9 Best Mini Exercise Bikes

Best Mini Exercise Bikes

I have decided to make a guide list of best mini exercise bikes on the market, mainly for two reasons. First of all, many people do not even know that something like portable exercise bike or mini bike exists. Second of all, I remember my father having one from about 20 years ago. He still has it and it’s quite functional.

I was quite positively surprised that so many different brands still produce these. These exercise peddlers are very useful if you want to exercise while working in your office or if you are constantly somewhere else in the building or a house. Basically all of them provide low-impact muscle movement, therefore can be used with injured knees.

Effective for Burning Calories?

Since the main use is for physical therapy, you might be asking if these mini peddlers will help you burn calories. Simple answer is yes. The pedal movement is the same as with any other stationary or outdoor bike, where you can effectively burn calories. These portable mini bikes have several advantages. Most of them are quite affordable and can fit under standard desks, so you can effectively use them during work or while watching TV.

But, I’d like to point out that the amount of burned calories will not be as big as with recumbent and stationary bikes, since with these bikes, you are involving several upper-body muscle systems as well. But if you can’t or don’t want to have a stationary bike, then mini peddlers are definitely a way to go.

Will You Get Big Muscles with a Mini Exercise Bike?

As I mentioned early, these bikes are often used for medical therapy and can be used even with injured knees or joints, therefore, the impact on muscles is not big. This is not the point, nor proper use for these bikes. So to answer the question simply once again, no. If you are looking for a stationary bike where you can increase your muscle quality and volume along with your endurance, I’d suggest looking for some recumbent or stationary exercise bikes.

With that being said, let’s jump right onto our list.

The Best Mini Exercise Bikes on the Market

Portable mini bikes have been on the market for a very long time, but I don’t think they are getting enough attention. Therefore, my guide was born.


1) Vive Pedal Exerciser

Mini portable exercise bike by Vive is with us for quite some time and after many years of service in a lot of homes, it deserves a place in our list.

Vive Pedal Exerciser

Features

The Vive pedal exerciser comes nearly assembled, you just have to set the tension knob and that’s basically it. For the convenience’s sake, it comes with a quick-setup guide. The bike is 9 inches high, so it will fit easily under any desk. Its compact design does not take much space. Non-slip designed feet makes sure the mini bike will not slide, no matter the flooring. Pedals come with non-slip surface with adjustable toe loops, thus increasing comfort and safety. Of course, using tension knob you can adjust the tension to suit your personal preferences. Vive portable bike comes in teal and silver colors.

The dimensions of the assembled product are 16 x 13.7 x 9 inches and the weight is 7.2 pounds.

Pros
  • Very easy assembly
  • Affordable
  • Easy to use
  • Compact
  • Quiet
Cons
  • If you are a tall person, you might have problems using it under confined desk
  • The straps on the peddlers could be thicker

Our rating: 4.5 Star Rating 4.5 / 5


2) Medical Folding Pedal Exerciser by Vaunn

Another portable mini bike on our list of best mini exercise bikes is medical folding pedal exerciser by Vaunn.

Medical Folding Pedal Exerciser by Vaunn

Features

This portable mini bike is also designed for arm and leg use to improve muscles toning and blood circulation. The bike comes with a small multifunctional LCD monitor that displays exercise time, calories burned, revolution count and revolution per minute. The bike is lightweight and due to its compact design, easy to store. It also comes fully assembled, so you do not have to worry about that. Adjustable tension knob allows you to set your preferred resistance level. The pedals are made of nonskid rubber for better stability and comfort. The feet of the bike are also rubbed, so it can be used on any floor.

The assembled dimensions are 20 x 15.75 x 13 inches and the unit weighs 5 pounds.

Pros
  • Very lightweight
  • Designed especially for health physical therapy
  • Small, yet sturdy construction
  • Modern, good looking design
Cons
  • Tension knob could be tighter
  • Resistance levels could be better

Our rating: 4.7 Star Rating 4.7 / 5


3) Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Mini Exercise Bike

Portable peddler by Sunny Health & Fitness also made it to our list of best portable mini bikes.

Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Mini Exercise Bike

Features

The main difference among competitors with this bike is the design. It looks like a modern vacuum cleaner with a handle for simple portability. The classic LCD displays offers time, speed, ODM, calories and distance. The mini bike is designed to support up to 220 lbs of weight. It comes with a magnetic system with 8 levels of resistance, so you can set your own personal level according to your preferences. The bike can be also placed on top of a table and can be used as an arm exerciser. The product comes nearly assembled and is not foldable.

The assembled dimensions are 22L x 18W x 14H inches and the weight is 21 lbs.

Pros
  • Sturdy Construction
  • Great looking design
  • 8 Resistance levels
  • Foot straps securely feet and hands tightly
  • Quiet run
Cons
  • The rubber feet are small and need to be secured additionally
  • The pedals need to be re-tightened every now and then

Our rating: 4.6 Star Rating 4.6 / 5


4) DeskCycle Under Desk Exercise Bike

Another fella who made it to our list of best mini exercise bikes is under desk exercise bike by DeskCycle.

DeskCycle Under Desk Exercise Bike

Features

The name says it all. The portable mini bike is built specifically with a very low height, so it can fight under any desk. The maximum pedal height is only 10 inches. According to manufacturer, you can safely use the mini peddler under desks that are as low as 27 inches. It also comes with a wider range of resistance levels, eight of them in total. The LCD multifunctional display offers speed, time, calories, distance and scan. DeskCycle also offers online calorie calculator on their website to check exact calories burned.

The product dimensions are 24 x 20 x 10 inches and the weight is 23 pounds.

Pros
  • Lowest pedal height available
  • Great to the office
  • Quiet
  • 8 Resistance levels
  • Useful for burning calories during office work
Cons
  • Pricey
  • Heavy

Our rating: 4.6 Star Rating 4.6 / 5


5) Drive Medical Deluxe Folding Exercise Peddler

Honestly, Folding Exercise Peddler by Medical Deluxe made it to our list mainly because of the price.

Drive Medical Deluxe Folding Exercise Peddler

Features

It is one of the cheapest mini portable bikes on the market. The included LCD display provides you with the exercised time info, rpm (revolution per minute), revolution count and burned calories, plus a scan feature for all values. It comes with four anti-slip rubber pads on the legs, thus preventing sliding. As with other models, resistance can be adjusted with the tension knob.  It comes pre-assembled; you just need to unfold the part that folds in.

The assembled dimensions are 15 x 6.5 x 17 inches and the weight is 5.1 pounds.

Pros
  • Quiet
  • LCD display with 5 different stats
  • Folding, compact design
  • One of the cheapest mini bikes on the market
Cons
  • Comes only in one color combination
  • The construction is not very sturdy

Our rating: 4 Star Rating 4.0 / 5


6) TODO Pedal Exerciser

This all-in-black exercise bike made it to our list of best mini portable bikes because of its simplicity, usefulness and attractive design.

TODO Pedal Exerciser

Features

Designed especially for medical knee recovery, pedal exerciser by TODO is used for arm and legs cycling at home or at the office. The bike is designed to increase circulation while not making too much noise. Comes with a big, easy to read multifunctional LCD monitor that can display RPM, speed, time, distance and burned calories. It also comes with a very simple tension knob to change the resistance level. Designed for long-term use, the reinforced steel frame can withstand 400 lbs of weight. TODO brand obviously did not try to save money on steel, as the bike’s flywheel is made of 5-pound steel. Due to its compact design, the mini bike is both, lightweight and portable.

The assembled measurements are 16 x 13.8 x 12.6 inches and the product’s weight is 11 pounds.

Pros
  • Sturdy steel construction
  • Up to 400 lbs of weight supported
  • Great for under-desk use
Cons
  • Needs to be placed on even and anti-skid floor
  • The rubber feet are too small

Our rating: 4.2 Star Rating 4.2 / 5


7) Vaunn Chrome Medical Pedal Exerciser

Second mini bike by Vaunn made it to our list of best mini exercise bikes. This time, we will take a closer look at the Chrome version.

Vaunn Chrome Medical Pedal Exerciser

Features

This portable mini bike is simply designed, yet does what it is expected to do. Made especially for physical therapy, the exercises on this bike purposefully provide gentle impact on the body, while muscle toning takes place. This one is as well designed for both, arms and legs exercises. The bike comes fully assembled, so that’s one checkmark done. The simple tension knob is used to adjust resistance level according to your needs. The strong chrome frame is designed for a long-term use and the construction is geometrically designed not to wobble. No-skid rubber platform along with reinforced rubber feet provides sale and comfy use on all kinds of floors.

The product’s dimensions are 16″(W) x 20″(D) x 14″(H) and the weight is 4.4 pounds.

Pros
  • Simple, yet sturdy construction
  • One-piece design
  • Extremely lightweight
  • Very good for injured knees / joints
  • Affordable
  • Quiet
Cons
  • Not a huge difference in various resistance levels
  • No LCD display

Our rating: 4.3 stars 4.3 / 5


8) Hausse Update Portable Exercise Pedal Bike

Portable exercise pedal bike by Hausse made it to our list of best mini exercise bikes as well, mainly because of its functional simplicity.

Hausse Update Portable Exercise Pedal Bike

Features

This particular bike can be used under any desk that is higher than 47 inches. It comes in the combination of black and white color and is oval in design. The big LCD functional display offers 6 different values: distance, time, count of movements within one session, total count of movements, total calories consumption and scan that offers any function to be scanned. It can be used with arms and legs as well. Tension level is easily changeable. The rugged bottom takes care of proper stabilization, no matter what floor you have it on. Hausse also offers 180 days’ warranty, which is not much, if you ask me.

The dimensions are 15.4 x 15.7 x 11.8 inches and the weight is 11.8 pounds.

Pros
  • Great in design
  • Affordable
  • Does not wobble
  • Huge display
Cons
  • Needs at least 47 inches’ table height
  • The resistance levels are not changed instantly

Our rating: 4 Star Rating 4.0 / 5


9) Firstry Portable Exercise Bike

The last on our list is mini peddler by Firstry is a great combination of design and functionality. Definitely deserves a place among our list of best exercise peddlers.

Firstry Portable Exercise Bike

Features

The bike comes pre-assembled, just need to install the pedals, so there’s no need to worry about assembly. The LCD display can track time, distance, speed and burned calories. As with most of other mini exercise bikes, this one also provides gentle impact on muscles, since it is mainly oriented for physical therapy. The pedals are non-slip and the entire construction is quite sturdy. This is also the case with the inner heavy-duty flywheel, so no plastics. Adjustable tension knob allows you to change the resistance levels according to your preferences. The mini bike is designed for quiet operation, thus can be used in the office or while watching TV.

The measurements of Firstry portable bike are 16 in. (L) x 13.3 in. (W) x 12.1 in. (H) and the weight is 8.4 pounds.

Pros
  • Heavy-duty steel flywheel
  • Small
  • Great design
  • Ultra quiet
  • Can be used for both, physical therapy and standard use
Cons
  • Comes only in all-black
  • Needs 2x AA batteries which are not included

Our rating: 4.6 Star Rating 4.6 / 5


Conclusion

That concludes our list of the best mini exercise bikes on the market. From the list we can see that most of the bikes are designed mainly for physical therapy, but a lot of people are using it just for legs exercising. In the end, it is up to you which one is your winner. Scamper over each mini peddler, check pros and cons and pick the one that suits all your needs.

I hope that my guide was helpful and that you found what you were looking for.