How To Convert Bicycle To Exercise Bike? (And Should You?)

Bike to Exercise Bike Conversion Guide

You can convert your old bicycle to an exercise bike with this simple guide.

STEP 1: Remove the Seat and Seat Post

Unbolt both seat post bolts and remove them, followed by the actual seat itself. Set aside for use during STEP 6. 

STEP 2: Turn the Handlebars 90 Degrees

The next thing you should do is rotate the handlebars 90 degrees. Grasp them and rotate, and set the head of the handlebars towards the front wheel.

The brake levers should be on the right side of your body as if you were to ride it normally. 

STEP 3: Connect Your Handlebars to Your Frame

Now that the handlebars have been rotated, you will connect them to the frame. Get a metal pipe clamp and slip it over one of your bicycle’s top tubes.

If you do not have any clamps, simply use a piece of rope or string. The diameter of this should be enough to fit snuggly around your handlebars and the top tube.

STEP 4: Making the Seat Post

You will now need to make your own seat post since you removed it earlier. Use a length of metal piping that is sized just larger than the diameter of your bike’s top tube.

Ensure it fits perfectly within the frame and can slide up and down without too much resistance. Then, take the head of the seat post, and slip it into the handlebars, front wheel.

STEP 5: Pedals

Set your pedals (flat or SPD style) on the bicycle’s bottom bracket axle. Make sure to orientate them so they are facing you when you will begin riding.

Take note of which side each pedal is on, as you will need to attach the pedal straps in STEP 6.

STEP 6: Pedal Straps

You can now begin attaching your pedals to the bike, using the pedal strap(s) you chose.

The clip end of each should slide into place on each side of one or both pedals.

Ensure that they are secure and then feed the loose end through the buckle. Pull tight to secure in place, and you’re done!

You can now ride your converted exercise bike with a stable base for low-impact cardio training.

Make sure that you do not exceed 60 minutes in any session, in order to avoid muscle pain or damage.

Riding time should be increased in ten-minute increments every week until you can comfortably ride for an hour.

Working your way up is the safest and most efficient way to ensure that you will not become injured in the process, and do it right from the start.

The entire conversion should take no more than an hour if you have all of the correct tools available.

This includes a pipe clamp or rope/string, adjustable wrench, and both pedal straps.

Can I use a bicycle for exercising without any modifications?

You can engage in low-impact cardio training by riding a standard bicycle.

However, it will not be nearly as effective or enjoyable without pedals that clip into place for power delivery.

Also, you will need a sensor for any signs of muscle pain or damage when engaging in this type of activity.

Buying an exercise bike would be the most efficient way to ensure an effective workout without any of these issues.

The exercise bike can be adjusted for different seating positions, and it will give you more control over your workouts.