The Airgometer is not your typical indoor cycle. Apart from its looks, the resistance and flywheel system is entirely different. You’ll see that the flywheel isn’t even a flywheel-it’s a fan. The handles are longer and extend from the middle of the fan “wheel”. This bike is designed to give you a far different experience in the indoor cycling world.
What is the purpose behind using a fan instead of an actual wheel? This mechanism is simply called fan resistance, and it’s pretty ingenious. The faster the rider picks up or increases speed, the more air resistance he or she encounters. There is no dial or mechanism to change the resistance manually. It is entirely up to you to decide how much resistance you want and for how long.
True to its name, the Airgometer is all about building the rider’s stamina. The rider experiences wind generated by the fan from their own pedaling. Similar to how the Schwinn gives a semi-realistic outdoor experience, the Airgometer specializes in those long, grueling exercises.
Pedals, Seats, and Handlebars
The Airgometer tweaks the design of the indoor cycle but doesn’t alter it entirely. The pedals are not clipped or slip-in, but a push system familiar with most outdoor bikes. The seat is elevated backward, away from the center console. This gives the rider a more vertical position on the seat. The handlebars have been extended and curved towards the rider, so he or she doesn’t have to lean over.
The seat comes with an astonishing ten different adjustments, rivaling that of normal cycles. This gives the rider a variety of choices to make when choosing a comfortable seating arrangement. The pedals aren’t clip-on, so most running or athletic shoes will be fine when using the Airgometer.
The ingenuity behind the Airgometer’s design is that it is built for another purpose than just burning calories. In this position, the rider focuses more on stamina and endurance over an extended period of time. Other indoor cycles are built primarily for a fast paced and intensive calorie or fat burning exercise.
The center console is nothing fancy like the Peloton but does off the basic statistics. It will only display one meter at a time and does not measure your heart rate. Only certain cycles with sensors on the handlebars are equipped with this function.
Some riders have found immense trouble in the assembly and maintenance of the Airgometer. This is understandable considering the sophisticated technology that goes into fabricating this intuitive design. Since it doesn’t have the magnetic resistance system and more hardened parts, it’s just as susceptible to wear as most cycles.
We suggest doing as much research on the Airgometer beforehand to determine if this is the right bike for you. Apart from its construction, it is still a difficult cycle to learn and adapt to considering the change in its exercise. While not exactly for beginners, it may be an option for cyclists looking to up their endurance to last longer not just on the Airgometer, but on other cycles as well.