Because they're not paying the overhead costs of a store, these savings get passed on to you and you can often save hundreds of dollars on a brand name stationary bike.
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Plus, most of these stores will give you free shipping (which can save you up to $150). And you can even save on sales tax in some areas.
#2) Buy Directly From The Manufacturer
Some stationary bike manufacturers will sell their bikes directly to the consumer (See our Where To Buy section for a list). By skipping the middleman (the store) you also save on the mark up price that the store has to add to make a profit.
This can, again, save you hundreds of dollars and get you a brand name exercise bike for a discount price. Like online stores, when you buy directly online from the manufacturer, you also can usually get free shipping and even save on sales tax.
#3) Buy a Remanufactured or Used Exercise Bike
If you want a solid, commercial exercise bike without paying a commercial price, a remanufactured bike can save you thousands of dollars. Remanufactured exercise bikes aren't simply taken from health clubs and resold to you.
They are taken, stripped down and basically rebuilt from the ground up. Only when they pass certain standards are they resold to the general public. This basically means that you can buy a health club bike for 1/2 to 1/3 of the price (and even get a warranty included).
For example the list price of a Life Fitness Recumbent bike may be $3500 for the gym, but remanufactured one from Amazon, you can get it for around $1700. While buying used may not be for everyone, it's becoming extremely popular with buyers who want that commercial health club quality feel for less.
So those are 3 ways to buy a discount exercise bike.
Here's another savings tip: At certain parts of the year, you can get HUGE discounts on exercise bikes as manufacturers try to clear out old models.
Best time of year to buy? End of the Year (i.e. Christmas), Start of the Year (i.e. New Years) and middle of the year (Summer).