It's winter here and there's lots of snow which makes the streets narrow, and all the sidewalks are super slippery, and actual cycling is all but off the table. Me and my wife miss it. :)
So we're considering getting a stationary bike. But our condo is pretty small, so we want something really compact that can be put out of the way. We recently got rid of our old one which was falling apart and taking up waaay too much space, so it's already a bit ironic, but here we are.
Looking at current options, most leave a lot to be desired in the "compactness" department. One possible option is an X-shaped stationary bike. They come from many different manufacturers, but all look something like this (first picture off google):
That might be an option for us, since they usually can be folded pretty flat, but the first thing that immediately seems suspicious is the seat-vs-pedals alignment. At least in the pictures the pedals seem to be a lot further ahead than on a real bike. This is dictated by the X-shape so it's the same for all of them. But... is that comfortable? Can you really exercise effectively on this?
We're no professional cyclists nor even very fit people, so our requirements are low, but this looks just shady.
Does anyone have any experience with this or some words of wisdom in general about compact stationary bikes?