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Now that the weather is finally warm, you probably want to get outside and aren’t even thinking about new exercise equipment. But riding a bike outdoors is much different than indoor cycling and, you can’t bike outside if the weather is bad. Exercise bikes are a great way to get high-quality cardio workouts without the damaging impact on joints from running or jogging. Stationary bikes are also a great addition to your home gym because you can use them anytime, regardless of the weather outside. To make the decision easier, we rounded up a few of our favorite bikes for you below.

Peloton Bike

The Peloton Bike is the original immersive biking experience that inspired other apps such as iFit and Zwift, and it’s packed with leading-edge features and technology. The 21.5-inch HD touchscreen is adjustable for different heights and paired with a 2×10-watt sound system. The design is compact, with just a 4-foot by 2-foot footprint, so almost everyone can find room for a bike in their home.

Featuring individual profiles for household access, Peloton app access, a built-in microphone, Bluetooth connectivity, a Micro USB port, 16GB internal flash storage, access to thousands of Peloton classes on demand, and much more, this bike has tons of tech. The frame is made of welded steel and is powder coated, so it’s sturdy and powerful — the Poly V power transmission belt drive is strong and smooth. If you want even more tech, the Peloton Bike+ can deliver in the form of rear-facing woofers, reduced-reflective and anti-smudge coating, a larger screen that rotates 360 degrees, and more.

Schwinn 230 Recumbent Exercise Bike

The Schwinn 230 Recumbent Exercise Bike features 22 preset exercise programs and 20 different levels of resistance that provide you with a wide range of intensity training. The seat is mounted on a rail slider system, which means people of any height can comfortably use the bike.

The handlebars are padded for comfort and also include heart rate sensors so you can monitor your heart rate during your workout. The dual-screen system allows you to view workout stats, track progress, and set individual goals. The Schwinn 230 Recumbent Exercise Bike has a water bottle holder, in-console speakers, a USB port, and a device shelf.

Bowflex C6 Bike

The Bowflex C6 Bike is a stationary exercise bike that pairs with popular cycling apps for a total cycling experience. The bike features 100 adjustable magnetic resistance levels, a backlit LCD console, dual-link pedals with toe cages, and easy-to-reach cradles for 3-pound dumbbells. The ride is smooth and quiet, which makes for an enjoyable workout for you and the other members of your household.

Schwinn Fitness 170 Upright Bike

The Schwinn Fitness 170 indoor cycle is sturdy, quiet, and packed with features. Featuring a contoured seat and forearm rests, comfort is key with this bike. The high-inertia perimeter-weighted flywheel provides a workout that is effective and smooth.

Track your heart rate, distance, time, and calories on the LCD display. The Schwinn Fitness 170 Upright Bike features 25 levels of resistance, 29 preset programs, an MP3 input, USB charger port, and speakers.

Echelon EX-15

The base Echelon model doesn’t spare on features and performance, with 32 levels of silent and sturdy resistance. The footprint is small, with dimensions of just over 20 inches by 38 inches, and the adjustable steel frame ensures this bike will fit riders of all sizes. With the available membership, you get live and on-demand classes with world-class instructors as well as the latest in music from all sorts of genres on the Echelon Fit app. The ergonomic handlebars and adjustable competition seat are designed for comfort, so you can ride as long as you want.

Merax Indoor Cycling Exercise Bike

The Merax Indoor Cycling Exercise Bike has a 330-pound capacity due to its heavy-duty steel frame and 22-pound iron cast flywheel. The system is belt-driven, which provides a smooth ride. The LCD monitor allows you to track your speed, time, distance, and calories burned.

The Merax Indoor Cycling Exercise Bike’s handlebars and seat are adjustable for optimal comfort. Several different resistance setting ensure a customizable cycling experience every time you ride.

NordicTrack S15i Studio Cycle

The NordicTrack S15i Studio Cycle has a 14-inch rotating HD smart touchscreen so you can do more than just cycle — use the iFit app to do cardio and high-intensity interval training on the bike and strength training or stretching off the bike for a well-rounded workout. Wi-Fi connectivity lets you stream live workouts and check your stats on the live workout leaderboard. Featuring a 20% live incline and 10% live decline controls, and 22 digital resistance levels, this bike won’t let you get bored with your workouts. It’s compatible with Google Maps so you can map out your rides and Bluetooth so you can connect wirelessly to your favorite earbuds. The inertia-enhanced flywheel and commercial-grade steel construction make your ride feel sturdy yet smooth, and the one-touch controls make it easy to use.

Schwinn IC3 Indoor Cycling Exercise Bike

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This bike features a 40-pound flywheel for a premium indoor cycling experience. You can connect to popular cycling apps that allow you to explore virtual races, exotic locales, and trails from around the world as well as attend virtual classes. The seat is adjustable, so users of all sizes can ride comfortably.

The Schwinn IC3 Indoor Cycle’s LCD screen is full color, backlit, and monitors heart rate, speed, time, distance, calories, and RPMs. Heart rate tracking is Bluetooth enabled with the included arm strap. The machine features a water bottle holder, a USB charging port, and an integrated media rack.

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Super Mario World Is Now Playable In Widescreen

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Gif: Super Mario World Widescreen

Software engineer and SNES ROM hacker Vitor Vilela has led a team which has created and released Super Mario World Widescreen, a download that lets you play Nintendo’s Super Mario World—first released in 1990—on modern widescreen displays.

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Crucially SMWW keeps the game’s original 8:7 pixel aspect ratio, meaning that no matter how wide you stretch the display, “the screen you will see is like how would you see on a real TV screen connected to the SNES, except expanded to the widescreen resolution!”

Super Mario World is now available in widescreen

Left: playing SMW using a regular widescreen mod | Right: playing SMW on this custom widescreen release
Screenshot: Kotaku

While standard 16:9 and 16:10 monitor resolutions are supported, Vilela is also working on some other, funkier aspect ratios, like 2:1 and even 21:9 for anyone with an ultrawide monitor.

It’s available here, but before you go rushing to download it, there’s some stuff you need to know. Firstly, the download link is just for SMWW, and doesn’t contain a ROM of Super Mario World itself. You’ll have to find that…elsewhere.

And secondly, you’ll also need to download the emulator bsnes_hd, since the only way SMWW was made possible was because bsnes_hd allowed Vilela to increase the game’s horizontal resolution by 96 pixels, from 256×224 to 352×224. bsnes also allows many other SNES games to run in widescreen as well, though not to the same level of tailored perfection as we’re seeing here (as you can see in the comparison screenshot above, simply running SMW in bsnes has some framing issues).

You can check out a trailer below:

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Get free AirPods with Apple’s 2021 Back to School sale

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School is just now ending in many states around the country, but that didn’t stop Apple from kicking off its back-to-school sale this week. If you’re in the market for a new device ahead of the coming school year, Apple is giving away a free pair of AirPods with your purchase of any eligible computer or tablet. This includes the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, 24-inch iMac, Mac Pro, Mac mini, iPad Pro, and iPad Air, which leaves you with plenty of options.

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If you decide to take advantage of the promotion, all that you need to do is head to Apple’s Back to School landing page, select your Mac or iPad of choice, and proceed with the checkout process. After you’ve decided which model you’re going to choose, you’ll reach a page where you can add AirPods with a charging case (normally $159.99) to your order free of charge.

If you’d prefer to have a wireless charging case, you can upgrade for $40, and you’d rather get a pair of AirPods Pro, it’s going to cost you $90. You can also opt not to take the free AirPods at all, but even if you don’t need the wireless headphones, they’d probably make a solid gift.

In addition to the AirPods offer, Apple is also giving current and newly accepted college students and their parents, as well as teachers and staff, 20% off AppleCare+ for the products they buy.

It’s also worth noting that all new Apple devices come with three-month free trials to both Apple Arcade and Apple TV+. For quite some time, Apple was giving consumers a free year of Apple TV+, but as we learned earlier this week, the company actually wants people to start paying for the streaming service at some point. Therefore, all of the initial free trials from 2019 that have been extended multiple times will finally be ending in July. Furthermore, eligible devices activated July 1st, 2021 or later will qualify for offers of 3 months free Apple TV+, so if you want a full year (as well as some free AirPods), you might want to place your order soon.

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Everyone’s binge-watching this raunchy new Netflix comedy right now

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For anyone in the US who’s been going through Schitt’s Creek withdrawals and could use a hilarious new comedy from our neighbor to the north, especially as an antidote of sorts to the pandemic and all kinds of other negative news in the world right now, rejoice — Netflix has you covered, in the form of a raunchy sitcom from Catherine Reitman.

Season 5 of her show Workin’ Moms just got added to Netflix in the US a few days ago, and already it’s one of the most-watched Netflix shows, having rocketed up the streamer’s ranks of what’s popular across the service at any given moment. Reitman, the daughter of famed Hollywood director Ivan Reitman, not only stars in the series but she always writes and directs, and as of the time of this writing the series is currently the #4 most-viewed TV show on Netflix in the US. Originally broadcast in Canada via the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), this comedy is built around the following, according to Netflix’s summary: “Maternity leave is over, and it’s time for these four moms to return to work while navigating kids, bosses, love, and life in modern-day Toronto.”

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Reitman will already be familiar to American audiences thanks to acting in such productions as It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Friends With Benefits, and Knocked Up. Her Workin’ Moms cast also includes Dani Kind, Juno Rinaldo, and Jessalyn Wanlim.

As far as how much of the show is available on Netflix right now, subscribers can stream all five available seasons of the show. Reitman recently took to Instagram to confirm that Season 6 of the show is a go, it having been renewed by CBC. In terms of when that means we can expect it to make its way to Netflix — don’t expect it before 2022, probably mid-year.

Check back here this weekend, meanwhile, for our latest complete rundown on what’s hot and being binged the most right now across all the major streaming services, from Netflix to Disney+, Apple TV+, HBO Max, and more. Our list comes, as always, from the team at the streaming search engine service Reelgood, which regularly shares with a BGR a snapshot of what shows and movies are the most popular on a weekly as well as monthly basis among its millions of users.

Reelgood, by the way, is a great service to be aware of, if you’re not already and if you’re a streaming power-user. It aims to be a one-stop-shop that makes finding shows and movies to watch convenient, especially since it gets a little hard to keep track of which service has this or that new TV show — and since they’re all constantly adding and removing content pretty regularly.

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