Winter is rapidly approaching, and as I can't drive anymore due to poor vision, the cold makes getting out to the gym difficult. Last year, when I was frozen inside my house, my only recourse for cardio was sort of half-jogging up and down the (short) length of my house. I'd like to do better this year.
Specifically, what I'd like is a comfortable, heavy-duty recumbent exercise bike. I mean like something that you'd find in a gym or a physical therapy center, something meant to stand up under a lot of use. I'd like to be able to crank out a couple hours a day on this thing while listening to podcasts, and I don't want it to shake itself apart or pop a chain or whatever these things are apt to do.
Obviously some rinky-dink $300 thing is not going to do the job, but I'm not sure what will. I don't know what brands are good, I don't know what I should expect to pay. My vision also makes long stretches of online research way more of a pain in the ass than it needs to be, so I was hoping someone here could point me in the right direction. What are the good brands? Even better, what are the good models? How much should I expect to pay? What other things should I know that I don't know enough to ask about right now?