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Schwinn Recumbent Bike Series

(8 customer reviews)


Schwinn Recumbent Bike Series

Last updated on 28/01/2022 2:51 am Details

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Schwinn Recumbent Bike Series

  • With enhanced Bluetooth connectivity, users can set, track and monitor progress with popular app-based tracking tools.
  • Explore the world and discover 50plus global routes that auto-adjust in real time to your speed
  • Fully-loaded console with DualTrack blue backlit LCD screens offers 29 workout programs and visibility to workout metrics, even when the media tray is in use
  • 25 levels of resistance for a wide range of workout intensity options
  • Telemetry heart rate enabled and ergonomically placed grip heart rate for a relaxed riding position when using a heart rate program
  • Ventilated and contoured seat with padded seat bottom and aluminum slider seat rail system with quick and easy lever
  • High speed, high inertia perimeter weighted flyhweel for a smooth and quiet workout

8 reviews for Schwinn Recumbent Bike Series

  1. Alicia

    Machine sensor stopped working after two workouts so will not turn on by pedalling anymore and if you turn on the machine manually and start a workout out the workout immediately pauses and states “start pedalling to continue workout”. I checked the manual for troubleshooting but it hasn’t been very helpful. It just states “check if wires are connected” they are so I must have a faulty part. Amazon will only cover $3.99 of shipping fees to return this to get a product that works and I already spent 90 minutes assembling it. Now I have to dissassemble to ship back and not recoup all of my money or pay to ship it back so I can get a new one, only to reassemble the machine again. I am not very happy with this purchase.

  2. François, Laval

    Very disatisfied with this product. First, Amazon wouldn’t make home delivery. This is a 100 lbs box and I wonder how one person delivery crew actually make home deliveries? Not seen one comment on this issue. Had to pick up the box at UPS distribution center, a one-hour roundtrip. Amazon offered generous 5$ indemnity… Better to buy retail after checking and testing product. After assembling the bike, I realized how poorly designed this was. The seat back holds in a half-pipe configuration with 8 screws. This is very lousy design. At first spins of the bike the seat immediately tilted right and left. You do not want this. If you weigh 200lbs or more, this is serious concern. In comparison, our previous bike (Reebock RX trainer 4.0) was gym-quality solid as a cement bench. This Schwinn toy felt like a 19th century rocking chair. Also the Schwinn top handles are placed behind the console and accessible only if you bend your back. I do not get the ergonomics of this, not very useful. I returned the product and arranged to have our Reebok bike repaired. Without ever mentionning our Schwinn experience, repairman informed us that some new bikes like the Schwinn products, do not cary replacement parts!?! Unbelievable. Stay away from this. The only positive the Schwinn had vs. the Reebok was that it has a water bottle holder whereas the Reebok doesn’t. We can do without.

  3. Randy

    Been using the bike for almost two weeks now. Overall, I think it’s a great piece of equipment with just a few caveats mentioned below. I went with a recumbent bike for several reasons, but mainly because my knees can’t hold up to the stress of a treadmill yet. I’m a fairly large individual who is needing to lose weight to make sure I’m around to see my son grow up.

    First, the bike is rated for a maximum weight of 325 lbs. I’m more in the 350 range, but I decided to take a chance that the max weight is probably less than what the bike can actually support. Fortunately, I was correct in this assumption. However, if you are above the maximum weight, just know that you are using the bike at your own risk.

    The main thing to understand though, is that for performing cardio exercise, the bike is great. It’s quiet, doesn’t draw a ton of electricity, is well made, and isn’t too difficult to put together. The features all work as advertised, with some minor exceptions I’ll get to in a moment.

    When the bike arrived, it’s in a single large cardboard box. It’s somewhat heavy, although my wife and I who are every bit the opposite of body builders didn’t have too much trouble moving it upstairs to it’s designated spot. I did the assembly myself which took about an hour or so. Tools are included with the bike, but if you have a set of allen wrenches and a couple of decent phillips head screw drivers, you’ll probably want to use those. The assembly instructions were pretty good, consisting of just diagrams.

    The seat is reasonably comfortable, even given my… ahem… larger size. The built in programs seem to be pretty good, but I’m not much of an expert on how effective they are for various goals. I have been using the intervals program mainly since my goals are primarily weight loss and improved cardio fitness. Changing resistance levels is very straight forward.

    One thing I highly recommend is visiting the Schwinn website and downloading the manual for the 2017 model (as mentioned by another reviewer), as there are some differences with the various features between the provided paper manual and how they actually work.

    So what are the negatives?

    – The built-in heart rate contacts on the side handles are flaky at best. If you want to monitor your heart rate, you’ll definitely want to order the 

    Polar T31 Non-Coded Transmitter and Belt Set

    . It works very well with the 270. It does occasionally give an anomalous reading where it looks like your heart rate jumps by 10 or so bpm for a moment, but other than that, it’s been very useful. Just don’t get a “coded” Polar chest strap as it won’t work with the bike.

    – The built in speakers pretty much blow, but I wasn’t expecting much from them and only checked them out for the sake of this review.

    – There is a small shelf that you can set your tablet or phone on to watch media while you’re exercising. It blocks the main display, but I actually like that so I’m not just staring at how many minutes I have left in the workout. However, if you place a regular iPad-sized tablet a bit too far to the left, it seems to interfere with receiving the signal from a chest strap. Setting my iPhone 6 Plus there in landscape mode doesn’t seem to bother it. Not a huge deal for me, but something to keep in mind.

    – It would be nice if the built in fan had a little more oomph.

    Lastly, for me, the calorie count is always pretty far off of what would be expected. However, as mentioned earlier, I’m am fairly over the maximum weight for the bike. When you configure your user on the bike’s console, it doesn’t allow you to put in a weight above 325. Obviously that would have some bearing on the calorie count being different. I’ve been using my Apple Watch to figure out a more accurate assessment. However, it’s probably worth noting that even if my weight was exactly 325, the count given by the bike is no where near what most formulas found online would indicate. I suspect this is mainly due to not factoring in an average heart rate, but I don’t know for sure.

    The iPhone app is functional, if a bit rudimentary. Linking workout data to My Fitness Pal works very well, although I manually modify the calorie count on the My Fitness Pal web site.

    Bottom line, however, is if you are looking for something to get yourself going on a path to better fitness or less weight, the bike is great. I actually really enjoy exercising with it. My plan is that once I’ve lost some of this weight and in somewhat better condition, I’ll invest in a treadmill. For now, though, the bike serves my needs and I’m already seeing slight improvements in the stability of my knees and ankles. Most importantly, exercising combined with a better diet has already resulted in getting a few pounds off.

  4. Amazon Customer

    I replaced my old Schwinn with this one as my old one gave up the ghost; I was unable to get it fixed as it was considered obsolete and parts were no longer available. I have been using my new one for the last three weeks and happy with it except a couple of things such as I find the seat & backrest uncomfortable (I don’t have much natural padding), the monitor is positioned too high affecting the view of my TV. Most importantly I’m now having a problem with the heart rate sensors as I don’t get a reading on the display until I’m half way through my 30 minute workout. I called Schwinn and problem solved once I put some hand lotion on I instantly got a reading. So unless your bony like me and have dry hands you shouldn’t have any issues lol.

  5. Triple C

    In summary, this is an excellent exercise bike with all the bells and whistles. A great addition to my home gym.

    After trying Schwinn 270 recumbent bike at my local sporting goods store (Dick’s Sporting Goods) and liking it a lot, I was contemplating between the 270 and the 230. Basically there are three main differences: (1) The 270 has 25 levels of resistance versus 20 levels for the 230. (2) The seat has cushion on the 270 while the 230 has a plastic seat with holes for airflow. (3) The 270 could have up to 4 saved profiles and the 230 could have 2. Number of profiles on the 270 might be a good feature for folks who would share the bike with more than 2 people but I was only sharing with my wife so it wasn’t a big deal for me. And since the 230 is a new model (2016 vs. 2013), I decided to go with the 230 and I couldn’t be happier.

    Before I talk about pros and cons, I just wanted to talk just a little bit about myself so you get a better perspective. I’m 5’9”, male, 160 lbs, in my 30s, in a relatively good shape but nothing close to a triathlon athlete or body builder. I’m just a casual rider who puts in about 30-45 minutes, 2-3 times a week.

    – The bike has a very smooth ride on all resistances. No squick, no thump, just a smooth sound of a well-oil machine probably very close to those heavy duty commercial grade exercise bikes you see at the gym.
    – Slider seat is so easy to adjust. I know for this price range, this is a requirement especially when two of us are sharing this bike adjusting back and forth.
    – Sturdy! Of course as I described above I’m not testing this bike to it max limits since I’m just an average guy with average use but so far, nothing is shaking and nothing is loose.
    – Low impact on your knees and joints but you could probably say the same on all bikes and elliptical machines.
    – Programs. Many programs to choose from. Some are fun while others I’m never going back to but that’s just based on my personal preference.
    – Two LCD monitors. This allows me to put my iPad on top while I keep track of my workout on the bottom LCD.
    – Great, knowledgeable and friendly customer service. Registering product and basic troubleshooting were easy.
    – Assembly wasn’t a rocket science. It seems all the parts that you think could be assembled in the factory, they assembled in the factory so good job Schwinn. But that doesn’t mean I only spent 3 minutes putting this bike together like putting a hot pocket in a microwave. Think of the assembly process as preparing a delicious food using a slow cooker. It takes time but not difficult if you know what I mean 😉 So I would say 1-2 hours depending on your skills.

    – 2 Profiles. Now this is not a con for me since I’m only sharing this bike with my wife but if you have 3 or more people sharing and want to save your workout results and progress, you can’t do it with this bike. The 270 allows 4 profiles just as an FYI.
    – The front panel / LCD dashboard does not look like the one shown on the Amazon page. Please refer to my picture. It is less shiny and you will notice the logo on top is not red in real life. Also the buttons are the same color as the panel but when you look at the picture on Amazon it is darker and shinier. This is definitely not a deal breaker and maybe I’m just being picky but I just wanted to note.
    – Plastic seat and back. I personally haven’t had any discomfort riding on a plastic seat but I could see that this may be slightly uncomfortable if you ride more frequently. Again, this is an exercise bike not a La-Z-Boy recliner so I expect less comfort from this bike. But then again, I could see that this could potentially be an issue.

    Another note – I also purchased Supermats Heavy Duty P.V.C. Mat for Treadmills/Ski Machine (2.5-Feet x 6-Feet) to go with this bike in case you are wondering. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004IJI7HW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

  6. Emily

    My Boyfriend and I decided to purchase this bike together after realizing the cost savings on a gym membership. It has two different profiles that it can save so you can view your past workout history. I mainly use the interval program on the bike, and it is definitely a challenge! I like that I can continue to modify the preset programs so I won’t be bored with them. The heart rate programs are difficult to follow, mainly because they shut off if you cannot get a heart beat on the bike handles, which is sometimes difficult when you are sitting there for 30 minutes.
    The bike is very quiet, I have worked out while my boyfriend was sleeping and he did not hear anything. I have also been able to turn on the tv/stereo and still here the programming without turning it up too high. The built in speakers are great for when I want to listen to a podcast. My boyfriend loves the built in fan, which is again very quiet. I imagine I will use the fan more as summer comes along.
    The bike is very sturdy and does not shake back and forth when you are on it. It came disassembled and my boyfriend was able to put it together mostly by himself, although there are a few places where having two people is beneficial.

  7. ChrisPCreme

    It arrived yesterday in a massive heavy box. The main frame, flywheel and seat base were all pre assembles. The seat support structure, electrical wiring and computer/handle bar sections needed to be assembled. It took me 2 hours to assemble with a second pair of hands to aid in the handlebar/shroud assembling as I needed to balance holding three components at the same time to finish the build. As a 6’2″ 300 lb male, I wanted a recumbent bike that did not shake, was solid construction and gave me enough leg length for safe and proper movement. This bike fit the bill perfectly. It is almost silent when in use with only the small fan producing any noise. Lots of challenging programs. Not that the USB port will not charge anything more than a cell phone as my iPad does not get enough juice to charge when plugged in. The difference a seated position makes compared to an upright stationary bike is amazing. I no longer rock left and right peddling and can focus on speed and resistance with no back strain at all. I would fatigue on the upright cycle quickly com pared to the reclined position of this comfortable bike. It appears to be well designed and well made considering it’s excellent price point. I look forward to many sessions on it. The bluetooth connectivity is linked to the Shwinn app in the phone only so make sure to setup the date and time, and a personal height/weight/age profile on the system to properly register workouts to the app. Alternatively, a USB key can be used to upload data to the web version of the application. The fan is a nice touch to keep air on the face when cycling.

  8. Thomas Kausner

    Ordered this about 3 months ago. My husband uses it daily for therapy. It started making a noise when pedaling. I called the manufacturer who listened to the noise over the phone. The customer service representative diagnosed the problem as a bad bearing. I’m now waiting for a special tool to remove the crank. Why am I the repairman? Between waiting for the special tool and then the part so I can repair it, it will be down for weeks to a month. Really? I paid extra to get a reliable product! What happens in another 3 months? Will I have to replace the bearing again? The idea that I am suddenly a bike repairman is ludicrous. Very disappointed in this company’s warranty.

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