Reviews of Schwinn Exercise Bikes
The legendary bike maker continues to grow and expand. Schwinn stationary bikes, including upright and recumbent (“reclining”) bikes, are part of an exciting indoor division of the leading American icon in recreation and fitness equipment.
Launched in 1895 in Chicago by Ignaz Schwinn and his partner Adolph Arnold, the company name became synonymous with all types of bikes in America, spanning over 100 years and still going strong today.
During the 20th Century, the company introduced many technologies for bikes including the balloon tire, aerodynamic frames, the anti-theft Cyclelock®, the fore-wheel brake, cantilever frame, and the spring fork.
Having established its lead among outdoor bike manufacturers, Schwinn introduced the upright exercise bike for indoor fitness in 1967, and the Airdyne® stationary bike in 1978. Partnering with fitness guru Johnny Goldberg, the company brought out the trademark Spinner Bike in 1995. In 1998, the company merged with GT bicycles to form the Schwinn/GT Corporation.
By 2001, the outdoor bikes division had been taken over by Pacific Cycle, while the fitness division of Schwinn/GT, including a line of elliptical trainers and treadmills, was acquired by Direct Focus, Inc., a company that was formerly known as Bowflex of America when it was founded in 1986. Direct Focus has since acquired the Nautilus and StairMaster brands as well as Schwinn.
Today, the company is called Nautilus, Inc., and it manufactures the Bowflex, Nautilus, Schwinn and Universal brands of home exercise equipment.
Leading the way in their revolutionary technology and quality, Schwinn exercise bikes have claimed the top spot among leading manufacturers of indoor cycling equipment. They have managed to combine quality engineering with an economical design in order to deliver an exceptional low impact cardiovascular workout for users who want to get in shape at home.
Schwinn’s line of upright bikes and recumbent bikes includes the standard Upright Exercise Bikes, which continue to build on the successful designs of the past. Currently there are the 130 and 170 Upright Bikes.
There's a line of affordable Recumbent Bikes, including the 230 and 270, with similar features as their comparable upright models.
There is also an indoor cycling bike called the IC2, and an elliptical hybrid bike called the 520 Reclined Elliptical (recently discontinued), and a commercial-grade model called the AC Performance Plus, available with a chain drive or the patented Carbon Blue belt drive.
The company also produces the classic Airdyne, the large air-resistant flywheel exercise bike that hasn’t changed in function or design in decades. It is arguably the best value ever presented in a cardio machine.
Costing around $300 - $700 depending on the model you choose (AD2, AD6, AD7/Pro), the Airdynes last for 15 to 20 years or more, with little to no mechanical problems.
It is still the flagship of Schwinn exercise bikes, which continues to be the top brand of indoor cycling machines in the new century.
Schwinn 130 Upright - Still available at several online retailers but is being phased out in favor of the newer Schwinn 170.
Schwinn 170 Upright - An upgrade to the 130 model with more workouts, higher resistance levels and wireless heart rate monitoring capability.
Schwinn AD2 Airdyne - The Schwinn AD2 adopts the best features of the original Airdyne wind resistance technology in a quieter, smaller, easier to set up, and less expensive bike.
Schwinn AD6 Airdyne - The most popular wind resistance model with improvements across the board such as the enhanced RevMeter and quieter fan.
Schwinn AD7/Pro Airdyne - A higher grade version of the AD6 with more durable components and 10 built in workouts.
Indoor Cycling Bikes
Schwinn IC2 Indoor Cycle - User reviews on the Schwinn IC2 are very favorable for this beginner’s model costing just $285.
Schwinn AC Performance Plus - a real winner with Carbon Blue belt drive, lightweight frame and plenty of adjustability including incline.
Schwinn 230 Recumbent - Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars in hundreds of reviews written by current owners; has landed on several best buy lists at consumer research websites.
Schwinn 270 Recumbent - An improvement on the 230 with additional workout options and more resistance levels.
Schwinn Magnetic Bike Trainer - This trainer gets awesome reviews from avid cyclists who have used a number of trainers and prefer this one because of the durability and low cost. Designed for bikes with a quick release rear wheel.
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