The Schwinn 220 recumbent exercise bike is an attractive model, well priced at under $350, and offers a nearly silent ride – perfect for watching TV while pedaling a “reclining” stationary bike.
The LCD display gives readouts for time (miles/km), speed, distance, Watt, pulse, resistance, and calories. The Schwinn 220 recumbent exercise bike features:
UPDATE: The 220 recumbent bike is no longer available for sale.
Check out our review of the new 230 replacement model
The Schwinn 220 exercise bike features a 13.2-pound flywheel, a magnetic Eddy Current Brake system, 16 levels of resistance, fore/aft seat adjustment, a small magazine rack, and contact heart rate sensors built into the handlebars.
The heavy flywheel gives smooth consistent motion that feels like pedaling a real bike. The stabilizers and nearly 100-lb frame provide a solid workout platform for users up to 300 pounds.
The Schwinn 220 recumbent bike also features Schwinn’s exclusive BioFit™ Comfort including the step-through frame for easy mounting, adjustable console and seat, and an ergonomic pedal stance with a 1 degree tilt providing more comfortable pedaling.
The reviews on the Schwinn 220 are overwhelmingly positive, with users rating it above average to excellent in terms of quiet operation (“nearly silent”), solid ride, ease of assembly, and ergonomics. On the downside, the 6-month parts/electronics warranty is a concern but you can get a third party warranty for 3 years from Squaretrade, which offers rates up to 70% less than the cost of the manufacturer’s extended warranty.
At $349, the Schwinn 220 recumbent exercise bike is an excellent value for users who want a well-built entry-level cardio machine. The next model up, the Schwinn 240 at $449, offers more programs, oversized pedals, and optional telemetry heart rate monitoring.
If you don’t need the extra fancy features, you will enjoy the quality and affordability of this 220 model.
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