The Schwinn AD2 Airdyne Exercise Bike adopts the best features of the original Air Dyne wind resistance technology in a quieter, smaller, easier to set up, and less expensive bike.
The easy-to-use LCD console displays feedback for time, speed, distance, calories, and RPMs, and operates on 2 AA batteries.
Let's take a look at the specs...
The Schwinn AD2 Airdyne bike features:
The Schwinn AD2 AirDyne exercise bike uses a quiet single-stage belt drive and a patent-pending BioDyne air fan for resistance. The Air Resistance Technology means that there are no resistance “levels” to dial up or down: resistance is infinite as it automatically increases as you pedal faster – that is the beauty and the simplicity of these legendary AirDynes.
Another plus: the wind created by the fan wheel blows back on the user which is a pleasant and convenient way to stay cool during the workout. The 520 recumbent features this technology as well.
There is no chain drive so this belt drive model is much quieter than the original AirDyne, and the new frame has a shroud cover over the crank and fan to keep out dirt and dust. The moving arms provide a synchronized upper and lower body workout, or you can place your feet on the convenient foot pegs and use the handles for a more focused workout on the upper body.
Again, the resistance in the handles is the same as with the pedals: simply move the handles faster if you want to make the workout harder.
One of the negatives on newer Schwinn models is the subpar warranty. Although it is priced very well, you only get 5 years on the frame which is not so great.
You might want to look at the up-level AD6 Airdyne which gives you a 15 year frame warranty as well as many other advanced features that you won't find on the AD2.
AirDyne bikes have been on the market for more than 25 years with most original models still in use. Schwinn is pushing the envelope here; the Schwinn AD2 AirDyne exercise bike is 1/3 less expensive than the original and attracting new users who want a quieter ride yet can still enjoy the benefits of an air resistance fan bike.
The Schwinn AD2 looks to be a winner as the reviews indicate that new owners are very happy with the bikes. They are easy to assemble (one hour or less versus up to three hours with the large wheel AirDyne), and most users opt to assemble the bikes themselves rather than pay extra for delivery and set-up service.
We were skeptical at first that a compact model could handle users ranging from petite women up to large men, but the Schwinn AD2 Airdyne exercise bike is so solid and fully adjustable that it suites the needs of most users.
At less than $350, it allows people who can’t afford the $570 AD6 or who do not want to put up with the difficult assembly process. The AD2 takes care of all that. For its quality, value, and reasonable price, the AD2 is a Best Buy.
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