Schwinn is a powerhouse when it comes to exercise bikes. Problem is, there are way too many styles to choose from. It can be frustrating—to say the least—when you want an exercise bike, and know which brand you want it from, but don’t know where to start. Which is where this review came from.
The following review is meant to showcase Schwinn’s most popular exercise bikes. From recumbent and uprights to indoor cycles and Airdyne bikes. I cover the most popular products in each category. And tell you everything you need to know about it.
The good stuff. The bad stuff. And who each bike is meant for. If you want to know more about a specific model, look for a link to the complete review.
Let’s get into it!
Types of Schwinn Exercise Bikes
Schwinn has 3 popular recumbent exercise bikes. The Schwinn A20. The Schwinn 230. And the Schwinn 270. There are mini-reviews below on each of these bikes. Along with links to the complete review.
Who are recumbent bikes meant for?
For beginners who prefer low to moderate intensity exercise. Your legs are almost entirely isolated from the rest of your body which make them great if you have a bad back.
Schwinn has several popular upright bikes on the market today. The Schwinn 130. The Schwinn 170. And the Schwinn A10. Check out the reviews below.
Who are upright bikes meant for?
Upright exercise bikes offer more strenuous workouts than recumbent bikes. They ride like regular outdoor bikes and some models are sturdy enough for you to stand and pedal. Which means you can do HIIT training.
If you want a moderate to high-intensity workout, to build muscle, repair a bad knee, or to lose weight, you want an upright bike. However, upright bikes are no good if you have a bad back. If that’s the case, I would recommend staying with a recumbent bike.
Because with upright bikes, your upper body and core is much more engaged.
Schwinn has several popular air bikes you might be interested in. The Schwinn AD2. The Schwinn AD6. The Schwinn AD7. And the Schwinn AD7 Pro. Given their simple design and functionality, they tend to last longer than most exercise bikes.
Who are airdyne bikes meant for?
Airdyne bikes (AKA air bikes or fan bikes) are very safe, low impact, and great for joint rehabilitation.
Given the infinite levels of resistance, and the fan based resistance, these bikes are really designed for high-intensity interval training. The harder you pedal, the tougher the resistance.
Airdyne bikes also offer a total body workout. So you can push/pull with your arms as you pedal with your legs.
Schwinn has a few different indoor cycle bikes on the market. The Schwinn IC2. The Schwinn IC3. And the Schwinn AC.
Who are spin bikes meant for?
Ever been to a spin class? And seen those exercise bikes with huge chrome wheels and small screens? Those are spin bikes.
The biggest differentiator between spin bikes and other exercise bikes is the flywheel. AKA the heart of the spin bike. What does the flywheel do? It helps simulate the ride of an outdoor bike. And they are usually pretty big. Upwards of 45 lbs in some cases. Perimeter-weighted flywheels tend to offer the smoothest and most comfortable rides.
Serious cyclists tend to rely on indoor spin bikes as a substitute to training outdoors in the cold winter months. They are designed for high-intensity workouts. But you don’t have to be a cyclist to buy a spin bike. They are a great way for any intermediate to advanced fitness levels to burn fat and lose weight from the comfort of their own home.
Spin bikes are not meant for people at a beginner fitness level. If that sounds like you, you would be better off going with a recumbent bike or upright bike as they allow for low to moderate intensity workouts.
Things to Consider Before Buying a Schwinn Exercise Bike
Nautilus: The parent company of Schwinn. That also owns Bowflex. For customer service issues, reach out to them directly. Hours are 9AM-8PM EST. They can be reached at (800) 605-3369.
Manufacturing: Not all Schwinn bikes come from the same place. If this is a point of potential concern, and you want to know where a specific model is manufactured, make sure to do some additional research before buying. Best bet is to call them directly.
Best Schwinn Exercise Bikes — Reviews & Recommendations
Best Schwinn Indoor Cycling Bike: Schwinn IC3
Comfort is a focus with this bike. The handlebars are large and padded so your arms/hands won’t get sore during long sessions. And the seat can be all 4 ways: up, down, forward, backward.
The SPD pedals are convenient and give you some choices that not all spin bikes do. They allow you to spin with any kind of shoe. You can either use the toe cages if your shoes don’t have clips built in, or you can clip in your cycling shoes if you prefer those.
The only drawback with this bike is the simple console. But then again, as I mentioned earlier, spin bikes don’t usually come with big fancy displays.
The Schwinn IC3 is meant for serious cyclists to train indoors during the cold winter months.
Compare to the Schwinn IC2:
- IC2 has a lighter flywheel (31 lbs)
- IC2 support less weight (250 lbs)
- IC2 seat doesn’t adjust as much (less comfortable)
- IC2 does not support wireless heart rate monitors
Best Schwinn Upright Bike: Schwinn 170
It comes with 29 built-in exercise programs which is the most I have seen of any upright bike. Having so many built-in programs is nice because it gives you some variety to your workout. You also save a lot of time since you can just hop on the bike, choose a program, and start your workout right away.
There are 25 levels of resistance which is good for your wallet. How? Well, no matter how much you improve, chances are you won’t be stronger than level 25, which means you won’t need to replace the bike anytime soon.
As for convenience, you have a built-in fan, built-in speakers, a water bottle holder, and media tray to hold your phone or tablet which makes multitasking easier.
The Schwinn 170 works for almost everybody. Exceptions being if you have a bad back or bad knees. In which case you might be better off with a recumbent bike.
Compared to the Schwinn 130:
- 130 only has 22 workout programs
- 130 only has 20 levels of resistance
- No Bluetooth
- Display isn’t backlit
Best Schwinn Recumbent Bike: Schwinn 270
Well, for starters, it comes Bluetooth enabled which means you can sync your workout data to the Schwinn app or MyFitnessPal (among others). This makes it easy to monitor your progress and stay on track to reach even your most ambitious of fitness goals.
Next up is the 25 built in resistance levels and 29 workout programs. This makes the bike impossible to outgrow and gives you a lot of variety when exercising. You can do longer, less strenuous workouts, or shorter, more strenuous workouts. Whatever fits within your schedule.
It comes with dual track monitors which means you can put your phone or tablet in the media tray—for easy multitasking—while still being able to see all of your workout metrics. The older models didn’t have this option so you couldn’t monitor your workouts if you were multitasking.
The Schwinn 270 can be used for weight loss, increasing mobility, and for joint rehab. If you’re looking for low to moderate intensity workouts, this bike is for you.
Compared to the 230:
- 230 only has 22 built in programs
- 230 only has 20 resistance levels
- 230 doesn’t have backlit displays (harder to read)
- 230 does not come with Bluetooth
Best Schwinn Airdyne Bike: Schwinn AD7
Aside from that, you have quite a few comfort and convenience features built in. The seat and handlebars can be adjusted any which way you please. And there are multiple grip points on the handlebars as well.
Lastly, the display is slicker than most screens you’ll find on airdyne bikes. It’s simple, easy to read, and tells you everything you need to know at a glance.
The Schwinn AD7 is meant for the serious Crossfitter. It’s built for high-intensity interval training and can help you lose a ton of weight if you’re willing to work.
Compared to the AD6:
- AD6 seat can’t be adjusted as much
- AD6 has a much better warranty
- AD6 only supports up to 300 lbs (vs 350 lbs)
Budget Pick: Schwinn A20 Recumbent Bike
It comes with a perimeter weighted flywheel which delivers a smooth, comfortable, and quiet ride. The heart rate sensors are conveniently located within reach so you can track your heart rate and make sure you’re in the fat burning zone. This is particularly helpful if you’re trying to lose weight.
There are 6 built in workout programs which isn’t a lot but at least you’re not having to come up with your own workouts. There’s also a quick start option. So you can hop on the bike and start your workout immediately by hitting one button.
Since there are only 8 levels of resistance, and you’re in a seated position while you pedal, this bike is for low intensity workouts. If you are new to exercise or want something to stay active, I would recommend this bike.
Schwinn has a lot of exercise bikes to choose from. Each with their own pros, cons, and ideal customer.
So first decide what you want from an exercise bike. Are you looking to lose weight? Build muscle? Are you just using it to stay active? Then figure out your budget and go from there.
If you want an exercise bike for the entire family my recommendation would be the Schwinn 170 since upright bikes tend to work for most people. Recumbent bikes are a step down and airdyne and spin bikes would be a step up in terms of workout intensities.
What Schwinn exercise bike is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!