I Want!

schwinn-240This is the Schwinn 240 recumbent exercise bike and I love it.  Well I guess I don’t know if I actually love it because I haven’t actually tried it; but whatever, I want one.

I have read many reviews on this particular bike and compared it to similar exercise bikes both cheaper and more expensive.  Schwinn is a reliable name in bikes and they offer a decent warranty on the parts.  Most commonly the reviews say it’s quiet and comfortable.  It is also said to be stable but with a narrow enough base that it’s not too difficult to store.  The down side seems to be the display angle including the tilt of the book rest;  people who have purchased this model are saying it’s awkward to see the display properly.  I could also care less about the convenient magazine rack.

Some of the features are:

  • 16 resistance levels
  • 20-pound flywheel
  • Eddy Current Brake (ECB) resistance system
  • Adjustable handlebars and console
  • Walk-through frame
  • Water bottle holder
  • Reading rack
  • Magazine storage rack under the seat
  • Transport wheels
  • Switchable from miles to kilometers (KM)
  • Maximum user weight: 275 pounds

The flywheel design is a little old school compared to the more modern magnetic resistance design but as long as it’s quiet I don’t care.  I also  like that I can store my workout progress and it has built in wheels to get it out of the way if necessary.

There are cheaper models made by Schwinn.  They seem less sturdy though.  I am the type of person who will gladly pay a little more to know that I’m getting a decent product.  There are certainly far more expensive machines out there that don’t appear to offer anything more except that they weight more and have fancier looking doodads. The price varies from $299.00 to $399.00 (in Canada) depending on where you buy it.  So far I’ve seen it at Sears and on Amazon.  A few more local companies sell it as well.

Maybe there’s a different bike out there for you but for my life and budget this looks to be about as good as it gets.

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