3 Great Schwinn Fitness Bikes

By J.W. Carpenter , last updated January 5, 2012

While Schwinn is perhaps best known for its stylish street bikes, the company also offers a range of innovative, award-winning fitness bikes, including its three most popular models, the Schwinn 140 Upright Bike, the Schwinn 240 Recumbent Bike, and the Schwinn Airdyne Exercise Bike. These three great Schwinn fitness bikes are each fully adjustable to meet your changing exercise needs, thus easily providing many years of regular use. The three models described here, and many other Schwinn fitness bike models, are widely available from general retailers such as Walmart and Sears, from full-service sporting goods retailers like Sports Authority and Dick’s Sporting Goods, and from many online retailers as well.

Schwinn 140 Upright Bike

The Schwinn 140 Upright Bike is a great standard-model fitness bike, featuring a stable platform and an adjustable design to easily accommodate multiple users in the same household. The 140 Upright Bike is equipped with a perimeter-weighted flywheel, offering smooth, consistent resistance through the full range of the cycling motion. The unit’s BioConnect control and feedback system offers 18 selectable workout programs incorporating 16 levels of resistance. The system monitors and tracks your workout performance and your heart rate. A range of statistics, including time, speed, distance, and calories burned, are displayed on the bike’s backlit LCD control screen. The Schwinn 140 Upright Bike sells with a five-year warranty on the frame and a one-year mechanical parts and electronics warranty.

Schwinn 240 Recumbent Bike

The Schwinn 240 Recumbent Bike is a great option for those who require extra lower back support or are just looking for a little more comfort. With a recumbent, or reclining, seating configuration, this model is exceptionally supportive and comfortable. In contrast to the classic upright bicycle design that places virtually all the body’s weight on a narrow seat, this recumbent model distributes the body’s weight across the rider’s back and buttocks. Like the Schwinn 140 Upright Bike, this model offers the company’s BioConnect control and feedback system for selecting your workout settings and monitoring your performance on the backlit LCD screen. Standard warranties include five years on the frame and one year on mechanical parts and electronics.

Schwinn Airdyne Exercise Bike

The Schwinn Airdyne Exercise Bike features an open fan-like mechanism that automatically increases or decreases the resistance the harder or softer you pedal. In this way, the Airdyne Exercise Bike immediately offers just the right workout, no matter whether the rider is a beginner or a high performance athlete. Given this functionality, the Airdyne is exceptionally popular for rehabilitation purposes and can often be found in rehabilitation facilities.

The Airdyne features an on-board computer for monitoring workout performance statistics, including time, distance, resistance level, heart rate, and calories burned. Additionally, this model is equipped to mimic the effects of changing air densities at different elevations, a useful feature for riders in training for outdoor courses. Elevation settings can easily be adjusted using the unit’s on-board computer. For residential users, the Airdyne Exercise Bike sells with a 30-year warranty on the frame and a three-year parts, electronics, and labor warranty.

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