Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike Review — All the Subtle Details

The Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike is a feature-packed exercise equipment consisting of literally everything you need to lose weight and get toned as well- and all that in maximum comfort.

The bike features 20 levels of resistance alongside 22 workout programs. That coupled alongside the fact that it is low-priced despite being a product of Schwinn, a renowned and long-running brand, makes this bike one of the best in the market today.

Features and Functions of Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike

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It features a low profile and walk through frame that makes it easier for you to get on and off the bike. Thus, it is perfectly suited for a majority of low impact workouts. Everyone, especially those who are recovering from injuries, or those who want better support for the lumbar when they are cycling, or those who are simply looking for low impact type of cardio: they’ll all find the Schwinn 230 Recumbent Exercise Bike of great use.

Ergonomically designed seat. The bike’s seat is ergonomically designed to offer proper lumber support as well as an impressive range of different positions that make the bike ideal for both shorter and taller users.

The bike features two levelers: one attached to the base rail and the other built in the rear stabilizer. These levelers help whenever there are any uneven areas on the floor where you rest the bike. The levelers ensure that the bike stays stable all through even during the very intense workouts.

The machine is highly portable. It is very easy to move around. If you need to move the machine around after setup, there is a slew of transport wheels that are attached to the bike’s front stabilizer. You simply have to lift up the back of the bike with the aid of the large handle that is available and roll the equipment to wherever you desire it to be.

The machine also comes with a Schwinn Dualtrack LCD window system that allows you to watch as many as 13 display feedbacks. It helps you to track progress and download the data through the Schwinn Connect website to a USB drive.

The contraption has an integrated speaker sound system that you can use to listen to your MP3 player or iPod while you exercise. Besides, it has a speed workout fan to keep you cool during the workout.

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We have this entrance level recumbent bike Exerpeutic 900XL Extended Capacity Recumbent Bike with Pulse. It is very useful for a good cardio workout. But it has no programs, you cannot adjust the seat easily between users of different heights, and I found myself wishing often for a fan and especially a rack to put a smartphone or tablet.When I found out I had a chance to try the 230 (2013) I was very excited. From the product page here it sounded very well thought out with a lot of useful features. Very curious as to how it would perform in person. I can say overall, I am very impressed, it has exceeded my expectations. I will get into more detail below but I really like the quality of the resistance and switching from higher to lower. And the variety of programs are very useful.Set up is always a concern with exercise equipment. Schwinn actually did a good job here. As much as they practically could install in the factory they did. The frame from the drive mechanism all the way to the back is one (heavy and long piece). So the box is huge. The box had minimal damage. But inside pieces were packed very well and well-cushioned.It took my wife around 2-3 hours of very easy, laid-back assembly to get it done. Of note all the pieces lined up. She never had to work hard to have holes matched up. She only needed my help to hold a couple of pieces in place a couple of times. Overall, not an item to avoid because of setup fears. This is a relatively easy assembly with clear instructions.Once assembled I input my user information. It will store age, weight, height in your profile.Read more ›
October 27, 2013
The manufacturer commented on this review(What's this?) Nautilus Consumer Relations saysOctober 28, 2013Larry,I'm glad that you enjoyed the bike and that nearly everything met or exceeded your expectations. Only two users settings was a potential problem for you, the next level up (Schwinn 270) does have four users settings. I will contact our tech department about the iPad3 not charging.Thank you for your comments.Update on iPad charging: The console provides 500mA. When the iPad display is on it is not charging but does supply power for operating so the battery is not being drained. If you turn off the display, it actually charges but of course you can not see the charging indication then. I hope this helps.
March 17, 2015
The manufacturer commented on this review(What's this?) Nautilus Consumer Relations saysOctober 28, 2013Larry,I'm glad that you enjoyed the bike and that nearly everything met or exceeded your expectations. Only two users settings was a potential problem for you, the next level up (Schwinn 270) does have four users settings. I will contact our tech department about the iPad3 not charging.Thank you for your comments.Update on iPad charging: The console provides 500mA. When the iPad display is on it is not charging but does supply power for operating so the battery is not being drained. If you turn off the display, it actually charges but of course you can not see the charging indication then. I hope this helps.
October 30, 2013

Technical Characteristics

  • A functionality that makes it possible to transfer data from the USB drive to the Schwinn connect.
  • There is a water bottle holder ensuring the user tray remains hydrated throughout the exercise session.
  • Its maximum user weight is 300 lbs.
  • It features transport wheels for easier mobility.
  • There is a media shelf for a wonderful exercise experience.
  • Pulse rate monitoring.
  • A high inertia drive system alongside a perimeter weighted flywheel to make possible a smooth and consistent workout.
  • 22 workout programs.
  • 20 levels of resistance for different workout intensity.
  • 3-speed fans to keep user cool during the exercise session.
  • In-console speakers.
  • 4 heart rate programs featuring custom settings.
  • Quick start capability.
  • DualTrack two LCD window system.
  • Two user profiles where you can store personal information or workout data.
  • Two fitness test programs that can measure any physical fitness improvements.

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PROS:
  • It is feature-rich. The Schwinn Recumbent Bike has virtually everything you’ll need in an exercise bike: intense workouts, enjoyable exercises, comfort, etc. It comes with an excellent console having many workouts. You can also download exercise data any time. The machine can also keep you connected to its media shelf. What is more? The Schwinn name! You get what only a century-old manufacturer can provide.
  • The Console. For a mid-range bike, the Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike features an amazing console. The console has 22 programmed workouts, and you can download your exercise data so that you may track your performance after each workout. These programmed workouts offer a fun and thrilling exercise experience and permit you to choose the desired intensity: for example, you can choose between a strenuous mountain ride or a fun workout.
  • The quality of the bike is another wonderful thing worth talking about. For a brand that boasts of more than 100 years since inception, you couldn’t expect anything less than a high-quality product.

CONS:
  • According to some reviewers, the seat can get uncomfortable when doing workouts that are longer than an hour.
  • It does not have padding on the seat such as the one on the Schwinn recumbent bike.

Conclusion

Despite the few cons, Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike is still a great machine. For a mid-range bike, it already offers more than its bargain. You don’t have to worry about anything as it is feature-packed to provide the best workout experience ever.

Sources:

SchwinnFitness.com

Academy.com

Amazon.com

SmartMonkeyFitness.com

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