Schwinn 240 Recumbent Exercise Bike Review

Schwinn 240 Recumbent Exercise Bike

schwinn recumbant exercise bikeIf you’re in the market for a top quality home fitness machine to aid your fitness and weight loss program, then take a close look at the Schwinn 240 Recumbent Exercise Bike.

It’s a sturdy bit of kit that weighs approximately 115.8 lbs and measures 67 x 13 x 26 inches.

If you’re worried about whether this bike can take your weight then don‘t be. It has a maximum user weight of 300lbs, which should be able to accommodate most people. There is also a pretty extensive warranty offered to ensure you get many years of usage out of the bike. The warranty includes 5 years protection of the frame, 1 year’s parts warranty, 3 months for wear and tear on the parts and a labour warranty of 3 months.

As you would expect with any piece of high quality equipment, it comes with very high specifications and features.

 These include:

  • 20 pound flywheel
  • 16 different resistance levels that will keep you constantly challenged
  • 17 workout programs including two user profiles, eight course profiles, target heart rate and custom workout programs
  • Schwinn Advantage workout tracking that enables you to set fitness goals and measure how you are doing via the console
  • Contact and telemetry enabled, integrated grip heart rate system
  • Adjustable console and handlebars for extra comfort
  • Padded, adjustable, ergonomic seat with dual position lumbar support
  • Backlit, multi-color console for easier viewing
  • Reading rack
  • Magazine storage rack under the seat
  • Eddy Current Brake (ECB) resistance system
  • Oversized levelers and stabilizers to provide you with a solid workout platform
  • Transport wheels
  • Walkthrough frame
  • The ability to switch between kilometres and miles
  • AND that ever important water bottle holder!


What’s good about the Schwinn 240 Recumbent Exercise Bike?

Firstly, the tracking on the bike is second to none. You’ll have the data right in front of you so you’ll never have to worry about remembering how far you’ve cycled or whether or not you’re making real progress. The tracking on the bike takes care of all of that for you by recording that information. Your mind is then free to focus on getting fitter and losing weight.

Plus, let’s say that you share the bike with a family member or two. Well the Schwinn 240 Recumbent Exercise Bike allows you to set up individual user profiles so each set of tracking information is stored separately. No fuss or need to scramble for paper to record your progress, the bike takes care of this on autopilot.

Secondly, you have the option to select the resistance level that suits you. The lowest resistance level is easy enough for a beginner to master. So if you’re worried that you’re not fit enough, rest assured you are. For those of you who are already experienced cyclists or are pretty fit and want something more challenging, the higher resistance levels offer a workout which is more than vigorous enough to meet your expectations.

Thirdly, unlike many exercise bikes on the market, the Schwinn 240 Recumbent Exercise is virtually noise-free. Even on the highest setting, you won‘t experience much noise. What this means is that you can cycle away until your heart is content whilst you play your music or watch TV without blasting the whole neighbourhood with a dose of noise pollution.

For those of you with thin walls, there will be no more worrying about whether you’re disturbing the neighbours or even the rest of your household when you decide to go for that 6am ride. You’ll be free to burn calories and lose weight with your bike at any time of day.

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And now for the bad points:

The thing that really lets this recumbent exercise bike down is the adjustable seat mechanism. You would hope that a bike of this calibre would have a release bar with backwards and forwards sliding. It doesn’t. Each time you want to make an adjustment you have to unscrew the seat, move it to the position you want it to be, then screw it back again.

Ok so it’s not a major inconvenience once you’re all set up, but it’s a factor to consider when comparing the bike to others in this category.

Also another thing to bear in mind is that if you don’t have much natural padding on the derrière, then you may find the seat uncomfortable to sit on for long periods of time.

The Verdict:

Overall, the Schwinn 240 Recumbent Exercise Bike provides you with an ideal alternative to dragging yourself down to the gym. If you factor in the cost of a yearly gym membership these days, owning your own top of the range recumbent bike works out to be a lot cheaper.

You have the ability to track multiple users’ progress on the bike and you won’t be distracted by that annoying whirring sound that most bikes have, as there is not much in the way of noise. It’s also flexible enough to appeal to both the beginner and more advanced user.

Yes the seat is a bit fiddly to set up, but once you’ve got it into the position you want, it no longer becomes a worry. You’ll also find that if the seat is in the correct position for you, it shouldn’t feel uncomfortable.

If these minor design flaws are enough to put you off, then don’t buy it. But it has to be said that the Schwinn 240 Recumbent Exercise Bike is a top level fitness machine that will do the job of getting you fit in no time.


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