Schwinn 130 Upright Exercise Bike Review

If you have been on a stationary bike before, you know that sometimes you can feel like a hamster stuck in a wheel. Your headphones probably dangle from your ears and with each push of the pedal you knock the oddly shaped cup holder that’s holding your phone. If that was not enough, you are uncomfortable and annoyed at the amount of flashing lights and buttons. Using machines like this can be frustrating.


Thankfully Schwinn is a producer that puts their customers numero uno. They have always produced nothing but quality and tend to build things in tiers. They understand that you are not going to be at the same fitness level as the mom who takes 6 spin classes a day. For people like us, they built an entry level machine with the capability of taking our fitness to the next level. Here is our Schwinn 130 Upright Exercise Bike Review, made just for you.

Schwinn 130 Upright Exercise Bike Review

Features & Functions

Nowadays, these things are full of so many buttons, screens, inputs, and sometimes things that are just awfully unnecessary. Schwinn gives us something simple and easy to use, so you do not have to spend time reading a manual about an exercise bike. Who has time for that?

  • Drive System A high speed, high inertia, perimeter weighted flywheel
  • Resistance – 20 different levels to maximise your intensity
  • Display – 2 LCD Screens 5” in height
  • Readouts – Time, RPM, Distance, Pulse, Speed, Calories, Resistance level, Profile, HR zone indicator, % complete indicator, Intensity meter, User indicator, Goal achievement
  • Heart Rate Monitor – Yes, on the handlebar grips
  • USB Connection – Yes, with SchwinnConnect for tracking and sharing your fitness achievements
  • Media Tray – Finally, yes. We can stop placing our phones in cupholders
  • Maximum Weight – 300 pounds
  • Warranty – 10 years for the frame, 2 years for mechanical, 1 year for electrical, and 90 days for all labor

The Schwinn 130 was specially crafted to make us use our core. Its upright design was intentional. When mounting this bike you will notice immediately your posture is perfectly erect. They really took it a step farther by tricking us into working out the rest of our body didn’t they?

Do you know what really makes this bike so great? Besides the media tray. If you could not tell that part is our favorite :). What makes this SO great is that every aspect of it is something we need, Schwinn knows who is using their exercise bikes and builds it around people like us. Awesome!

Is It For You?

We wish we could give the perfect machine for your fitness level and the goals you are trying to accomplish. Because we cannot, we also recommend you check out the Schwinn IC Performance Plus. The IC bike is particularly geared towards the experienced spinner. Take a look at what people are saying about both and decide which is going to help you more. Remember, the Schwinn 130 has several programs and 20 resistance levels to keep you improving.


This bike will be like the first car you had that never gave up. It will always get you goal to goal and just when you think it is not good enough to make it, it says “Listen, I’ve got 19 more resistance levels.” Schwinn outdid themselves by making this one of the most user defined bikes on the market. You can pedal confidently knowing that even if what you are looking for is not there, Schwinn is right there with a solution.

Review: Schwinn 270 Recumbent Exercise Bike

Schwinn 270 Recumbent Exercise Bike Review

A high quality recumbent exercise bike can be the most effective exercise machine you buy. It provides an intense total body workout while keeping your weight largely off your joints, reducing the risk of impact-related injuries common in activities like running. An excellent exercise bike can help you lose weight, get fit or stay fit, even if it’s the only exercise machine you ever purchase.

But there are many different recumbent exercise bikes available, and they can be quite expensive. If you’re going to invest, you want to make sure you invest in a machine you’ll be able to use for decades, throughout your entire fitness journey.

Schwinn 270 Recumbent Exercise Bike Review

Schwinn has been a reliable brand for both outdoor bikes and exercise bikes for decades, but they have really hit the nail on the head this time. The Schwinn 270 is definitively the best recumbent exercise bike on the market.

Schwinn 230 vs. Schwinn 270

On paper the Schwinn 230 and 270 appear to be almost identical, so it might be difficult to see why it’s worth forking out the extra cash for the 270. However, when you’re investing in a recumbent exercise bike, it’s the little details that matter most.

The seat of the Schwinn 270 comes with an extra layer of padding to keep you comfortable for longer periods of time and comes with a greater number of resistance levels to keep athletes at all levels of fitness engaged. This makes it an excellent choice for newbie exercisers and semi-professional athletes alike.

Ultimate Comfort

Many users choose a recumbent exercise bike because they suffer from back pain. The full seat in recumbent models allows them to get fit while avoiding any increase in back pain. The Schwinn 270 offers a mildly curved and vented back to support the lower back and ensure that you get some air. A thickly padded seat wide enough to accommodate people of different sizes encourages users to participate in longer sessions.

The seat, including the supportive backrest, can be adjusted for various postures, so each person who uses the bike can adjust it to the position most comfortable for them. A built-in 3-speed fan will help keep you cool throughout even the longest workouts. The Schwinn 270 also features a water bottle holder, eliminating any need to interrupt your workout.

Features and Specifications

For a mid-range model the Schwinn 270 has an incredible amount of features, including 29 different pre-set workout programs with tests, heart rate controls and user profiles. It comes with an equally impressive 25 different levels of resistance made to match different fitness levels. The console is entirely digital and unusually easy to use for a machine with so many features.

Dual Track Technology

The Schwinn 270 uses the same kind of monitor as the Schwinn 270, which can display 13 different statistical parameters divided into two columns. One column tracks the results of the current workout session and the other column tracks the progress towards the actual workout goal. This machine can track the overall distance achieved, RPM, calories burned, workout intensity and more.

If you want to track your statistics consistently over a longer period of time, you can actually put this data on a USB drive and connect it to a MySchwinn or MyFitnessPal account to see your progress as the months go by. This can be an excellent motivator for people who have difficulty sticking to an exercise routine.

Bells and Whistles

Along with the water bottle holder, this recumbent bike features built-in speakers which can be connected to your iPod or MP3 player. The bike itself is very quiet, allowing you to watch your favourite TV show or listen to music while you work out without having to turn the volume up to maximum. The Schwinn 270 also comes with transport wheels so you can easily move it around your house.

One really interesting feature of this particular bike is the grip heart rate monitor. This monitor allows you to track your heart rate simply by holding onto the handlebars, eliminating the need for a chest strap heart monitor. Of course, this machine does have an associated chest-strap heart monitor, though you will need to buy it separately in the store.

Overall Decision

The Schwinn 270 is one of the greatest recumbent exercise bikes currently available on the market. Well maintained, it can last for decades, potentially even an entire lifetime. If you’re ready to invest in a recumbent bike, you can’t go wrong with a Schwinn 270.

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