Schwinn is a popular choice if you wanna get an ideal exercise bike. They have been around for a long time. And their quality has only gotten better over the years.
The Schwinn Active 20 recumbent bike is not the expensive bike and it is certainly not a popular one like Schwinn 270. But, the bike is an ideal choice if you wanna get into an easy to medium cardio workout at home.
Now, I have been looking into the active 20 recumbent bike. And it is a pretty handy bike. So, I decided to write the Schwinn active 20 recumbent bike reviews.
Here, we’ll go through all the pros and cons of the bike. Also, I hope to leave out no details of the bike so that you can get a clear idea about this bike. Then you will find it easier to decide whether to get this or not.
So, let’s begin the review.
With a reasonable price, the bike opens the window for good cardio sessions for people with a low budget. 58.5 inches is the length of the bike which is pretty lengthy.
An adjustable seat is always a good addition to any good exercise bike. In addition, it comes with a comfortable backrest which does the job of reducing stress on your back. Also, there are handlebars around the seat you can use to rest your arm.
The console of the bike comes with 11 preset workout programs. You can choose the right programs and reach your fitness goals at a quicker pace. I have to say that I was surprised to see that this recumbent bike does not provide any handlebars around the console area.
8 levels of resistance of the bike come with an Eddy current brake system. Moreover, the quiet operation of the bike ensures a disturbance-free exercise time.
I like having an exercise bike that is solid in construction. And to be honest, this bike does miss that heavy-duty construction. Besides, I would not recommend this bike for an intense workout. So, if you are a professional then it might be best if you leave this bike out from your buying list.
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You know most people fail to continue their exercise. Unfortunately, they just stop and so their fitness goals remain unachieved. But, with most good exercise bikes, there’s the advantage of having a console.
A console plays a crucial part in keeping you motivated so that you come back the next for your exercise. And this is especially true in the case of a recumbent bike. Generally, they provide a better console than other types of indoor exercise bikes.
So, what about this bike’s console?
Well, it is a recumbent bike. So, I expected to get something good. But, if I am being honest then I have to say that I am not satisfied with the console.
Now, the console has all the key functions just like any other top rated bikes. You can track RPM, time, distance, watt, speed, etc. In addition, calories burnt are also displayed on the monitor.
Moreover, the bike has integrated pulse sensors on the handlebars. As a result, it gives you the advantage of tracking your heart rate zone. Also, the resistance is adjusted on the console of the bike. So, all these are just fine and rather expected on a recumbent bike from Schwinn.
Even though it has all the right features, the console still lacks quality. Many complain that the console stops working for no real reason. Moreover, sometimes a specific function does not seem to respond well.
All in all, I am disappointed because Schwinn could do a better job with the console.
The Schwinn active 20 recumbent bike has 8 levels of resistance. You can work on different levels of your choice.
Recumbent bikes tend to offer less intensity compared to an upright or spin exercise bike. So, I am okay with the resistance of this bike. As I have mentioned earlier, it is a good bike for light to medium workout.
Of course, resistance is adjustable on this bike. You can adjust the resistance on the console. There is no rotating knob which many exercise bikes offer. But, the bike has the eddy current brake system.
Resistance is smooth and also the bike offers a quiet operation. So, no issues if you wanna switch on your favorite TV show because the bike will not make any noise to cause disturbance.
And I have noticed that some are not satisfied because the bike does not offer much intensity. But, in my opinion, considering the bike and the price, I am satisfied to get some light to medium workout done.
Seat & Handlebars
Most people get a recumbent bike for the comfort these bikes offer. A comfortable seat is the least expectation with a recumbent bike.
I am pretty satisfied with the seat of this bike too. It is wide enough and provides the comfort which is higher than expectation. The seat is well padded. As a result, there’s no question about the seat being hard or anything.
Then the backrest adds to the comfort. In addition, there will be a reduced stress on your back thanks to the backrest. Moreover, when you wanna take a quick rest then just lean back on the backrest and take a breather.
Remember to adjust the seat to the right position. Yes, the seat is adjustable. This helps to ensure that you never put yourself in a difficult position to pedal.
Generally, exercise bikes tend to come with two pairs of handlebars. One pair is with the console and the other one around the seat. The Schwinn active 20 recumbent bike only has the latter one i.e. around the seat.
You can rest your arm on the handlebars while pedaling hard on the bike. Also, the handlebars have pulse sensors that provide the all-important reading of your heart rate zone. So, that’s pretty helpful no doubt.
I liked the pedals on this bike. They are pretty wide and large. So, pedaling is pretty comfortable. In addition, it helps to keep your feet well placed. Also, the pedals come with safety straps too. This keeps your feet secured so that they don’t slip off when pedaling hard.
Product Dimension: 58.5 x 26 x 36 inches
Shipping Weight: 83.4 pounds
Console: 11 workout programs
Max User Capacity: 275 pounds
Resistance: 8 levels
Batteries: 4 C batteries (console)
Item Model no: 100129
Warranty: 3 years frame and 6 months for parts
- 11 workout programs come with bike. This helps to get a good exercise time.
- The console lets you track several key functions. These include speed, distance, time, etc. In addition, the tracking of heart rate zone is possible on the bike.
- Resistance is controlled on this bike with the console. There are 8 levels of resistance you can use to your advantage.
- An adjustable seat feature ensures that you find a comfortable sitting position. As a result, you can pedal from a comfortable distance.
- Extra-wide pedals.
- Adjustable seat.
- Backrest support.
- Pulse sensors for tracking heart rate.
- Lightweight flywheel.
- Lacks a good console.
- Not for intense workout.
- Is there a knob to adjust the resistance?
Ans: No, you have to adjust resistance with the console.
- Is there transportation wheels on the Schwinn active 20?
Ans: Yes, the transportation wheels are available on this bike.
- Does this Schwinn bike make noise?
Ans: The bike operates at low noise.
- Does it use batteries? If so, what type of batteries?
Ans: Yes, you need batteries for the console. It uses 4C batteries.
- Does the console have a sleep mode?
Ans: The console actually shuts off after 5 minutes of inactivity.
- Can I keep tablets on this bike?
Ans: This bike does not offer any such slots where you may place your tablets.
- Is it possible to adjust the seat while sitting on the bike?
Ans: Yes, you can adjust the seat while on the bike.
There you have your Schwinn active 20 recumbent bike reviews. I have covered everything you need to know about the bike. Any recumbent bike is a good investment, but does this one suit your taste? I hope that you have found your answer after reading this review article.