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Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike

Bike NameNumber of programsResistanceMaximum user weightWarranty
Schwinn 230

Schwinn 270

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2220 levels300 lbs-10 years frame
-2 years mechanical
-1 year electrical
-90 days labor

Best recumbent exercise bike comparison

Exercise bikes are a staple among gym owners everywhere – from the largest fitness studios to the most humble of home gym set-ups. Their relative affordability as compared to other workout equipment and the familiarity that many people have with riding a bicycle has made them very popular and spurred considerable innovation on the part of manufacturers. The Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike was designed to improve on the typical exercise bike in a number of ways – ranging from serious enhancements like a better and more comfortable ergonomic design to little bonus features primarily intended for user convenience (like a USB port for charging your favorite devices).

The Schwinn 230 is a mid-range exercise bike that comes with a plethora of useful features. It provides an efficient workout since the user is able to switch conveniently between the pre-programmed workout settings and the desired resistance levels. It has 20 levels of resistance and a quick start button located on the monitor that allows you to easily personalize your desired distance as well as the speed you wish to cover it with. Although this model is not as budget-friendly as its predecessors, it certainly is a nice step up from the cheaper Schwinn A20.

Comfort levelSchwinn 230 Seat

With its ergonomic recumbent seat design, pressure on the lower back area is greatly reduced as compared to typical exercise bikes. Lower impact and a body position more conducive to biking exercise translates into no aches and pains that users might have come to expect from other models. This allows for longer sustained workouts without fear of developing aches while on the machine (or the next day) – at least no aches caused by putting too much strain on the wrong places.

This model features a vented seat bottom and seat back and has a contoured leg area for maximum comfort. The large seat back has lumbar support that guarantees maximum comfort as well as cooling. There is also an ergonomically placed grip for heart rate that allows the user to keep track of its heart beat and hence, of its performance.

This model features static handle bars to help the user get on and off it with ease and comfort. When you also take in consideration the different adjustment options and resistance levels as well as the comfortable pedals you will realize that this recumbent bike is a great choice even if you’re a pregnant woman, or trying to recover from back injuries or some sort of chronic pain.

Features and specifications

  • Seat Design: Horizontally adjustable recumbent seat
  • Product Dimensions: 64″ x 27.7″ x 49.9″
  • Maximum User Weight: 300 pounds
  • Power: Standard A/C wall port (adapter included)

The Schwinn 230 comes with an ergonomically designed seat for maximum comfort and safety while exercising but this is just the tip of the ice berg for all the interesting features packed into this model. Users will find common exercise bike conveniences like a water bottle holder and a simple seat adjustment lever – but will also find a myriad of additional perks that seem aimed at keeping users on the machine for longer periods. For example, it comes with a built-in sound system – complete with powerful speakers – that lets users play their favourite tunes from their handheld devices as they exercise.A Man Riding Schwinn 230

Speaking of handheld devices, it also features a USB port that can charge users’ phones, iPods, and other gadgets, giving them one less reason (or excuse) to get off the machine early. The same USB port can also be used to access the online service – Schwinn Connect – and synchronizes data easily with! Now this is a nice addition that you’re not likely to find on many models.

A built-in 3 speed fan makes it a breeze to stay cool during work-outs – no pun intended – and mounting or dismounting the recumbent bike is as easy as walking through the opening provided in the frame and sitting back onto the seat. The weighted flywheel seems quite well engineered and makes for a quiet and smooth ride with minimal shaking of the bike itself.

As far as the features and settings of this model are concerned, one thing that you will really love is that you can easily enter user data such as gender; age and height to get more accurate fitness readings. The Schwinn 230 also has some awesomely good sensors that allow you to keep an eye on your heart rate when working-out so you will always be able to see the kind of activity you are engaging in, e.g. fat burning or cardiovascular. Unlike other machines of this type, the heart rate sensor is actually very accurate.

You’ll be able to choose between a number of resistance levels, hence it’s suitable and will prove challenging for a wide range of users. The 230 has what can be considered one of the most interactive LCD monitors to ever be implemented on a recumbent bike within its price range. It provides you with just about everything you’d be interested in knowing as you’re working out including calories, speed, distance, time, and heart rate. Also, with its ability to save 9 distinct user profiles, this model is ideal for those that share the bike with a family member.

Ease of UseSchwinn 230 Monitor

The Schwinn 230 does pretty well when it comes to ease of use. The “walk-in” design for mounting and dismounting the bike makes it easily accessible to users not fond of “hopping” on the exercise bikes with less considerate designs. The LCD control panel buttons are as easy to navigate as can be expected of any recumbent bike with as many features as the Schwinn 230 carries – not especially difficult or easy to use but no trouble at all for the average user to pick up.

This recumbent bike is quite easy to use even for beginners, not only because of the big controls that make it easy to change of programs, but also because they’re quite easy to understand. Also, the programmed courses of the bike are adequately varied and you can rest assured that you won’t get bored. Indeed, most users have also expressed great satisfaction with its incredible user friendliness and the fact that it provides with a large variety of challenging workouts.

Assembly and parts

Most exercise equipment requires significant assembly work on delivery – usually to make shipping them more affordable for consumers – and the Schwinn 230 is no exception. It’s worth noting, however, that the manufacturers seem to have made a concerted effort to minimize the amount of assembly that users need to do by doing as much of the assembly as possible at the factory. This is good news for potential buyers that don’t want to spend half a day putting their new machine together (or a couple of hours at least) – you’ll probably be done assembling this in less than one hour with time to spare.

The downside to the amount of pre-assembling done at the factor is that the individual components that come in the shipping box are considerably heavier than with other machines and might be a bit more troublesome to move around – particularly upstairs. On the other hand, the whole point of buying it was to get some exercise right?


The main drawback of the Schwinn 230 lies in its assembly. The attempt by the manufacturer to make it easier to put together by doing as much of the assembly work as possibe in the factory means that the individual components shipped in the box are larger than average (when compared to similar machines). This reduces the effort and time required for users to put it together, but at the same time make the pieces quite heavy, thus moving them around or to an upstairs bedroom prior to assembly can be quite difficult.

As inconvenient as this might sound, it’s only a one-time concern for most users and it might not be too much trouble to get someone to help with moving the shipped components to the room where you want it, prior to assembly (which is, as mentioned earlier, much easier than with other typical bikes).

Overallschwinn 230 recumbent

All in all, we think the Schwinn 230 is a great recumbent bike for the money. Its many workout programs as well as resistance levels are the main reason why this bike is a good choice, since they make for a variety of exercise choices that are sure to satisfy even the advanced user. Also, although it’s a bit on the pricey side, the quality of this bike means that its going to last for years or even decades, so it certainly is a good investment.

As a final remark, if you compare this model to the Schwinn 270, you will see that they’re actually quite similar, although the Schwinn 230 is much cheaper so it can be considered a good option for those that don’t want to spend so much on exercise equipment. All in all, as one of the best Schwinn recumbent bikes on the market nowadays, the model 230 certainly doesn’t disappoint.