The Schwinn 250 Recumbent Exercise Bike is the latest Schwinn bike to hit the market. It is based on the Schwinn 240 and has also drawn inspiration from the Schwinn A20, which were tow of Schwinn’s most popular and best selling exercise bikes, but with a few differences, such as the addition of a few more programs and the inclusion of a iPod/MP3 player jack, to name just a couple.
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Assembling the Schwinn 250 is a straightforward process thanks to the clear, detailed instructions, which also contain pictures.
However, while the assembly process may be straightforward, it’s also time-consuming. You will probably need another person to help you, and it shouldn’t take both of you anymore than a couple of hours to fully assemble the bike.
The Schwinn 250 features a very generous number of workout programs, especially when you consider the price the bike retails at, which all do a good job of varying your workout while keeping things interesting.
In total there are 17 programs, including 8 Profiles, 3 Heart Rate Controlled, 2 Custom, a Distance Goal, a Quick Start, a Fitness Test and a Results Mode program.
There is one thing that you should keep in mind, however, and that is that Schwinn state that there are “3 Polar heart rate programs.” In fact, we’ve found that it’s more like 1 program with 3 levels. However, the heart rate program is so good that we can overlook this fact – this time, anyway.
There are 16 resistance levels to choose from, meaning that you should definitely be able to find a setting that is challenging enough for you, whether you are very unfit or in tip top shape.
Another benefit of having so many resistance levels at your disposal is that, as your fitness improves over time, you know that there will always be a setting that will continue to challenge you and improve your endurance.
Considering that the Schwinn 250 is a recumbent exercise bike, you would expect it be more comfortable than traditional, upright bikes; and you’d be right in your thinking, as recumbent bikes are made specifically for people who need to take it easy on their joints or for those who simply want a more comfortable workout experience.
The seat is contoured, oversized, padded and also includes lumbar support to ensure that you can get into a comfortable riding position. The seat also has 10 adjustment levels, again, so you are able to find a comfortable fit, regardless of your height, weight or leg length.
A 2 speed fan has also been included, but this is unfortunately nothing more than a novelty, as it doesn’t work very well. There is also a water bottle holder, allowing you to refresh yourself during a tough workout.
Another thing you should keep in mind is the fact that the pedaling motion is very smooth which also contributes to a very quiet workout experience – handy if you want to watch TV or listen to music as your work out, or don’t want to annoy the neighbors.
The computer console is oversized and thus easy to read. It provides feedback on all the important information that you could want to know as you work out, such as RPM, watts, time, interval time, distance, speed, course profile, resistance level and number of calories burned.
Your heart rate can also be recorded if you place your hands on the hand grips which are located on the side of the console. The readings are surprisingly accurate. Surprising because this is rarely the case with exercise equipment that is priced below $1,000.
The Schwinn 250 comes with a 5-year frame, 1-year mechanical and electrical parts, and 3-month wear parts warranty.
67 x 25 x 26 inches
SCHWINN 250 RECUMBENT EXERCISE BIKE USER REVIEWS
With almost 100 reviews to its name and with an average rating of 4.1 out of 5.0, it’s clear that consumers quite like the Schwinn 250.
Users have pointed to the bike’s wide range of technological features, comfort, and minimal noise heard when in operation as its strong points.
However, you should be aware that some users haven’t had good things to say about the speakers or the fan.
The fan isn’t particularly effective, simply because it isn’t powerful enough. While we appreciate the inclusion of speakers, their sound quality is quite poor. Lastly, there are fewer heart rate programs than advertised.