Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike
Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike Review
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We prefer Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike because it’s the one of best recumbent bike on the market. We’re impressed that a mid-range exercise bike comes with so many built-in workout programs. In total, there are 29 programs to choose from, including 12 profile, 9 heart rate control, 4 custom user defined, 2 fitness test, 1 recovery test and 1 quick start programs.
It’s clear that Schwinn is trying to appeal to the mass market with this bike, and cater to people who have different fitness goals, whether they be short term or long term. It certainly looks like the company has succeeded.
We’re also impressed by the Schwinn 270’s 25 levels of eddy current resistance, as it again results in mass market appeal, catering to those who rarely exercise all the way up to hardcore fitness enthusiasts.
It’s nice to see that there are 10 resistance quick keys, allowing you to take your workout from easy to hard and back again at just the touch of a few buttons – thankfully, there’s no need to manually adjust anything on this bike by turning a resistance knob. Switching between the resistance levels feels smooth and does not disrupt your workout, and the high inertia perimeter weighted flywheel results in a smooth and quiet workout.
The Schwinn 270 is unique in the way that it features a DualTrack LCD display. This allows you to monitor more feedback than usual – you can monitor up to 13 different display feedbacks.
These include time, distance, rpm, calories burned, speed, pulse, profile, resistance level, goal achievement, user indicator, intensity meter, % complete indicator, HR zone indicator, and profile. While we doubt that you will need to track all of this information during each workout it’s still nice to have the option.
Furthermore, there is USB data transfer functionality to the SchwinnConnect website along with compatibility to MyFitnessPal, which can both help you customize your workout to achieve your fitness goals.
Recumbent bikes are always more comfortable than their upright counterparts, and the Schwinn 270 is no exception. We’d say that the comfort is more or less in line with other bestselling recumbent bikes on the market for several reasons.
The frame has a “walk through” design so it is easy to mount and dismount the bike, and the seat features plenty of padding and has a vented bottom and back for added comfort and to keep you cool during a workout (there is also a built-in fan with 3 speed settings).
You are also able to adjust the seat both fore and aft thanks to the aluminum slider seat rail system, and thanks to large mid-frame support, 2 integrated levellers and a single piece frame bottom the 270 is kept firmly in place as you exercise.
Other features include transport wheels, making storing or moving the 270 an easier process; an oversized mounted water bottle holder; and sealed acoustic chamber speakers.
Just like the Schwinn 170, the 270 is backed by a 10-year frame, 2-year mechanical. 1-year electrical, and 90-day labor warranty.
Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike User Review:
Since its release the Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike has received very good reviews, although there seems to be a few reviews out there stating that broken parts and missing items were shipped.
Putting these issues aside, users say that the bike is quiet in operation, comfortable, easy to assemble, and appreciate the wide range of features. However, users have also said that the fan is too weak, the LCD display too bright, and the USB charging system too slow.
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Our only complaint is that the fan is too weak to offer relief during a tough workout – a problem which seems to be common to all fitness equipment. Then again, at least the seat is ventilated.
Anything Else You Should Know?
Many exercise bikes, recumbent or otherwise, only allow one user to input their details. This isn’t the case with the 270, though, as 4 users can set up the machine to their liking, and have all of their pre-saved settings such as custom workout programs available to select at the touch of a button.
While heart rate monitoring is telemetry enabled, a chest strap is not included, although you are still able to measure your pulse via the contact heart rate grips. In other words, there is no need to purchase a telemetry enabled device unless you want a more accurate reading.
The only thing left to say is that, if you are looking for a comfortable workout experience along with a plethora of featues to cater to you or the family at an affordable price, good luck finding something better than the Schwinn 270.
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