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Schwinn 240 Recumbent Bike Review

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Schwinn 240 Recumbent Bike Review

The Schwinn 240 is a recumbent exercise bike, meaning that it is more comfortable to use than traditional, upright exercise bikes. It is reasonably priced and comes with a nice range of technological features, such as 17 workout programs and 16 resistance levels, and you can just tell that it has been well designed. However, it’s not all good, as there are a couple of things which could be improved upon, namely the instruction manual.

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Assembling the Schwinn 240 is a relatively straightforward and hassle free process. However, the instruction manual could definitely be better, as its unclear in some parts (Schwinn seem to have taken note of this, judging by the instruction manual that comes with the Schwinn 250). Nevertheless, it shouldn’t take you any longer than 1-2 hours to fully assemble the bike.

ProgramsSchwinn 240 Review

The Schwinn 240 features 17 workout programs in total, which is more than many other exercise bikes can boast in this price range. All these programs do a good job of keeping your workout interesting, making it unlikely that you will give up your workout regime due to monotony.

Workout programs include 8 Profile, 2 Custom, 3 Heart Rate Controlled, a Quick Start, a Results Mode, a Distance Goal and a Fitness Test program.


The flywheel determines the amount of noise the bike makes as well as the feel of the pedaling motion. A 20 pound flywheel is actually a little bit heavier than the flywheels found on other exercise bikes in this price range, but this can only be a good thing, as it adds to the overall stability of the bike (it won’t wobble as you cycle) and leads to a smooth pedaling motion.

It’s also worth mentioning that the bike is very quiet when in operation, making it a good choice for anyone who likes to watch TV as they workout or for those who live in an apartment complex.


The Schwinn 240 gives you 16 resistance settings to choose from, enabling you to find a level of resistance that is challenging enough, whatever your fitness level may be.

Heart Rate Monitoring

It’s good to see that your heart rate can be recorded as you work out; but it’s even better to see that the readings are accurate.

Your heart rate can be measured by holding onto the contact heart rate grips, which can be found on the side of the console, for a few seconds. As mentioned, there are also 3 Heart Rate Controlled programs, which is good news for those who like to work out in their target heart rate zone.

ComfortSchwinn 240 Review

One of the best aspects of the Schwinn 240 is its high level of comfort. As mentioned, recumbent exercise bikes are more comfortable than their traditional, upright bike counterparts, making this bike in particular and other recumbent exercise bikes a good choice for people who need to take it easy on their joints.

The seat has been ergonomically designed, contains plenty of padding and features lumbar support to enhance comfort levels. It can also be adjusted so you can get into a comfortable riding position, regardless of your height or body size.

The pedals are oversized to make sure that, not only people with tiny or extremely large feet can find a comfortable fit, but also so that your feet won’t slip off as you cycle, which is an incredibly frustrating to have happen.

The Schwinn 240 also comes with a water bottle holder, a reading rack and magazine storage rack, which can be found under the seat.


The Schwinn 240 comes with a 5-year frame, 1-year mechanical and electrical parts, and 90-day wear parts warranty.


63 x 25 x 46 inches

117 pounds

Schwinn 240 User Reviews

With almost 400 reviews to its name, and with over 80% of consumers having awarded the Schwinn 240 with either a 4 or 5 star rating, it’s clear that this is a quality bike.

Users have stated how they like the bike’s smooth pedaling motion, construction quality, comfort and virtually silent operation. However, you should also keep in mind that users’ biggest complaint is about the instruction manual, as it’s poorly written.

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Any Complaints?

While assembling the Schwinn 240 is fairly straightforward, the manual could make things a bit clearer.

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