Anyone looking to get their exercise in for the week should consider a recumbent exercise bike. It allows you to exercise regardless of the weather, but perhaps more importantly, it allows those with back problems to exercise while resting their backs.
There are many recumbent bikes on the market, but one of the most popular is the very reasonably priced Schwinn A20 Recumbent Exercise Bike, which is one of Schwinn’s best-selling products. But does it live up to the hype? Or are there other recumbent bikes out there that are better?
There are 11 preset workout programs, which is just one shy of the Schwinn 120 and includes 6 profile programs, 3 heart rate control programs, 1 manual program and 1 target heart program.
While it’s unlikely that any exerciser will need more than 6 profile programs, it’s good to see that the option for even more variety as you workout is available. In the unlikely event that you do not like any of the preset programs, you have the ability to create your own profile that is in line with your needs and goals.
The LCD display monitors the time, calories burned, distance traveled, pulse, speed, resistance level and RPM. You also have the option of switching between miles and kilometers, which many people will find beneficial, particularly those who are not originally from the USA.
Overall, the Schwinn A20 is very comfortable, largely in part due to the ergonomically designed seat which allows you make a number of adjustments until you find a fit that is just right. The heart rate sensors have also been designed in a way that allows your hands to be positioned naturally. There is one minor point in regards to comfort, which some people have complained about, that is talked about below.
If you are planning to exercise late at night, live in an apartment, or would just prefer not to make a lot of noise while you exercise, you are in luck, as the A20 is as quiet as a mouse. You would have a tough time getting on anyone’s nerves as you exercise.
The Schwinn A20 is easy to assemble, thanks to the clear and detailed instructions provided in the manual. While it takes less time to assemble if there is another person on hand to help you, one person shouldn’t run into any problems, and will only need to spend a maximum of 30-45 minutes to put all the parts together.
This bike comes with a 2 years frame, 6 months mechanical and electrical parts and 30 days wear parts warranty.
61 x 17 x 41 inches
The Schwinn A20 has been met with some very favorable reviews, with users noting the quietness of the bike when in operation, the effectiveness of the workout, as well as the ease of the assembly and range of technological features as the standouts. However, some users think that the fan could be better, and that the display is hard to read unless you’re in a well-lit room.
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Besides the display and fan, a minor complaint is that, as the handlebar is placed below the seat cushion, a very small percentage of users have reported slight discomfort as they cycle. However, this can easily be rectified by placing a small cushion on the seat.
Anything Else You Should Know?
There isn’t much else to add. All you need to know is that the Schwinn A20 is a well-built, reliable and effective exercise bike, which after having been in business for years, is synonymous with Schwinn. One reviewer puts it best: “if you are looking for an inexpensive recumbent bike, you will not find one with more features and comfort for the price.”