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Schwinn airdyne ad4 upright exercise bike review

Schwinn airdyne ad4 upright exercise bike review

Schwinn Airdyne AD4 Upright Exercise Bike Review
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Schwinn airdyne ad4 upright exercise bike review

The Schwinn Airdyne AD4 Upright Exercise Bike (along with the Schwinn Evo Comp) is a classic in its own right.It features an air-based resistance system, allows you to workout both your upper and lower body, and a couple of clever yet subtle extras have made the AD4 a consumer’s favorite over the past few decades.The design and engineering process has virtually unchanged over the last 30 years; but that isn’t a bad thing – Schwinn seem to have taken the motto of “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it” to heart.

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Air Resistance Flywheel

The Airdyne AD4 is equipped with an air-resistance flywheel, which means that the resistance level is determined by the intensity level you cycle at. Some may see this as being a bad thing and say that they prefer magnetic resistance. However, magnetic resistors have a tendency to burn out, rendering a bike almost useless. With air resistance, on the other hand, there is no chance of this happening.

Furthermore, the simplicity of the AD4 is its selling point. You are able to find the right resistance level for your endurance, energy level and strength because the resistance is determined by your cycling efforts – pedal hard, and the resistance will increase; pedal slowly, and the resistance will decrease.

Slow pedalers are able to find a level of resistance that they can handle but it’s still enough to build up muscle. Strong pedalers are able to generate enough resistance to provide a challenging workout.


Exercise bikes usually feature handlebars that only exist to provide support for the cyclist by steadying them. However, the dual-action handlebars found on the Airdyne A4 are movable, so you are encouraged to work out your upper body as you cycle. Your cycling motion targets the lower body, and moving the handlebars back and forth targets the upper body, providing a total body workout.

Ergonomically Designed Seat

The ergonomically designed seat is contoured, has a decent amount of padding and is wide enough to allow larger users to work out comfortably. The height of the seat can also be adjusted with a quick turn of the adjustment knob to accommodate different heights of users.

Built-in Fan

A very clever feature is the way in which the built-in fan works. Most exercise bikes are equipped with fans which provide a constant flow of air, without the option of adjusting the intensity of the breeze. The Schwinn Airdyne AD4 Upright Exercise Bike’s fan, on the other hand, provides an air flow that is determined by you. Or in other words, the harder you pedal the stronger the air flow, which results in a cooling effect that is right for the intensity level you are cycling at.

MonitorSchwinn AD4 Computer Monitor

The monitor operates on 2 AA batteries, and provides feedback on workload, RPM, distance, total calories burned, calories burned per hour and heart rate. As a result, this makes it simple to track your workout efforts as well as to make any adjustments, so you can reach your short term or long term fitness goals.


The AD4 comes with a 30-year frame, 3-year parts and electronics and 1-year labor and wear items warranty.

User Reviews

The AD4 has received overwhelmingly positive reviews, with users praising the build quality and thus the durability of the bike, the ability to work out both the upper and lower body, as well as the easy to read monitor. However, a few users have found that the seat is a bit uncomfortable and that the fan makes too much noise, although this is the norm for air resistance bikes.

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Any Complaints?

Besides the seat and noise, there is little else to complain about. If we were being really fussy, we would say that the bike is a bit heavy, weighing in at 96 pounds, so you won’t be able to move it from one location to another with ease.

Anything Else You Should Know?

There isn’t much to add. All you need to know is that the Schwinn Airdyne AD4 is a comfortable, well-built, versatile exercise bike that is likely to last for years to come thanks to its lack of electronic parts. If you want an exercise bike that can target both your upper and lower body, and you are not concerned with technological features, the AD4 is well worth a look.

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