Schwinn recumbent bikes come in several models. The higher level models are the Schwinn 230 and 240. Here’s why they offer value and how they are different.
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Comfort is a selling point for recumbent bikes. Seat comfort gets mentioned on the Schwinn models. These models, the 230 and 240, have been sold in such large volumes, it’s easy to find much owner feedback on the Internet. The seat gets mentioned a lot. It’s adjustable and made to fit most anybody. It’s not just less pain that’s the point of comfort in exercise bikes. A more pleasant ride means it’s easier to ride longer and get better results. Are there other brands with a comfort ride? Certainly so, but the Schwinn offers value that’s hard to better.
What’s more, these bikes are easy to mount. The frame design puts the frame members just about completely out of the way and easy to deal with.
Comfort means it’s easy to ride for longer and more often too. A real plus to recumbents is the comfortable seating position makes for better workouts. Spend more time riding and you get better results. It’s especially true with exercise bikes that using the larger muscles helps burn fat faster and helps increase the metabolism rate as well. Build muscle and you increase basal or at-rest fat burning. Burning more fat at rest means more sustainable weight loss. That’s the true way to long-term weight loss and fitness. That’s a real advantage of exercise bikes over other fitness machines. They can help you boost your rate of fat burning.
Both these Schwinns have the same type of quiet magnetic drive. It is referred to as an Eddy Current drive which just means that a resistance is generated electrically as you pedal. That quiet is actually another comfort issue. The drive is whisper quiet so you can listen to music or watch movies while you ride. No loud racket to irritate and cause you to want to get away from exercise to escape the racket and stress.
Now the Schwinn 230 has 16 resistance levels and 6 preset workout programs. The 240 includes 17 workouts built in and 8 course profiles. The later 240 includes a Schwinn workout tracking system to make following your progress easier. It also features telemetry-enabled, integrated grip heart rate system for easy fitness monitoring. The bikes are both moderate heavy weights with the 240 a tad heavier at 117 pounds versus 103 pounds.
In either case, Schwinn recumbent bikes get high ranks for comfort and quality too. Pick the computer power that’s right for you and the price you want to pay. Other bikes available are the Model 220 as well as the low priced Schwinn Active 20 Series Recumbent Exercise Bike. Since there are lots of owners it’s quite easy to access plenty of owner reviews. The 230 and 240 are the more expensive Schwinn bikes but are still very moderate in price compared to the competition. They offer a balance of features and price that’s very competitive.
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