Schwinn® 125 Upright Bike Review

The Schwinn® 125 Upright Bike offers excellent value for your money by delivering technological capabilities more commonly found in high-price premium exercise bikes. The warranty terms also compare favorably with many options in the same price range.

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The Good

Preprogrammed and Custom Workout Options

The Schwinn® 125 Upright Bike is outfitted with a terrific automated workout system that few bikes in the same price range are able to match. Choose from six preprogrammed workout routines designed to mimic popular outdoor cycling workouts, including a high-intensity mountain peak workout, an interval training routine, and an uphill strength routine, among others. While there are many bikes in higher price ranges that offer these kinds of workout programs, you’d be hard-pressed to find a model with similar capabilities at the same price.

Solid Warranty Terms

This bike also comes through with a very strong warranty for the price range. When you buy a new Schwinn® 125 Upright Bike, you get five years of coverage on the frame and one year of coverage on electronic components, mechanical parts, and the eddy current brake system. 90-day labor coverage is also included. While there are better warranties on the market, they come with a price tag much higher than the Schwinn® 125. If you’re looking for a good balance of features and warranty protections on an affordable upright exercise bike, it’s difficult to do much better than this model.

User profile for storing performance data

The Schwinn® 125 is also equipped with on-board memory to store your workout performances from day to day. Track and view your totals and averages for workout distance, speed, and burned calories. This is a pretty useful capability and one that many high-price exercise bikes don’t even offer. Although the Schwinn® 125 includes a heart-rate sensor and displays your heart rate on the LCD monitor in real time, the data is not saved in memory. Also note there is only one user profile available on each bike. Additional users are able to monitor their real-time workout statistics while they cycle, but these statistics are not stored in memory for later viewing.

Integrated speakers and fan

The Schwinn® 125 is also outfitted with some premium features more common to high-price models. The integrated speakers enable you to take your headphones off while you workout. Connect just about any personal music device to the Schwinn® 125 console with a standard 3 mm audio plug and play your favorite tunes. The bike even comes with the proper connector cord so you don’t have to buy one separately. The control console also conceals a three-speed adjustable fan. While you won’t be blown away by the air flow, you’re sure to appreciate the light breeze when you’re in the middle of a challenging virtual hill climb.

The Bad

Small, lackluster display

Given the terrific feature set, solid warranty, and relatively low price point, there’s not a lot to complain about when it comes to the Schwinn® 125 Upright Bike. That said, the bike’s simple digital LCD readout is one area that could stand some improvement. The LCD is designed to display a handful of real-time statistics on the screen at once. However, at only several inches across, the screen space is so limited that numbers are hard to read at a glance. What’s more, there’s no backlighting or color to improve visibility. Although most riders manage just fine, it can be a challenge to monitor the screen in the midst of a hard workout.

The Details

Price

  • Price: $299.99

Warranty

  • Brakes: 1 year
  • Electronics: 1 year
  • Frame: 5 years
  • Labor: 90 days
  • Parts: 1 year

Specs

  • Assembled Dimensions: 32"L x 20"W x 53"H
  • Assembled Weight: 80 lbs
  • Type: Upright
  • User Weight Capacity: 275 lbs

Performance

  • Drive System: Belt
  • Levels of Resistance: 16
  • Number of Workout Programs: 8
  • Resistance System: Magnetic

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