The Schwinn® 250 Recumbent Bike has 16 resistance settings, enabling you to fine-tune the difficulty of your ride to get optimum workout results. When utilizing the manual workout setting, change your resistance level anytime at the press of a button. Alternatively, select one of 17 different preprogrammed workout routines and let the Schwinn® 250 handle all the resistance changes. Workout routines include hill climbs, circuits, and pursuits in addition to distance routines and a special fitness test that helps you set fitness benchmarks to better gauge your progress over time. If you intend to put in a lot of time on your bike, the Schwinn® 250's precise resistance capabilities and diverse workout routines are especially valuable in helping you push yourself to new fitness heights. In comparison, many recumbent exercise bikes on the market deliver only about eight resistance settings and around eight preprogrammed workout routines.


This bike also features the Schwinn Advantage™ workout journal software, which is designed to automatically track your workout statistics over time. The software is capable of tracking two independent users. Once your user account is set up, view your workout statistics anytime including your total time on the bike, your total distance traveled, and your total calories burned. Per-workout averages are also available at the push of a button. The Schwinn Advantage™ software is pretty useful, especially when compared to the many exercise bikes that come with no tracking system at all. The Schwinn Advantage™ software is also used to set up a personal profile that several of the preprogrammed routines utilize to create a cycling workout unique to your personal fitness level.


Like many of the most popular recumbent bikes on the market, the Schwinn® 250 is capable of monitoring your heart rate through contact sensors on the bike's handlebars. However, the Schwinn® 250 goes even further by including an integrated receiver that works with Polar Electro wireless heart rate transmitters and other Polar-compatible models. These transmitters are designed to be worn comfortably around the chest, which means you don't have to continuously grip the handlebars to keep track of your heart rate accurately. This capability is especially useful for Schwinn® 250 workout routines that utilize heart rate data to trigger different stages of the workout.


The Schwinn® 250 includes a standard 3.5 millimeter jack to connect just about any personal music device to a pair of integrated stereo speakers. Although the speakers won't blow you away, they produce decent sound and enable you to get the headphones off your head while you sweat your way through your workout. The console also conceals a small two-speed fan. While you won't mistake the air volume for a headwind, you're sure to appreciate the nice breeze during your hard ride.


Another nice aspect of this exercise bike is its easy-to-read display, which shows your real-time workout statistics and tracks your progress through your current workout routine. The display shows your elapsed workout time, your speed, and your total distance in addition to your current heart rate and your total calories burned. Although it may not have a lot of direct influence on your workouts, this display is larger and easier to read than the screens on many other bikes, which delivers some real convenience, especially if you put in a lot of time on the bike



Although the Schwinn® 250 Recumbent Bike comes with a solid warranty, it falls a little short of the best performers in the category. As a new Schwinn® 250 owner, you get a five-year warranty on the frame, a one-year warranty on mechanical parts, brakes, and electronic components, and a three-month warranty on labor. The five-year frame warranty is quite impressive and shows the company has a lot of confidence in the Schwinn® 250's overall build quality. However, a bike like the Diamondback Fitness 510Sr Recumbent Bike, for example, delivers a full lifetime warranty on the frame and brakes, a three-year warranty on mechanical parts and electronic components, and a one-year warranty on labor. While the Diamondback does have a somewhat higher suggested retail price, if you're looking for the peace of mind that comes with a long warranty, the Diamondback may be worth a careful look.


Price $479
Brakes 1 year
Electronics 1 year
Frame 5 years
Labor 90 days
Parts 90 days
Assembled Dimensions 63"L x 25"W x 46"H
Assembled Weight 117 lbs
Type Recumbent
User Weight Capacity 300 lbs
Drive System Belt
Levels of Resistance 16
Number of Workout Programs 16
Resistance System Magnetic


  • Brakes A brakes warranty is included.

  • Electronics An warranty that covers electronics is included.

  • Frame The exercise bike frame is covered by a warranty.

  • Labor A labor warranty is included.

  • Parts The parts on the exercise bike are covered by a warranty.

  • Calories Burned The display indicates the number of calories you have burned during your workout.

  • Distance The distance you have travelled is displayed.

  • Heart Rate Your heart rate is displayed.

  • Resistance Level The level of resistance is displayed.

  • RPM Rotations per minute (RPM) is displayed.

  • Speed The current speed is displayed.

  • Workout Time The duration of your workout is displayed.

  • Adjustable Pedals You can adjust the pedals.

  • Adjustable Seat You can adjust the seat.

  • Resistance You can manually adjust the resistance.

  • Step-Thru Frame The bike has a step-thru frame.

  • Transport Wheels The exercise bike has built-in wheels to enable easy transport.

  • Adjustable Handlebars You can adjust the handlebars.

  • Heart Rate Monitor The exercise bike includes a heart rate monitor.

  • Media Tray A media tray is included in the console.

  • Water Bottle Holder The console includes a water bottle holder.

  • FAQs The company provides a list of answers to frequently asked questions.

  • User Guide A user guide or training manual is provided by the company.

  • Video Tutorials The company provides video tutorials.

  • Email The company has an email or ticket system dedicated to support.

  • Phone You can contact the company by phone to get support.

  • Social Media You can contact the company with questions through social media websites.

  • Live Chat The company offers live chat support.

  • Favorable User Reviews The exercise bike received four out of five stars on,, or

  • Fat Burn The bike has a workout program designed to burn fat.

  • Interval You can select a workout program that alternates between periods of high and low exertion.

  • Manual You can manually select your speed, incline, and distance.

  • Other Other types of workout programs are available.

  • Hills You can choose a workout program that simulates rolling hills or riding uphill.

  • Strength You can select a workout program designed to gradually increase the resistance to help you build strength and endurance.

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