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Schwinn® 250 Recumbent Bike Review

The Schwinn® 250 Recumbent Bike is a full-featured exercise bike with several advanced capabilities, including workout performance tracking and wireless heart rate monitoring. While the warranty could be better, it still provides solid protection for the price. Buy Now

Andre Ashley

Andre Ashley

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Updated: January 20, 2014

The Good

16 resistance levels and diverse preprogrammed workout options:

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.

Automatic workout tracking system:

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.

Hands-free heart rate monitor:

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.

Integrated console speakers and fan:

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.

Easy-to-read color LCD display:

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

The Bad

Warranty period slightly shorter than some competitors:

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.

The Details

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



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  • 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.


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