THE GOOD

PRESET WORKOUT ROUTINES AND REAL-TIME WORKOUT STATISTICS:

The Schwinn® A20 Recumbent Bike is equipped with a fully automatic workout system with six preprogrammed routines to select from. Ride the rolling hills, top the mountain peaks, or take a ride in the park, all with the push of a button. Of course, you can always use the Quick Start manual mode to ride as you wish, changing among the eight available levels of resistant as if you were changing gears on a real bike. Whatever workout routine you opt for, the Schwinn® A20 always tracks and displays your workout statistics, including your riding speed and pedal rotations per minute, your accumulated distance, and your current heart rate and burned-calorie count. Your heart rate is conveniently monitored through contact sensors built into the handle grips.

SOLID WARRANTY COVERAGE FOR THE PRICE:

Although the Schwinn® A20 comes with an entry-level price, you get solid warranty terms that compare well with more expensive exercise bikes on the market. The bike frame comes with a two-year warranty while electronic components, mechanical parts, and the magnetic resistance system are covered for one year from the date of purchase. Labor and wear parts are covered for 60 days. Although a bike like the Horizon Fitness RC30 delivers substantially better warranty terms, including a lifetime frame warranty and a 20-year brake warranty, you pay a substantially higher price for a set of features that are much like what the Schwinn® A20 offers.

STURDY YET LIGHTWEIGHT CONSTRUCTION:

Weighing in at 60.1 pounds fully assembled, the Schwinn® A20 Recumbent Bike is one of the lighter recumbent bikes on the market. This makes it relatively easy to move out of the way when not in use, especially compared to a bike like the Diamondback Fitness 510Sr Recumbent Bike, which is more than twice as heavy at 125 pounds. Although lightweight, the Schwinn® A20 is still very sturdy, with a user-weight rating of 275 pounds. In comparison, the much heavier Diamondback Fitness 510Sr is rated for 300 pounds.

ON-BOARD SPEAKERS FOR YOUR MUSIC DEVICE:

If you want to listen to some inspirational tunes to help you push the pace, the Schwinn® A20 has stereo speakers built right into the console. The speakers are compatible with virtually any personal music device out there. To connect your device, you need a stereo cable with a standard 3.5 millimeter plug for the console connection. Connect the cable, hit play on your device, and start your workout to the sounds of your favorite music.

THE BAD

NO ON-BOARD MEMORY TO TRACK PERFORMANCE:

Because the Schwinn® A20 Recumbent Bike doesn't have on-board memory, there is no way to automatically track your workout statistics from day to day. Although it's not much trouble to log your workouts in a notebook by hand, automatic performance tracking makes for a pretty convenient feature. For example, the Schwinn® 250 Recumbent Bike includes the Schwinn Advantage™ workout tracking system, which stores workout performance totals and averages for a number of different statistics, including speed, distance, and calories burned. With this system, viewing your past performance requires little more than pushing a few buttons. While it would be nice to get such a system with the Schwinn® A20, it's important to note that none of the most popular recumbent bikes in the same price range offer such a tracking system. To get performance tracking, you have to move up to a higher price range.

UNINSPIRING LCD DISPLAY:

One minor criticism has to do with the rather lackluster LCD display that comes with the Schwinn® A20. The display utilizes a very basic black-on-green digital readout that, although perfectly functional, leaves a lot to be desired if you're used to the full-color displays common on smartphones and other modern devices. While many exercise machines these days are outfitted with full-color displays and even feature touch-screen capabilities, the Schwinn® A20 display is decidedly basic. All that said, the lack of a color LCD doesn't really affect the A20's capabilities as an exercise machine.

THE DETAILS

Price
Price $299
Warranty
Brakes 1 year
Electronics 1 year
Frame 2 years
Labor 60 days
Parts 60 days
Specs
Assembled Dimensions 61"L x 19" W x 40.5" H
Assembled Weight 60.1lbs
Type Recumbent
User Weight Capacity 275 lbs
Performance
Drive System Belt
Levels of Resistance 8
Number of Workout Programs 6
Resistance System Magnetic

FEATURES

Title
  • 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.

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

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

  • 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 amazon.com, bestbuy.com, or sears.com.

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

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

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

  • Other Other types of workout programs are available.

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

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

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