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November 16, 2015

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Schwinn® A20 Recumbent Bike Review

The Schwinn® A20 Recumbent Bike is a very solid entry-level exercise bike that provides all the basic features you need to support a regular fitness plan. Although it isn't equipped as well as other exercise bikes on the market, it does come with a relatively low price.

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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: $299


  • Brakes: 1 year
  • Electronics: 1 year
  • Frame: 2 years
  • Labor: 60 days
  • Parts: 60 days


  • Assembled Dimensions: 61"L x 19" W x 40.5" H
  • Assembled Weight: 60.1lbs
  • Type: Recumbent
  • User Weight Capacity: 275 lbs


  • Drive System: Belt
  • Levels of Resistance: 8
  • Number of Workout Programs: 6
  • Resistance System: Magnetic

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