Schwinn® Airdyne® AD2 Review

The Schwinn® Airdyne® AD2 makes a terrific exercise solution for the home, delivering everything you need for a full-body workout in a single, compact package. Although it lacks a couple common technological capabilities, you won't get a full-body workout from many other bikes on the market.

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The Good

Works legs and upper body simultaneously

Unlike traditional upright exercise bikes and stationary spinning bikes, the Schwinn® Airdyne® AD2 is designed to deliver a full-body workout. Both the pedals and handlebars are connected to the bike’s resistance system, enabling you to work your lower and upper body at the same time. The handlebars move forward and back, providing resistance in both directions. As you pull the handlebar toward your body, you work your back and biceps. As you push the handlebar away from your body, you work your triceps and chest muscles. Working the pedals and the handlebars at the same time produces a true full-body workout. Alternatively, work your upper body independently by removing your feet from the pedals and placing them comfortably on the fixed foot pegs, or remove your hands from the handlebars to focus on your pedaling.

Effective fan-based resistance system

The Schwinn® Airdyne® AD2 utilizes a fan-based wind resistance system rather than a magnetic or direct-contact braking system like most other exercise bikes use. Unlike magnetic and direct-contact resistance systems, the Schwinn® Airdyne® AD2 does not have a manual resistance dial or a push-button resistance selector. Rather, you simply cycle harder to raise the resistance. To lower the resistance, reduce your cycling speed. Once you get a little practice with the Schwinn® Airdyne® AD2 system, it’s quite easy to control the resistance level with accuracy.

Decent warranty terms

This Schwinn® Airdyne® model delivers warranty terms that stack up well against other exercise bikes in the same price range. You get a five-year frame warranty and a one-year mechanical and electrical parts warranty. There’s also three months of coverage on wear parts, like the bike’s drive belt, and on labor. While not spectacular, these are definitely solid warranty terms. That said, if you’re looking for a lengthier warranty, you might consider stepping up to the Schwinn® Airdyne® AD6, which delivers a 15-year frame warranty, a three-year mechanical parts warranty, a two-year electrical parts warranty, and a six-month warranty on labor costs, though at a higher price than the AD2.

LCD performance monitor

Although the Schwinn® Airdyne® AD2 does not offer any programmable workout capabilities, it does have an LCD performance monitor designed to track your speed, distance, RPMs, and burned calories. The numbers are very large, making it easy to read at a glance. Note that only one number is displayed on the LCD at a time. You must wait about 30 seconds for the display to run through each of the available statistics in turn.

The Bad

Lacks automated workout programs

There are plenty of exercise bikes on the market that enable you to complete preprogrammed, automated workout routines. These models feature mechanical resistance systems that can be controlled by computer. Due to the basic functioning of the Schwinn® Airdyne® wind resistance system, however, the AD2 is not compatible with computer-controlled workout systems. If you’re interested in this kind of capability, you’ll find many solid options to choose from in other exercise bike categories, including traditional upright exercise bikes, recumbent bikes, and stationary spinning bikes.

No heart rate monitor

Integrated heart rate monitors are pretty common among bikes in the same price range as the Schwinn® Airdyne® AD2. While it would be nice to see such a capability on this model, it’s not altogether surprising that it hasn’t been included. Most other exercise bikes monitor heart rate through contact sensors built into the handlebars. When your palms are in contact with these sensors, your heart rate is recorded and displayed on the included monitor. The Schwinn® Airdyne® AD2’s oscillating handlebars make it difficult to use this kind of setup, however. If you’re willing to spend a little more money, the Schwinn® Airdyne® AD6 gets around this problem by including a receiver that works with third-party wireless heart rate monitors, which eliminates the need for contact sensors altogether.

The Details

Price

  • Price: $399

Warranty

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

Specs

  • Assembled Dimensions: 46"L x 25"W x 50"H
  • Assembled Weight: 96 lbs
  • Type: Upright
  • User Weight Capacity: 250 lbs

Performance

  • Drive System: Belt
  • Levels of Resistance: Infinite
  • Number of Workout Programs: None
  • Resistance System: Air

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