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Schwinn 130 Upright Bike Review

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Schwinn is a well-known American brand in the innovative fitness industry. They will always give you a product that is well-made and of good quality. The 130 Upright Bike is affordable and offers features that let the user easily achieve their fitness goals. It has a very strong tubular frame, guaranteeing durability and a high speed, high inertia flywheel, providing stable, smooth and quiet riding experience. It comes with a range of features that let the user be comfortable when working out like adjustable handlebars and well contoured padded seat which can be adjusted for a suitable cycling position. It has features that raise the metabolism, burn fat and improve endurance. There are 22 preset workout programs among them 8 programs which are specifically meant for heart rate control, letting you train within your target heart rate zone at all times.

Stationary bike workouts will get you in shape fast. All you have to do is work at it. You can use a stationary bike for workouts to help you get in shape fast, lose weight and get stronger in a hurry. Let's face it, it's hard to stick with most exercise programs. Stuff is always coming up to keep you from working out, right?

Mind you, we had the opportunity to use the Schwinn 170 upright bike, Schwinn 270 recumbent bike and the Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike. However, while those are three good upright bikes that will help you with your exercises day in and day out, the one that we are here to recommend today would be the Schwinn 130 upright bike and for a good reason …

At first glance, this may look like a simple exercise bike to you, but it is more than just a bike and for the affordable price tag stamped on it, it can easily fit in almost any budget.

Take a look at this picture and tell us it doesn’t look like something you would want to use:

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We don’t know how you feel about this bike, but we personally believe it looks pretty cool. However, looks aren’t the only thing this exercise bike has going for it.

Features

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The Schwinn 130 upright bike offers 20 levels of eddy current brake computer controlled resistance, providing a wide range of challenging workout options. The handlebars are adjustable so you can find a comfortable riding position and also makes accommodation for users of different sizes. There is an adjustable, well contoured and padded seat so you can have the most comfortable workout possible.

There is oversized crossbar tubing for stability and two integrated levelers making a solid workout platform. The ergonomically positioned grip heart rate makes it possible to ride in a relaxed position while making use of a heart rate program.

The sturdy fame and high speed, high inertia perimeter weighted flywheel gives a smooth, quiet and consistent workout experience.

The DualTrackTM two LCD Window System comes with increased visibility to workout progress data and goal tracking. This workout data includes speed, time, distance, level, revolution per minute, heart rate, calories, program, intensity, heart rate zone, goal, user and achievement.

The 22 preset workout programs were designed to offer a fantastic workout and the fitness goal orientated results include 9 profiles (3 fun rides, 3 mountain rides and 3 challenges), 8 heart rate control workouts, 2 custom user defined for storage of workout data and personal information, 2 fitness tests to measure your physical fitness progress and improvements and 1 quick start.

You can download workout data through the USB connectivity to Schwinn ConnectTM and MyFitnessPal.

There is a media shelf for your magazine or tablet. There are speakers on the console with MP3 input port and USB charging for your entertainment. Giving you plenty of your favorite music while working out.

There is an adjustable 3-speed fan to help keep you cool while working out. The water bottle holder keeps water handy during the workout and transportation wheel make it easy to move the bike where needed and for storage.

The only downside is that it does not come with a HR chest strap option. So you only have the hand grip heart rate monitoring system.

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See the console on this bike? It looks really fun to use, don’t you think? It looks even better in person, trust us on this.

 

Warranty

  • 10 Years for Frame
  • 2 Years for Mechanical
  • 1 Year for Electrical
  • 90 Days for Labor

 

Product Dimensions

  • 58’’ Height
  • 22’’ Width
  • 41’’ Length
  • Supports about 300 pounds maximum user weight
  • Weighs 59 pounds

The shipping costs of the upright bike will depend on who you make the purchase from. Some retailers might give free shipping but others don’t.

The assembly of the unit is fairly easy since the major components are preassembled. It also comes with a detailed instruction manual that lets you easily walk through the assembly process. You will be required to fix the stabilizers and pedals, console, seat, post and handlebars.

Indoor Cycling

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If you are considering taking up indoor cycling and looking for an indoor stationary bike it’s important to get to know all of the facts first. There are many different styles available and each has their own special kind of features.

  • Indoor cycling is considered to be a low-impact activity. If you do cycling correctly there is minimal impact on the hip, knees and ankle joints.
  • Muscular endurance is the ability of a muscle to continually and repeatedly exert force over an extended period of time. When you are pedaling against resistance in indoor cycling you will increase muscle endurance in the legs. By working these muscles you’ll help to strengthen surrounding tendons, bones and ligaments thereby increasing overall strength.
  • An indoor cycling session can provide a rush of adrenaline and release of happy mood-inducing neurotransmitters that are known as endorphins. These tend to create euphoric feelings, lower stress and enhance the body’s immune response.
  • It is recommended that healthy adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week. So with an indoor cycling program you can lower the risk of coronary artery disease.
  • The handlebars on an indoor cycle should be easily reachable and you should be able to hold on to them comfortably keeping your back tall, an open chest, relaxed shoulders and a small bend in your elbows.
  • The seat adjustment is designed to that you can align your knee in neutral over the pedal.
  • After you have adjusted the handlebar and seat, get on the bike and place your foot in the tennis-shoe cage. Position the ball of your foot in the center of the pedal and tighten the strap. Take a few pedal strokes and be sure you are comfortable with the positioning.

 

Doesn’t Take Much Skill

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Riding this bike isn’t going to take a whole lot of skill. In fact, you can be a complete beginner and know exactly what to do as soon as you hop on this bike.

 So many effective exercise activities require much skill and we don’t know about you, but this is something we are personally fed up with. Excuse us, but cross-country skiing is pretty well out of the question for this flat lander. What with all the falling down and running into things, who can get much out of that? And so it goes. A lot of exercise activities take a lot of effort to master to the point where you can get much out of it.

Let's face it, it really takes nearly no skill to ride an exercise bike. It's one of those activities, like running, where you just go to it and anybody can do it. Why even folks with some injuries and physical limitations find that exercise bikes are just the ticket to improved physical fitness. Bikes are favorites in rehab programs. Unlike a lot of exercise activities riding stationary bikes is something just about anybody can do.

And you're a lot less likely to break your collarbone falling off an exercise bike than you are to pull the same stunt on a road bike, like I did. Ouch! You have to remember that it does take work to get results though.

 

Conclusion

Sure, you could always go for a spin bike, Proform treadmill, or even the best treadmill on the market, but nothing is going to beat the workout you can get from an exercise bike like the Schwinn 130 upright bike. If you have a fairly small budget, but are looking for something that isn’t going to give up on you after the first workout, then this bike is highly recommended. Trust us, it’s the type of thing you’re going to look forward to getting on every day.

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