Schwinn 240 Review
A Review the Schwinn 240 Recumbent Bike
In my personal quest to find a quality exercise bike and after trying out a number of different bikes at different stores, fitness clubs, some friends houses, etc; I came across this bike and decided to write a Schwinn 240 review for you guys & gals!
Early in my search I wasn’t entirely certain that a recumbent was the right type of bike for me versus and upright. However, after trying a number of both, as well as doing extensive research on the benefits of each, the recumbent exercise bike style is certainly the one.
This Schwinn 240 is great exercise bike which fits my needs but it may not be the perfect match for every single person out there, so I encourage you to keep reading and find out if it right for you.
Why the Schwinn 240? The Pluses
The Schwinn 240 is a recumbent bike, in case you want to know the differences between an upright, check out one of our other articles here: Recumbent Exercise Bike Benefits
As mentioned, I’ve tested a lot of different bikes and the sheer quality of this Schwinn 240 is hard to beat. By this I mean it’s a rock solid machine, sturdy, quiet and comfortable. Other machines I’ve tested which come close to matching the quality of this bike are upwards of $1000+
The computer that comes with it has programmable workouts and is able to have different profiles for different people using the bike. This is a huge plus for me as my wife likes to use it too and she can have her own workout setup. With other bikes that I’ve tested you would have to manually change all the settings each time for each person. On top of this the multicolored back-lighting is pleasant on the eyes and the screen is adjustable in height for users of different sizes without having to crane their necks. It even has a built in heart rate scanner which will help optimize your workouts.
The seat is quite comfortable for both of us, me being 6 foot 220lb and my wife being 5’4, we both find it very comfortable to sit on for up to a couple hours even (haven’t tried for much longer than that in one sitting), it’s well padded and just a good solid seat. And of course, the seat supports multiple positions as well, again perfectly accommodating our different sizes.
As for the actual workouts themselves, again the Schwinn 240 does not fall short. There are 17 different pre-programmed workouts built into the computer each designed to step you up and push you to your limits. The flywheel has up to 16 different resistance levels which are adequate for pretty much any possible personal level of fitness. I used to do 600lb squats a few years ago so I’ve got some pretty strong legs but with the higher resistance levels this bike is still very capable of exhausting my legs.
And Now… The Negatives?
As is with everything, the Schwinn 240 does have it’s flaws too, but hold on a sec – the really aren’t too bad. These minor flaws only involve the initial setup and learning how to use the computer and even I’ve even put together solutions to share with you and make the process easier. 🙂
Now, the bike itself isn’t difficult to put together but the instructions are not well written at all, in fact there’s almost no actual writing at all, it’s mostly diagrams that you kind of have to figure out on your own. If you’re not very mechanically inclined it might be a good idea to get a friend who is to give you a hand. I have an extra bonus/solution for you right here though: Extended assembly instructions for the Schwinn 240 to go along with your diagram instructions.
The same goes with the computer, once you know how to use it, it’s not a problem but the instructions that come with it are not the best. I highly recommend going to Schwinn’s website and downloading the computer manual, it will help a lot and pretty much solve the problem.
Another odd thing to note is that when I received my Schwinn 240 and started to build it I noticed that a few of the parts had already been pre-assembled and had to actually be disassembled in order to fit them all together with everything else. Doesn’t make a lot of sense… not a huge problem, just a bit annoying is all, again though, once it’s built it’s not an issue.
Lastly, quality control could be better, this actually should probably be in the other owners section below because I didn’t have an issue with this myself, but some users have received non-working computers. Fortunately though both Nautilus (the company that makes the Schwinn 240) and Amazon’s customer service is excellent and you will have no issues getting replacements if you do have an issue.
Other Owner’s Opinions
People I’ve talked to as well as countless other reviews I’ve read, comment on the quality of the build and the remarkable quietness of the machine, it being one of the quietest models available on the market and it’s highly flexible resistance levels giving you everything you can handle.
One owner was appreciative of the Schwinn 240’s many different exercise programs, mentioning the bike’s ability to remember the personal information of its users. The cup holder is smartly placed next to the console, instead of under the seat, and the basket to store magazines and other various items is smartly placed as well.
Conclusion of My Experience with the Schwinn 240
Aside from the initial building and setting up the bike issues, I have found the Schwinn 240 to be compact, stable, solid and secure. This recumbent bike provides me with a strong workout and is certainly capable for users of all fitness levels. The computer and it’s workout programs will allow me to stick with a long-term exercise bike program to get the results that I’m looking for.
I used to bike outside a lot on the street and one of the best parts about picking up one of these recumbent bikes has been that I don’t need to be concerned about keeping my coordination or balance while out on the road or worry about dodging cars and other obstacles (people?). I can ride any time of the day regardless of the weather. All of this on a bike that feels very high quality and that I’m quite satisfied with, the Schwinn 240.