The Schwinn 130 Upright Bike usually sells for around $329 with a money-back guarantee. This affordable upright bike has a good warranty for the low price, so what’s the catch? The main cost-cutting feature is the flywheel. For comparison, with a heavier flywheel, you’d get smoother pedaling and a more extensive range of challenge levels.
Resistance for the Schwinn 130 pedals comes from a 13-pound flywheel with magnetic braking. You can choose from 20 resistance levels with digital controls, including Quick-set buttons. The handlebars and saddle have foam cushioning for comfort. For a custom ride, you can swap out the bike seat; the bike seat position can be adjusted up/down with a pin.
The 130 data monitor has a two-window LCD to show your progress. The bike computer also tracks workout data long-term for two user profiles. With 13 data points, it supplies lots more feedback than the typical bike under $500. The Schwinn 130 upright bike has a good deal of programming. You can choose from “Quick Start” (manual mode), 19 workout routines, and two fitness tests.
To help keep you entertained while you workout, the console is provided with a reading rack or a mobile device holder. The bike also has a USB port with a charger and a set of MP3 speakers. The bike has a built-in water bottle holder and a three-speed fan to keep you cool and fresh. Transport wheels are (attached) for a smooth relocation.
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Product: Schwinn 130 Upright Bike
Warranty: Frame 10 years / Mechanical 2 years / Electrical 1 year / Labor 90 days
My rating: 8.5/10
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The Schwinn 130 features a strong, steel-made frame, designed to support users up to 300 lbs. It’s far from being a large exercise bike, and can easily be accommodated even into a smaller room. It has about half the weight of your average spinning bike, being rather easy to transport. It’s not a foldable bike, but due to its rather small footprint, it shouldn’t take too much of your storage space.
Both rear and front bases of the frame feature stabilizers, offering the possibility of a stable and secure ride, even on uneven flooring. The frontal base also includes transportation wheels, which make the relocation of the bike much more manageable.
The power cord for the console connects in front of the frame, just above the frontal leveling base. It plugs into a standard electrical outlet, on a 110V-120V circuit. The box includes a 120V 60Hz AC Input, 9VDC, 1.5A output AC power adapter.
Seat and Handlebars
This bike provides a comfortable seat, wide enough to support even heavier users, without generating back pain or soreness. Plus, since it’s a pretty standard seat, you can replace it with a wider one, if you think it’s the case. Or add a gel seat on top of it. The seat is adjustable vertically, allowing a maximum user height of 6’5″ (195.5 cm) and a minimum user height of 4’10” (147 cm). The distance between the seat and the floor at its maximum setting, is roughly 41″ (104 cm), permitting a 38″ (96.5 cm) leg extension.
The main post of the handlebar is stationary, thus the handlebar does not allow vertical adjustment. However, the angle of the handlebar can be adjusted, offering the possibility of multiple workout postures. It’s padded with rubber foam for a good grip, even if your hands become sweaty. But the best part about the handlebar is the integrated pulse sensors, which connect to the central console. Thus, you won’t need to use an additional pulse/heart-rate strap.
130 Drive and brake system
The Schwinn 130 features an eddy brake system. In other words, the drag force of the braking system is via an electromagnetic field. This results in a very smooth and quiet workout. The bike features 20 levels of resistance, making a great exercise bike for beginners, and even advanced users. The flywheel is perimeter weighted, for high inertia, and high speed.
The bike features a one-piece crank, with standard pedals enforced with toe straps. The crank is very solid, supporting the full weight of a heavier user. However, this is not an indoor cycling bike, and the design of the frame does not offer a good position for standing completely up while exercising.
Now, the progress tracking computer of this bike is not exactly your average, basic progress tracker. It’s quite a multifunctional unit, and there’s a lot it can do for you.
First of all, the resistance levels are controlled exclusively through the console. There are ten buttons for quick resistance adjusting if you want to jump from 7 to 16, for example, quickly. The unit displays and tracks time, RPM, distance traveled, current speed, calories burned, resistance level, pulse and heart rate zone, intensity meter, and goal achievement. It has two user profile functions, which are great for saving different exercise settings. These settings do not reset after unplugging the machine.
There’s a goal tracking function, which allows you to set up the desired goal in time, calories, and distance. This function also shows the percent completed towards the set goal. The console offers 22 workout programs. Nine automatically adjust the resistance while you ride. Also, there are eight heart rate programs, one quick start program, two fitness test programs, and two custom programs.
The console features a USB port. Thereby you can save and export your workout data to Schwinn Connect or MyFitnessPal. These sites allow you to analyze your progress in different ways, track your progress and accomplishments weekly, and make every calorie lost matter.
The capabilities of this bike’s console don’t end here, though. It also comes with a pair of acoustic chamber speakers. These come with a standard earphones jack, which allows your device (phone, tablet, iPod, MP3 player, etc.), to play your music through the speakers. The sound rendered is pretty good and clear. They are most definitely not cheaply made speakers.
This device can take care of your cooling, as well. It comes equipped with a 3-speed fan, placed right in between the speakers, a great feature to have when working out during hot summer days.
Last but not least, an elementary, yet handy feature of this console is the tablet tray. This makes it possible to place your tablet on top of the console’s display, watch your favorite movie, or browse the internet, or catch up on your reading.
130 Assembly and Maintenance
This bike is pretty easy and straightforward to assemble. Its drive system is already pre-assembled and secured. All you need to do is add the bases, pedals, posts, seat, handlebar, and console, then adjust them for your desired workout routine. Assembly shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes. The box includes a user’s manual and the tools required for the assembly part.
When it comes to maintenance, the Schwinn 130 is maintenance-free. All you need to do is periodically check for loose components and retighten them in place, and remove dirt and dust if it’s the case. Also, make sure to wipe any drops of water or sweat from the console. It’s not waterproof.
Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 41.3L x 21.4W x 55.6H inches (105L x 54W x 141H cm)
- Product weight: 58.4 lbs (26.5 kg)
- Supported weight: 300 lbs (136 kg)
- Handlebar: Adjustable, with pulse sensors
- Seat: Adjustable
- Pedals: With straps
- Brakes: Eddy current
- Resistance: Adjustable, 20 levels
- Progress tracking console: Yes, 22 workout programs
- Bottle holder: Yes
- Speakers: Incorporated in the console
- Fan: 3-speed, incorporated in the console
- Warranty: Frame 10 years / Mechanical 2 years / Electrical 1 year / Labor 90 days
- The bike comes with an unmatched price/quality ratio;
- The bike’s console is quite an advanced multifunctional unit;
- Progress tracking console: Yes, 22 workout programs;
- Integrated stainless sensors in the handlebars for pulse reading;
- It offers 20 eddy magnetic resistance levels;
- The handlebar is angle-adjustable;
- The bike supplies a lot of comforts;
- It does not occupy much space;
- It’s tranquil;
- 3-speed cooling fan;
- Water bottle holder;
- The console has a charging USB port;
- It comes with standard earphone jacks;
- A pair of acoustic chamber speakers;
- Compatible with a phone, tablet, iPod, MP3 player, etc
- The crank arms are a bit narrow. Users with bigger feet may touch the frame when pedaling. However, to fix the problem, merely replace the bike’s pedals with wider ones that are readily available.
Schwinn 130 Summary
The Schwinn 130 is among the very few upright bike models that offer high-end quality, at a very affordable price. If you are looking for an upright bike, this is a model to consider. It’s an excellent combination of comfort, durability, and sturdiness, a bike that offers a wide range of progress tracking and training possibilities, for users of all levels.
Unlike other upright bikes, which focus only on muscle toning, and help with a healthy cardiovascular system. This model can also offer higher intensity training, helping you lose weight. It can help you burn up to 6-700 calories per session. All in all, it’s a fantastic stationary bike, an investment you won’t regret.
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