Schwinn Airdyne AD6 Exercise Bike | Achieve Your Specific Fitness Goals

For an intense, full-body cardio workout that builds strength and blasts calories, it’s hard to beat the Schwinn Airdyne AD6. Its signature wind-resistance technology controls your workout intensity, so the more you put in, the more you get out. Likewise, the harder you pedal, the more resistance it causes.

The AirDyne AD6 warranty is pretty impressive, considering the low cost. On the frame, you get 15 years,  and the parts feature a three-year warranty, which shows a reasonable degree of confidence in the manufacturer’s confidence in the production of this product.

The AD6 provides all the data you need to monitor your workout appropriately. You can accurately track your effort to achieve your specific fitness goals from RPM and speed to distance, calories burned, pulse, etc.

The Schwinn Airdyne AD6 Exercise Bike allows users to train in their target heart zone. Using the readouts on the monitor, you can keep tabs on your efforts to ensure you remain in the right cardio or fat-burning zone.

Learn more in my complete review below!

Schwinn Airdyne AD6 Exercise Bike
Schwinn Airdyne AD6 Exercise Bike

Product: Schwinn Airdyne AD6 Exercise Bike

Price: For a great deal on this bike, merely go here to Schwinn.com

Warranty: Frame 15 years / Parts 3 years / Electronics 2 years / Labor 6 months

My rating: 8.25/10

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Details and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 49.7L x 25.7W x 50.9H inches (126L x 65W x 129H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 112 lbs (50.8 kg)
  • Supported weight: 300 lbs (136 kg)
  • Handlebars: Mobile
  • Seat: 2-way adjustable
  • Pedals: Weighted, with straps
  • Resistance: Air
  • Fitness console: Time, speed, distance, RPM, calories, watts, pulse
  • Included accessories: Bottle holder,
  • Warranty: Frame 15 years / Parts 3 years / Electronics 2 years / Labor 6 months

AD6 Frame

Since this Schwinn exercise bike can support users up to 300 lbs (136 kg), most frame components are steel. However, the machine does integrate several parts of heavy-duty plastic material. These are the lateral shrouds covering the pulleys and the fan, which are thick ABS plastic. In addition, all steel parts have an anti-corrosive gray enamel, except for the seat post, which has a chrome finish.

The bike’s bases come equipped with rubberized, adjustable stabilizers, allowing perfect stability even on uneven flooring. The front plate also features small rubber wheels to facilitate the relocation of the assembled bike. Unfortunately, the built machine is rather heavy, weighing approximately 112 lbs (50.8 kg). But by tilting it forward on its wheels for transport, you’ll deal with less than half its total weight.

Overall, this Schwinn Airdyne model is not extremely large. It’s approx. 50″ long (126 cm) and 26″ wide (65 cm) are suitable even for smaller rooms. The machine’s tallest point is its handlebars, which reach approx — 51″ (129 cm).

Seat and Handlebars

Schwinn Airdyne AD6 Exercise Bike

The seat supplied with this fitness machine features a similar design to the other upright bike models. However, it’s a pretty wide and padded seat, offering much more comfort than most seats of indoor cycling bikes.

It’s also contoured to adapt better to your body and workout. Also, the connection system to its post is pretty standard, so you should easily find a replacement if you want a different model.

The seat features only 2-way adjustability (up / down). Its post has ten adjustment positions; the distance between the locking holes is approx — 2″ (5 cm), with a total adjustment span of 18″ (45 cm). Thus, the Schwinn Airdyne AD6 can accommodate users between 5′ and 6’5″ (152 – 196 cm) with no problem.

When it comes to the bike’s handlebars, they feature a simple design, with pure grips coated with rubber foam for maximum comfort. The handlebars are mobile and move back and forth as you pedal. They connect to the pedal’s inner bars, which cannot be locked. For as long as you pedal, the arms will also move.

AD6 Resistance

As the product’s name and photos suggest, the bike features an air resistance system similar to the air rowers. The main resistance generating element is the big ABS fan-flywheel situated at the front of the bike. Resistance proportionally increases with your pedaling speed.

In other words, the faster you pedal, the higher the resistance. However, the fan casing does not have a damper to adjust the airflow for the fan. Therefore, you can’t add or reduce its base resistance, so pedaling faster is the only way to obtain higher resistance.

As a general idea, the resistance supplied by this exercise bike promotes light to medium workouts. And since resistance is created by pedaling speed, it’s an excellent bike for interval workouts.

One of the most important aspects that we must cover is the noise level. Since it’s an air resistance model, it’s not precisely silent like a magnetic exercise bike. The noise produced by the fan is similar to the noise created by a massive electrical fan. Thus, the faster you pedal, the louder the sound. When pedaling fast, you will have to turn up your TV or sound system slightly. But as a general idea, the noise isn’t loud enough to bother the neighbors or the people in adjacent rooms. Therefore, the machine is suitable for apartment use.

Schwinn Airdyne AD6 Exercise Bike
Schwinn Airdyne AD6 Exercise Bike

Since the bike uses a fan for resistance, there will be a shift in the room’s airflow. But if you’re wondering, the “breeze” generated by the fan is not (directed) at the user. Instead, you will only feel it if you pedal in reverse.

Drive System

The bike’s drive system involves two pulleys and two belts, which transfer the fan’s pedals’ rotation. As I’ve mentioned earlier, the machine’s handlebars are connected to the pedals and will move back and forth as you pedal.

The crank arms are similar to the ones of road bikes, made of solid steel. But even though they are highly durable, it’s not recommended to stand up on the pedals. After all, this is an upright bike, not made for stand-up workout routines like spin bikes.

The pedals supplied with the Schwinn AD6 are simple, weighted pedals with adjustable straps made of heavy-duty nylon material. A critical aspect regarding them is that they feature 1/2 threads, not the 9/16 standard. Therefore, if you want to replace them, make sure you choose the right ones.

Reverse pedaling is possible, but the bike’s crankset is “fixed.” In other words, you cannot “coast” on it, as the pedals and arms will continue to move as the fan moves. However, if you need to stop your pedaling motion, you can rest your feet on the pegs under the machine’s arms and work out by moving only the handlebars.

AD6 Console

The console supplied with the Schwinn AD6 Airdyne is not an advanced one. However, it does offer quite a bit more than a fitness console. First of all, it displays seven workout metrics: RPM, time, speed, distance, watts, calories, and pulse, metrics which can all be viewed simultaneously on the screen.

The distance can be displayed in miles or km, while speed is in km/h or MPH. It also has a goal-setting function for a time. In other words, you can set up a target time for your workout. There is also an Odometer function, which shows the sum of all workout distances.

Schwinn Airdyne AD6 Exercise Bike
Schwinn Airdyne AD6 Exercise Bike

The bike itself doesn’t have any pulse sensors when it comes to tracking pulse.  However, the console is telemetry enabled and can read pulse through an HR chest strap transmitter, which operates between 4.5 – 5.5 kHz.

The console is relatively easy to operate. The console features three buttons: Up, Down, and Start/Stop. The Up / Down keys are used for navigation or for adding value to your time goals. The Start / Stop is for turning it on and off, the Pause function, and resetting all the metrics.

The console is battery-powered, requiring 2x AA-type batteries.

Accessories

The only accessory supplied with the Airdyne AD6 is the bottle holder, which attaches to the console’s small frame.

However, several optional accessories include an AirDyne Reading Rack, AirDyne Wind Screen, and a remote heart rate chest strap.

AD6 Assembly and Maintenance

The Schwinn AirDyne AD6 requires some assembly, a task that is far from being painful, though. It shouldn’t take more than 30-45 min, and you shouldn’t need to hire someone to do it for you. The box includes an assembly manual that will guide you through the whole operation. All tools are required (are supplied).

The pulleys, the crankset, and the fan are already attached to the frame. Next, you have to add the bases, the seat, handlebars, pedals, console frame, and console.

For maintenance, you don’t have to worry about the internal parts. They come pre-lubricated and shouldn’t require any additional lubrication for a long time. However, you’ll have to keep the machine clean and periodically check its joints, bolts, and nuts to re-tighten them. Finally, keep the console from getting wet.

Schwinn Airdyne AD6 Exercise Bike

Pros

  • Sturdy and stable frame, able to support users up to 300 lbs (136 kg);
  • Professional-looking design, an aspect that can serve as a good motivation factor;
  • Adjustable levelers on both bases and transport wheel on the front base;
  • Mobile handlebars for arms workouts;
  • Ergonomic, contoured seat;
  • Air resistance system, great for interval workouts;
  • Fitness console tracking seven workout statistics, including RPM, speed, time, distance, pulse, watts, and calories;
  • Maintenance-Free;
  • Easy to assemble;
  • Excellent warranty;
  • Excellent customer support from Schwinn.

Cons

  • Not a very quiet machine, but not extremely loud either, as it’s suitable for apartment use.

Schwinn Airdyne AD6 Exercise Bike Summary

The Schwinn Airdyne AD6 is an upright exercise bike designed for light to medium cardio workouts. In addition, it’s an air resistance bike, and due to this fact, it’s excellent for interval cardio training.

It features solid construction and high-quality internal components, aspects reflected by the consistent warranty. As a result, it’s not exactly one of the most affordable fitness bikes. However, considering that it’s a model made to last, it’s an excellent investment for anyone who wants to stay fit.

Moreover, it’s a fitness machine great for cardio workouts, toning arms and legs muscles, building stamina, and losing weight. This bike can lose up to 5-600 calories per hour.

I hope you found this article helpful and informative. Would you please speak up if you have anything you’d like to share on the topic or any opinions about my website? I look forward to your comments, questions, and the sharing of ideas.

Please note: Before starting any exercise program, you should consult your physician to determine if you have any medical or physical conditions that could put your health and safety at risk or prevent you from using the equipment properly. In addition, your physician’s advice is essential if you are taking medication that affects your heart rate, blood pressure, or cholesterol level.

10 thoughts on “Schwinn Airdyne AD6 Exercise Bike | Achieve Your Specific Fitness Goals”

  1. Wow, helpful review. Your review was without bias and as detailed as possible. I learned a lot about the Schwinn Airydne AD6 and air bikes in general. I liked the fact that you added purchase links making it easy to find the cost, and I’ll suggest that you add video clips to your reviews subsequently. Thanks and kudos for an excellent job. 

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  2. I have seen first hand how important it is to keep our minds and bodies in good health. The Schwinn Airydne AD6 is the perfect choice for any home gym. I like performing HIIT workouts. The workouts are great for improving my cardiovascular health. Thanks for sharing this thorough and helpful review, and I hope to see more reviews in the future.

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  3. Thanks so much for giving a great review on the Schwinn Airydne AD6

    I’m currently looking for a new exercise bike as the one I have at home is getting old and I want a new model that helps me to keep track of my exercise and my heart rate as I work on it.

    I like this model as it looks compact and the seat looks comfy, the handles are short, and I think working on it might be more comfortable than the one I have.

    This model also has the right size to have it in a bedroom. I am just wondering if it might make more noise as the one I have makes no noise at all, and I use to do my exercise watching tv or listening to music. 

    Thanks for sharing a great review

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    • Since it’s an air resistance model, it’s not silent like a magnetic exercise bike. The noise produced by the fan is similar to the noise created by a massive electrical fan.

      When pedaling fast, you will have to turn up your TV or sound system a bit. But as a general idea, the noise isn’t loud enough to bother the neighbors or the people in adjacent rooms. I hope this helps.

      All the best!

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  4. I take great delight and pride in keeping fit. I am into aerobics and dancing. I also wear a Fitbit watch to keep track of my healthy lifestyle. I would like to add this exercise bike to my fitness tools. The fifteen-year warranty makes it very inviting. The sound coming from it won’t bother me because I will have my headphones on listening to music. Thanks for this post! 

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  5. Hello there, thanks for this excellent review, as it would be of help to us all. The Schwinn AD6 AirDyne exercise bike is a budget-friendly upright bike perfect for any home gym. With the AD6, you can opt for Heart rate monitoring through the use of an easy-to-wear chest strap. This helps ensure you get the most out of each workout and more efficiently meet your fitness goals.

    David

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  6. I came across your review of the Schwinn Airdyne AD6 Exercise Bike today. It looks like it would be good to do Tabita workouts. They are great for building up my endurance and getting an excellent cardio workout. The warranty is pretty impressive, considering the low cost. On the frame, you get 15 years, and the parts feature a three years warranty. We will buy it soon. Thanks for your thorough review. 

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    • You’re welcome, and thanks for your interest in the Schwinn Airdyne AD6. Please come back and give us an update after you’ve had the bike for a while.

      All the best!

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    • Hi Herman, the Duracell 389/390 1.5 volts Electronic Battery 1 pk is the equal battery. You’ll find it on Amazon or most hardware stores such as Ace Hardware. I hope this is helpful,

      Kind regards, Robert

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