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.
The AD6 provides all the data you need to monitor your workout appropriately. From RPM and speed to distance, calories burned, pulse, and more, you can very accurately track your efforts to achieve your specific fitness goals.
Overlooking strength training can be easy. That’s why the AD6 AirDyne includes a durable ABS plastic fan. The harder you pedal, the more resistance it causes. Since it’s quiet and frictionless, it won’t bother the rest of the family.
The AD6 AirDyne’s warranty is pretty impressive, considering the low cost. On the frame, you get 15 years, and the parts feature a three years warranty. This shows a reasonable degree of confidence in the manufacturer’s confidence in the production of this product.
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Product: Schwinn Airdyne AD6 Exercise Bike
Warranty: Frame 15 years / Parts 3 years / Electronics 2 years / Labor 6 months
My rating: 8.25/10
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Since this Schwinn exercise bike can support users up to 300 lbs (136 kg), most of its frame components are steel. However, the machine does integrate several parts made of heavy-duty plastic material.
These are the lateral shrouds that cover the pulleys and the fan, which is thick ABS plastic. All steel parts have an anti-corrosive gray enamel, except for the seat post, which has a chrome finish.
The bike’s bases are equipped with rubberized, adjustable stabilizers, offering the possibility to achieve perfect stability even on uneven flooring. The front plate also features small rubber wheels, to facilitate the relocation of the assembled bike.
In case you’re wondering, the assembled 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), is suitable even for smaller rooms. Also, the tallest point of the machine is its handlebars, which reach approx — 51″ (129 cm).
Seat and Handlebars
The seat supplied with this fitness machine features a similar design to the other upright bike models. 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, which means 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, and they cannot be locked. For as long as you pedal, the arms will also move.
As the product’s name and the photos suggest, the bike features an air resistance system, somewhat 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 the only way to obtain higher resistance is to pedal faster.
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 here regards 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. Differently put, the faster you pedal, the louder the sound. 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. Therefore, the machine is suitable for apartment use.
Since the bike uses a fan for resistance, there will be a shift in the airflow of the room. But in case you’re wondering, the “breeze” generated by the fan is not (directed) at the user. You will only feel it if you pedal in reverse.
The bike’s drive system involves two pulleys and two belts, which transfer the rotation of the pedals to the fan. As we’ve mentioned above, the handlebars of the machine 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. This is, after all, 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, in case you want to replace them, make sure you choose the right ones.
Reverse pedaling is possible, but the crankset of the bike 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 arms of the machine and workout by moving only the handlebars.
The meter supplied with the Schwinn AD6 Airdyne is not an advanced one. However, it does offer quite a bit more than a basic meter unit. 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.
When it comes to tracking pulse, the bike itself doesn’t have any pulse sensors. 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 adding value to your time goals. The Start / Stop is for turning it on and off, for the Pause function, and resetting all the metrics.
The console is battery powered, requiring 2x AA-type batteries.
The only accessory supplied with the Airdyne AD6 is the bottle holder, which attaches to the small frame of the console.
However, there are several optional accessories, including 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, 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 required (are supplied).
The pulleys, the crankset, and the fan come already attached to the frame. All you have to add are 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. You’ll have to keep the machine clean, and periodically check its joints, bolts, and nuts, to re-tighten them if its the case. Moisture (or sweat) should be kept from the console.
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 meter: Time, speed, distance, RPM, calories, watts, pulse
- Included accessories: Bottle holder,
- Warranty: Frame 15 years / Parts 3 years / Electronics 2 years / Labor 6 months
- 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 meter tracking seven workout statistics, including RPM, speed, time, distance, pulse, watts, and calories;
- Easy to assemble;
- Excellent warranty and customer support from Schwinn.
- 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. It’s an air resistance bike, and due to this fact, it’s excellent for interval cardio training.
It’s a fitness machine great for cardio workouts, toning arms and legs muscles, building stamina, and of course, for losing weight. You can lose up to 5-600 calories per hour with this bike.
It features a solid construction, and high-quality internal components, aspects reflected by the consistent warranty offered with it. 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.
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