When looking for a recumbent bike, many people are not quite sure what they need to look for. It can be a huge challenge to find a recumbent bike as there are numerous factors you need to consider aside from your budget. Every recumbent bike ad will surely boast its features, but you need to know which one suits you best.
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Top Recumbent Exercise Bikes
The two recumbent bikes reviewed in this article are the:
Here is the review of the two recumbent bikes:
When the two recumbent bikes were compared, it has been found that both recumbent bikes have different features when it comes to providing comfort to the user. Nonetheless, both models feature an ergonomic design that any user will likely find very impressive. The Exerpeutic 900XL comes with a basic set of technological features compared to more expensive models. Still, it provides excellent comfort and low-impact workout to its user by integrating a padded seat base and back. Despite being a budget-friendly model, this bike comes with a handgrip heart rate sensor to keep track of the user’s heart rate in real-time.
On the other hand, the Schwinn 230 sports a vented seat bottom and back for maximum breathability. It also comes with a contoured leg area for added comfort. The bike’s seat back also comes with a lumbar support that can provide the user with a more comfortable and enjoyable workout experience. Just like the Exerpeutic 900XL, the Schwinn 230 also features an ergonomic grip for heart rate that enables the user to keep track of his or her heartbeat and overall performance.
Ease of Use
The two recumbent bikes reviewed are all user-friendly even for first-time users. Although the Exerpeutic 900XL belong to the lower spectrum, its large LCD monitor is a good enough reason to fall in love with this product. The LCD monitor conveniently displays the users progress in terms of distance covered, heart rate, speed, the time consumed and the total amount of calories burned throughout the routine. These metrics are essential if you are trying to build up your endurance and strength or just trying to lose some weight.
Being the more expensive model compared to the Exerpeutic model, the Schwinn 230 also comes with the same LCD monitor features only with a better-looking control panel. It also comes with more programs and user settings for the user to choose from.
In terms of resistance level, both models vary greatly from the other. As an entry level recumbent bike, the Exerpeutic 900XL only comes with eight different levels of magnetic resistance. Despite the limited resistance options, the bike is good enough to provide the user with the right amount of challenge for beginners and professionals alike. The user can start on a low difficulty setting and gradually increase as his or her endurance increases.
The Schwinn 230 has an advantage to the Exerpeutic model as it more like on a mid-range recumbent bike. It provides a more efficient workout to the user as the bike can be conveniently switched to different resistance levels and pre-programmed workout settings. The Schwinn 230 comes with 20 different levels of resistance, a huge different to the Exerpeutic’s eight. It also features a quick star button on the bike’s monitor that enables the user to personalize his or her desired distance and speed.
Assembly and Parts
The majority of fitness equipment nowadays require significant assembly work upon delivery. The same can also be said to the Schwinn 230. However, it is worth noting that Schwinn made an excellent effort in minimizing the amount of assembly work the user needs to go through by doing most of the assembly work at the factory. This is advantageous for potential buyers who don’ want to deal with the complex assembly work for half a day just to piece the equipment together. If instructions are followed correctly, the user would be able to assemble the machine in an hour or less.
On the other hand, the Exerpeutic 900XL is more convenient compared to the other model as most of its parts are pre-assemble. However, there are some parts of the recumbent bike that need to piece together to get the equipment running. Although the bike comes with a detailed manual, it may take some time for a casual user to fully digest the information. Nonetheless, the actually assembling is easy to do and may be done by one person in an hour or less.
Other Sets of Features
Most recumbent bikes nowadays come with numerous peripherals that provide different benefits to the user. The Exerpeutic 900XL comes with convenient foot straps which can help the user safely pedal without worrying about the feet slipping out. It also comes with leg stabilizes that hinder the equipment from tipping over regardless of the workout’s intensity. Moreover, moving and transporting the recumbent bike from one place to the other is also easy as it comes with transportations wheels for easy and fast mobility.
On the other hand, the Schwinn 230 comes with more features compared to the other. It comes with a built-in 3-speed fan to ensure that the user feels cool throughout the workout routine. It also features a USB port that can charge the user’s gadgets such as smartphones and music players. The user can also use the same USB port to access the manufacturer’s online service known as Schwinn Connect and synchronize all workout data easily to MyFitnessPal. It is a feature that can only be seen in a Schwinn equipment.
Based on the review, it is clear that each product has its own sets of features that can entice different people. The Exerpeutic 900XL is highly recommended to beginners who want to start out with an entry-level recumbent bike that does not cost that much. The recumbent bike features and affordable price are already good reasons to purchase the product. On the other hand, the Schwinn 230 may be more expensive but it comes with more features intended for people who already have experience in using recumbent bikes, but new users will have no issue whatsoever with it due to its user-friendly nature.