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I like my new bike!

Saturday, June 30, 2007 by  
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My new  Schwinn 231

My new Schwinn 231

My new recumbent bike (Schwinn model 231) arrived yesterday evening! It was easy to assemble because the instructions are obviously written by someone who actually speaks English, all the parts and hardware are clearly labeled and the diagrams are very clear. The assembly process is divided into 14 easily digested steps. It took me about 1.5 hours to go from box to first ride.

The Schwinn 231 is (I believe) Schwinn’s top of the line magnetic recumbent bike, but at just over $500.00 it’s a far cry from some of the very high-end cardio equipment on the market these days. Still, even after one quick ride I can already tell that this new bike is a huge improvement over my last recumbent bike. This bike seems to hit the price/performance sweet spot.

One of the things I think I’m going to like best about the Schwinn is the resistance settings. With my old bike I had to turn a mechanical knob to increase resistance, and even at the highest setting it felt too easy. With the Schwinn all the resistance settings are performed using the computer touch pad, and those settings range from extremely easy to very, very difficult. I’m looking forward to trying some HIIT workouts by varying the computer-controlled resistance.

Schwinn 231   Console

Schwinn 231 Console

The seat is very comfortable and fully adjustable. The movement is smooth as silk, and totally silent. The computer seems pretty cool and the overall build quality feels very solid. A couple of nice little perks include a built-in fan, a magazine holder and a water bottle holder.

These are just my first impressions. I’ve not had a chance to play around with it too much yet. I know it has a built-in heart rate monitor, but I probably won’t use it because I like my Polar. There are some pre-programmed workouts, and I’m pretty sure you can create and store your own. That’s going to be a lot of fun to mess with.

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