Budget Driven Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike

Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike with Man on it.

Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike – Schwinn updated their Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike model to MY16 230 in 2016. For the sake of this review, I will continue to refer to it as the 230. The newer version is very similar to the older model but there are some minor changes to the overall design and console. 

The Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike comes with automatic resistance control. It’s well-built and heavy-duty, looking close to what you would expect with any commercial-grade recumbent bike.

Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike Construction

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Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike

The core of the Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike is made of a steel tubing frame with a one-piece chassis. It’s engineered for strength and to last year after year. Additionally, the bike incorporates PVC parts like the covers of the drive system, the base for the cover along with the caps of the base tubes. 

Some of it is just for cosmetic reasons and to add some protection. Once the Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike is assembled it weighs a lot more than the average recumbent bike that you would use on the street or roads. Fully assembled, the Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike weighs just under 82 lbs (37 kg). That is a testament to the stability of the recumbent bike.

There are wheels that are built into the front of the base. When you need to move the recumbent bike, simply reach down and lift the handle at the rear of the base. This will allow you to lift the frame/recumbent bike fairly easily because you are only having to lift half its weight.

The frame has three rubberized stabilizers attached to it. It has two adjustable on the rear base tube, along with one stabilizer in the middle of the mainframe tube. There are two heat-injected PVC caps which the front base rests on.

The Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike is good sized. The dimensions are 64″ (162 cm) long by 27.7″W (70 cm) wide. Unfortunately, the frame is not designed to be able to fold up. So once you put the bike together, that’s the way it’s going to stay. Honestly, not too many recumbent bikes have the ability to fold up. Sure, if you are pressed for space then having certain parts of it fold up might be really convenient. 

Just before you get a recumbent bike or any other piece of exercise equipment make sure you get the measurements of the piece of equipment you are buying. What I do is tape the dimensions on the floor in the area I want to place it. Then I know exactly what to expect and there will be no surprises when it comes to getting it to fit into the room. 

Seat and Handlebars

Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike Seat and Handles.

The seat that comes with the Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike is developed for comfort. It has a contoured design, with a vented seat and backrest that’s roughly 17″ (43 cm) in width, and 11″ (28 cm) long. Both the seat and backrest are made from heavy-duty PVC materials. As I stated before, despite the fact that the seat does not have any cushioning, the seat is contoured for comfort.

If you are someone who prefers a firm seat? Then this seat will be a great match for you. Along with the vented backrest and seat for preventing excessive perspiration.

The seat is adjustable and it’s attached to an inline rail system. This is used for gliding back and forth so that you can secure it closer or farther depending on the length that works for you in relation to the pedals. The Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike can work for users from 4’6″ (137 cm) to 6’4″ (193 cm) quite comfortably. If you are taller than 6’4″, you can still use the machine but you may not be able to benefit from the complete leg extension.

This Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike has two sets of handlebars, with one set attached to the seat assembly, and the other one on the console mast. The recumbent handlebars, which are the ones on the seat, include the stainless steel pulse sensors for tracking your heart rate. 

The pulse sensors on the console mast are pretty close to the user. The reason for this is the mast’s inward curvature which provides excellent workout outcomes, without forcing you to adopt an awkward posture. Each set of handlebars has foam grips for comfort.

Resistance and Drive

Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike Resistance System.

The Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike comes with a motorized, magnetic resistance system. The bike’s resistance can only be changed from the console, and the machine must be connected to a power source. Like a 120V 60Hz AC Input, 9VDC, 1.5A output AC power adapter comes with the bike. The adapter requires a standard 110-120V U.S. electrical outlet. Just above its front base, is where the adapter jack plugs into the bike

The resistance apparatus is made of a magnetic brake pad and a small servo motor. 

When you select a resistance level from the console, it sends a command to the servo and then adjusts the magnetic pad’s position in relation to the metallic flywheel, by either adding or reducing the drag. The bike presents 20 levels of resistance, making it feasible for all skill levels.

The first resistance setting is for light workouts, such as older users, or people who are undergoing a recovery training regimen. The top 18-20 resistance levels will definitely make you break a sweat!

This machine’s drive system is very quiet and nearly silent. The machine is powered by a heavy-duty v-belt that is designed to last year after year. The flywheel features a balanced structure. Even though it’s not the heaviest, it does provide a steady consistent momentum. The steel-made crank arms are finished with weighted, nylon pedals. There are adjustable straps featured with 5 adjustment positions.

The Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike features a comfortable Q-Factor for offering natural positioning of your feet on the pedals. This, in turn, eliminates any lateral stress on your knees. You can peddle in reverse but when pedaling in reverse it provides no resistance on the pedals.

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