What Is A Recumbent Bike?
Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike – A Recumbent Bike is a stationary bike that is usually used indoors but can be used outside. The recumbent bike seat is in a reclined position. This position will take much of your body’s weight off your spine, hips, knees, and ankles. Thus, making this “Low Impact”.
This makes it possible to concentrate your workout on your legs in a more comfortable and safer way. The biggest plus for many of us is its ideal if you have any type of back problems. The recumbent reclined position makes exercise possible for those of us who have back, hip, knee and ankle issues.
When you compare the recumbent bike to other exercise equipment, it has one of the most ergonomic and low-impact architectures you will find. When using a recumbent bike, you avoid leaning-over which happens on a regular upright exercise bike or indoor cycle, which can often lead to back pain over time or add to current back problems.
Because of my back situation, I can not use the upright exercise bike or indoor cycle. I can’t even sit up straight in a regular chair without having to shift my weight in the matter of a minute or two. If you can relate you will know what I am talking about.
A treadmill puts hard-hitting action on your knees, hips, back and other parts of your body. That does not happen with a recumbent bike. A recumbent bike provides a familiar and straight-forward leg cycling motion with a natural back twisting motion.
How Do Recumbent Bikes Work?
The Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike works just like an upright stationary bike, however, when seated, you pedal with your legs in front of you, rather than down below. The resistance used is often magnetic and it is applied to a flywheel just like an indoor cycle.
The flywheel creates momentum that replicates the feel of cycling down a road. When you pedal faster or slower, you will work all of your lower body like your calves, thighs, glutes and lower back. You will even work your abdominal muscles from the twisting action. The amount of a workout will vary the resistance you set or if you use one of the preprogrammed workouts that are often included with some recumbent bikes.
A recumbent bike is different from other forms of exercise because you are not putting heavy stress on your hips, knees, ankles, back and so on. If you are like me and suffer from back pain? You know exercising or any physical movement can seem like it’s more trouble than it’s worth. But you know you have to stay mobile or it will just make things worse than doing nothing.
My Recumbent Bike Story
Speaking for myself, having chronic back pain would only get worse if I just sat on my butt all day. There are different forms of exercise you can do but when it comes to someone with back problems the exercise needs to be low impact.
I walked many miles over the years for my back and it worked well for a long time. I have lived in several locations so depending on where I was living my walking habits would change. In the winter months I would move to using a treadmill because I can not stand sweating when it’s only 20 degrees out. Then freezing because of the sweat.
Actually, walking on a treadmill is better for you anyways because the impact is less. As compared to walking on a road or track. Most treadmills will have good flexibility to them and that helps to absorb the impact. For this reason, I eventually would only walk on a treadmill. As time passed, even that was too much for my back. See, I did not want to just casually walk, I wanted a good cardio workout.
Regardless, if you have current back, knee or hip problems? You could develop problems with them later on in your life. Simple walking around in our everyday lives over time will do it. Why? 99.9% of the surfaces we all walk on are all rock hard solid.
Depending on your age, you might not feel the effects now, but over time that may be a different story. That’s even if you are an avid runner and run 5 miles every day. That constant pounding with every step will most likely eventually take its toll. Do not get me wrong, I am not saying running is bad for you. Running does have many great health benefits with cardio being one.
Everyone is different and certain things affect us all in different ways. But if you are like me and are at the point where I am at right now? The recumbent bike is very much a welcome sight.
Not everyone likes to exercise and I understand that. I happen to be one of those people who do. Regardless, if you have back problems or not, we all must continue to be mobile to stay in good health.
I love the recumbent bike because I am not putting all my weight on my spine. I am able to exercise without all that pressure and weight pushing down on my spine. When you sit down to use a recumbent bike you are in a reclining position. This not only reduces the impact on your spine but your hips, knees, and ankles.
Just because you are in a reclining position does not mean that you won’t get an awesome workout. You will be able to make the same cycling motions as you would if you were riding an actual bicycle. There are also options to make your ride as intense and challenging as you want. You can hold weights in my hands to work your upper body more.
The recumbent bike is great for toning your legs and butt. As I alluded to before, the cardio can be as intense as you want. You will get an excellent cardio workout every time.
There is undeniable evidence that consistent physical activity adds to the prevention of many chronic diseases and is also correlated with a reduced risk of premature death.
When it comes to helping your back, the movement your body will do from using a recumbent bike will help keep your back more limber. More importantly, you will be strengthening the muscles in your back. This can reduce your back pain and sometimes completely alleviate it altogether.
Depending on what fitness level you are at and your weight, you have the ability to burn many calories on a Schwinn 270 recumbent bike. It is really up to you how much of a workout you want. You will have total control over the resistance levels. Some recumbent bikes will come with pre-programmed workouts if you are looking for some guidance or an added challenge with your workout.
Keep in mind, the more you use the recumbent bike you will be toning muscle and increasing your overall metabolism. When you are done with your workout, you will continue to burn calories.
Exercise and Time
The days of thinking exercise is only effective if you do a minimum of 20 to 45 minutes in one continuous session, is not true. There are several studies that show that exercise accrued in multiple short workouts has the same effects as one continuous workout. This is in regards to aerobic fitness and weight loss.
As an example, if you were to use a recumbent bike for 5 minutes multiple times through a day? That will have the same benefits as one long session. There are times where I do just that and need to break up my workout spreading it throughout the day.
Not only will using a recumbent bike help you to burn calories, lose weight, tone and strengthen your muscles, but there are also many other health benefits. It will make your heart stronger so it will not have to work as hard to pump blood. In addition, it helps to reduce bad cholesterol levels, lowers high cholesterol, diabetes, depression, anxiety, bone density and more.
Having a recumbent bike in your home is a big money saver. No more gym memberships to pay for, time spent driving to and from, and gas money. I know having my recumbent in my home is not just a money saver but it saves a lot of time. Being able to use it at a moment’s notice is a big deal to me.
The name Schwinn has been around since 1895. There are not too many companies that can say they have been around that long. A company that can last all those years must be doing something right.
I remember years ago when I was a kid and having a Schwinn BMX bike when they were the big craze back in the day. I was never any good at all the tricks the kids would and still do today. The bunny hop was the extent of my skills and even that was not greatest. I had many bumps and bruises in BMX days.
Schwinn sure has evolved through years from BMX bikes to mountain bikes and more. They have consistently delivered top-quality behind every bike and their recumbent bikes are no different.
Schwinn Recumbent Bikes
Schwinn has made and perfected multiple recumbent bikes through the years. Currently, the top three models are the Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike, Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike, and the Schwinn A20 Recumbent Bike. Between the three the top two are the Schwinn 230 and the Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike.
When you put the Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike and the Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike side by side, it can be hard to tell the difference between the two. But there are definitely differences between the two and for one is the price with 270 being the most expensive. So, why should you pay more for the Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike as compared to the Schwinn 230 model?
The Schwinn 230 is the older model of the two and does not have some of the features that the Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike does. However, it is still a cutting edge recumbent bike and if you are looking to spend a little less money, it’s a great choice.
Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike
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The Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike has 22 preprogrammed workouts and 20 resistance levels. Even though 22 preprogrammed workouts sound like a good amount, that is still less than what the Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike offers. However, the Schwinn 230 still provides plenty of challenging programs that will burn those calories, along with toning and strengthening your muscles.
Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike
The premiere model of recumbent bikes from Schwinn is the Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike. It has more workouts, profiles and resistance levels than the 230 and A20 models. .
The 270 comes with a surprising 29 different workouts. I can guarantee that anyone who uses it will find a workout that will fit their needs. Regardless of their age or your fitness level.
It is set up to be able to have 4 different user profiles. This is ideal, especially if your entire family will be using it. Chances are everyone will have different fitness levels and will want different types of workouts. Once you set up the control console and your user profile, after that it’s just a matter pushing a button to begin your custom workout.
I have provided a video below that shows you step by step on how to set up the control console, user profile, and other features. I am surprised that Schwinn does not provide a video. They only have the Assembly and Owners Manual that you can download below. But Rudy in the video does a great job and you will find it to be very helpful as well.
How to use the Schwinn 270 Computer Console
What are the Differences Between the Schwinn 270 and 230
Here is a quick rundown of the differences between the 270 and 230. The Schwinn 230 uses a vented, contoured seat bottom, while the Schwinn 270 adds an extra layer of comfort with its thick padded contoured seat bottom. This is a big plus! At least it is for me but I do not have a lot of padding on my bum. Some of the seats on these recumbent bikes that are out on the market today are hard as a rock!
I used to own the 230 and the seat is very hard. When you see the word “ergonomic” used to describe anything you can sit on – beware! Some people like it but it just made my butt hurt. I needed to add some cushioning to make it comfortable.
There are also differences with the resistance as well. The Schwinn 270 has 25 levels of resistance where the Schwinn 230 has 20 levels. The Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike gives you the option to take your workout up a few notches to a more advanced difficulty level.
Again, the Schwinn 270 leads the way with 29 workout programs as opposed to 22 with the Schwinn 230. Additionally, the Schwinn 270 also includes tests for fitness and recovery.
The Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike has a higher number of user profiles that can be created. The difference might only be going from 2 user profiles with the Schwinn 230 to 4 user profiles with the Schwinn 270. Having 2 extra profiles might not seem like that much. But if your family plans on using the bike also it does make a difference.
It’s definitely better to be able to store 4 instead of 2, especially if several members of your family want to use this recumbent bike.
The Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike has redesigned the pedal cranks. They are now 3-piece pedal cranks and oversized pedals versus the 1-piece pedals along with the standard pedals of the 230 model.
The Schwinn A20 Recumbent Bike is the most basic, lightweight and cheapest model of the three.
If you have a tight budget and just want something to get you started without all the bells and whistles the A20 model might be the best fit for you. The Schwinn A20 delivers the best bang for your buck as far as low budget recumbent bikes are concerned. It surprisingly offers 7 pre-set workouts and 8 resistance levels. Those features are a rarity for a recumbent bike at that price.
Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike
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Comfort is one of the main factors if not the top factor when you are looking to purchase a recumbent bike. As I said above, I used to own the Schwinn 230. I bought it not even thinking about the seat but then again it was my first recumbent bike.
Many people specifically purchase a recumbent bike because they suffer from back pain. That is the reason why I got a recumbent bike and still use one to this day. Yes, you want to stay in shape but at the same time, you want to protect your back from any kind of impact and strain. I have sat in the Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike and it is definitely made for someone with back problems.
The #1 feature I noticed right away was the nice thick and padded seat. Along with the enhanced lower back support.
You can adjust the seat to set the posture that works for you. This is a great feature to have especially if multiple people are using the same bike. It has a vented back for airflow while you are pedaling. This is another great feature, especially for me, because my back tends to get really hot and sweaty. It comes with a built-in fan that keeps you cool while you are exercising. The fan is only a 3-speed fan but it does give you that little extra relief.
Features and Specifications
The Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike is one of the top recumbent bikes. It’s fully loaded with 29 programs accompanied with tests, heart rate controls and customized user profiles. You have an array of 25 resistance levels that will take you from a lighter workout to the heavier one or somewhere in between, all with a simple touch of a button.
The display has 13 statistical parameters that are split into two columns: One column contains the results of your current workout and the other one will have the progress of your workout goal. The results will include the RPM, overall distance, intensity, calories, pulse and much more. It’s a great motivator to see your progression as you work your way to your goal.
The LCD doesn’t use batteries as some recumbent bikes do. But it does plug into the wall so you won’t have to deal with issues like having the display dim and become unreadable because the batteries are dying.
It comes with a water bottle holder which is convenient. I know I always have a bottle of water with me when I am working out. You would not think a simple bottle holder would be that big of a deal but it kind of is for me.
Why? Because when I am in the middle of working out it’s nice not having to stop, disrupt my workout by stepping off the bike when I need a drink. When I workout I get into a groove after a while. Having to come to a complete halt in the middle of it really messes up the workout for me.
If you need to relocate the recumbent bike, there are built-in transport wheels. This makes moving it a breeze. It has a grip heart rate monitor that allows you to check out your pulse in seconds. All you need to do is just hold the grip with your hand.
The Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike is one of the top recumbent bikes out on the market. It is a solid recumbent bike that is very durable and well built. You may be contemplating between the Schwinn 270 and the Schwinn 230? The Schwinn 270 Recumbent will give you the best value for your money. Yes, the Schwinn 270 is more money than Schwinn 230 but you are definitely getting your money’s worth.
The following additional features are what makes the Schwinn 270 the best value?
- Additional programs for providing variety to add to your workouts.
- It offers more resistance levels for better strength training.
- 2 Blue Backlit LCD Displays
- Contact & Telemetry Enabled
- Performance Tracking
- Mixed-Reality Training
- Bluetooth Connectivity
- Nice Thick Padded Seated
- Posture Adjustment Feature
Warranty & Guarantee
The Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike warranty includes the following:
- Frame: 10 years
- Mechanical: 2 years
- Electronics: 1 year
- Labor: 90 days
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Hi, I’m Drew. If you are suffering from back pain be it chronic or intermittent. I would love to hear your story?