Schwinn A20 Recumbent Bike to Get Your Cardio

Schwinn A20 Recumbent Bike

Features of the Schwinn A20 Recumbent Bike

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Schwinn A20 Recumbent Exercise Bike with girl on it.

Schwinn A20 Recumbent Bike -This is the base model for Schwinn’s recumbent bike. It just happens to be the lightest weighing one as well coming in at 67.6 lbs compared to 96 pounds for the 230 model.  The frame architecture and design makes the Schwinn A20 Recumbent Bike very user friendly. The design has the seat reclined back, which takes the impact off your back, hips, knees, and ankles. 

You will see that the bike’s seat is adjustable and is mounted on a long bar with a rail. This makes it easy to adjust the seat going sideways. Additionally, it enables you to be able to adjust the seat and make it as close or as far away from the pedals as you want.

Durability and stability are what come to mind when I picture the frame and its steel construction. Corrosion-resistant coating blankets the frame making it very durable while shielding the frame from rust. This makes it a good fit no matter what climate it’s in.

The Schwinn A20 Recumbent Bike has placed the bars on both sides of the seat. This will help you get a good grip and keep your body stable. However, this prevents the A20 from having a “step-thru “or “walk-through” design that you see in Schwinn’s other recumbent bike models like the 230 and 270. This could make it a little difficult for some people to get on and off the bike because the handlebar grips will be in the way. 

This model is quite long. The Schwinn A20 Recumbent Bike manual states that the width is 19 inches but that is only accounting for the frame. The handlebars are the widest point of the bike which is 25 inches apart. When storing this bike it’s a good idea to leave at least a foot of clearance space in all directions. 

The handlebars are located around the seat. If you want to lean forward and support yourself, unfortunately, there are no handlebars at the front. This recumbent bike is mainly designed to be used in the recline position. 

The sturdy design of the frame for the Schwinn A20 Recumbent Bike provides a user weight capacity of 275 lbs which is more than some high-end recumbent bikes. Considering the low price of the A20, having a weight capacity like this tells me that this recumbent bike is well-built.

One feature, not every recumbent bike comes with are stabilizers. They are used to balance out the unevenness of the ground to achieve stability during exercising. 

Seat and Features

Schwinn A20 Recumbent Bike seat features.

The Schwinn A20 Recumbent Bike has an adjustable seat with 12 different height settings. The seat can be adjusted by turning a knob at the bottom of the seat. To start, the knob needs to be pulled out to release the lock and then you can turn it to the setting you want. 

Once you have the setting you want, tighten the knob to lock it into position. Making an adjustment is very easy and should only take a few seconds. To make the height adjustment you will need to get off the bike. 

When you turn the knob it will move the seat up or down along the notches of the adjustment rail. The notches are approximately an inch apart. These adjustability features make it possible for a wide range of people to be able to use the bike. People as short as 4’’10 or as tall as 6’’2 can use this recumbent bike with no issues. If you happen to be taller than 6”2, you can still use this A20.

However, your legs won’t fully extend and it may not be as comfortable. The Schwinn A20 Recumbent Bike still offers a better range of heights compared to similar models out on the market.

The seat is approximately 16 inches wide (40cm) and the backrest is 17 inches high. The seat is created to minimize discomfort. It has extra padding and contoured design to add comfort. The backrest is not adjustable and that could be an issue for some people. But most of the time it will not be a problem. Where you really need to be able to make adjustments is with the seat. That’s where the 12 different height settings play a big part.

The Console Features

Schwinn A20 Recumbent Bike Console.

The console on the Schwinn A20 Recumbent Bike is located in front. The console dimensions are 5 in x 3 in. There is a wide Hi-Tech LCD display that contains information about your workout like your pulse rate, calories burned, selected resistance option, time, distance, course profile, and RPM. 

There are both imperial and metric options for distance and speed. The console is very user friendly with easy navigation for anyone to follow. Unfortunately, there is no Bluetooth or any internet connectivity to use your exercise data for online applications. The Schwinn A20 Recumbent Bike does not have many of the features that other recumbent bikes have. But if you are looking for a durable decent recumbent bike? The A20 will have you on your way to a great work out.

Preset Workout Programs

The console has 6 different pre-set workout programs. They include automated duration and resistance level changes.

Here are the programs:

  • Uphill Finish – The resistance level will increase gradually over time.
  • Cross Training – This will vary the resistance levels at different intervals.
  • Mountains – This program works similarly to the pyramids which are the next one down on this list.  It begins with low resistance levels before reaching a limit and then cutting back to the original level.
  • Pyramids – The resistance starts off low and then reaches a pinnacle midway through the workout program, and the resistance cuts back again to the original level. When viewing a visual of this workout program it looks similar to a pyramid, and that’s where the name comes from.
  • Ride in the Park – This program is a more low-intensity workout with varying resistance levels.
  • Rolling Hills – A medium-intensity workout that has many spikes in the resistance levels. 
  • Magnetic Resistance is produced by magnets near the flywheel. As the magnets are drawn closer to the flywheel, the resistance is increased. You will find that the resistance changes are much smoother with magnetic resistance.
  • The console does not have the usual ON or OFF button and it shuts off automatically after 5 minutes of inactivity.

We now know the Schwinn A20 Recumbent Bike has pre-set workout programs but there is also a Quick Start option where you can conveniently set your own resistance levels at any point in your workout.

Simply press the Quick Start button and you are off! Start pedaling! You can change the resistance levels while you ride. It has eight different levels of magnetic resistance to choose from. You can use the QuickStart and tailor your workout to fit your needs and choose the intensity that works you. You can do low-intensity cardio, steady-state, or even high-intensity interval training.


The console and resistance functions are powered by 4D batteries, but you can also use an AC adaptor which you will need to purchase separately.

Contact Heart Rate Sensors

Schwinn A20 Recumbent Bike

You can check your heart rate by holding on to the grips on the handlebars of the seat. Those grips have the Contact Heart Rate sensors, which are in the stainless-steel parts of the grip. To display your heart rate, you need to hold the grip firmly. Both of your hands need to be on the sensors. If for some reason you can’t read the heart rate, make sure the sensor grips are clean and wipe off any sweat from your hands.

The best way to check your heart rate is by pausing your workout or by lowering the intensity. There are times where Intense workouts that happen to require heavy muscle contractions can generate small electrical signals. These electrical signals are everywhere throughout your entire body and can interfere with the heart rate sensors. 

The sensors begin to work after detecting four consecutive pulses. It will show the initial heart rate in beats per minute and will be displayed on the LCD monitor. Then keep both of your hands on the grips for another 15 seconds or more to have the machine confirm your initial heart rate.

Extra Accessory Features

The Schwinn A20 has features for storing your accessories to make your workout as fun and convenient as possible. This model includes a water bottle holder at the front.

The Schwinn A20 Recumbent Bike also has a media tray to store a phone and accessories. The sound system comes with two speakers that are connected to the console. The console has an additional audio jack in the middle where you can plug in an MP3 player, headphones, and a phone. You will need to get your own cable but note that it does not serve as a charging station for all of your electronics.  Although, I know it can recharge a phone or tablet.

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  • If you are just starting out when it comes to working out, this low budget could be just what you need. It’s lightweight and the features you need when getting started. 
  • For a recumbent bike that is so affordable, it’s very surprising how high the user weight capacity of 275 lbs and elaborate features such as integrated heart rate sensors and several pre-set workout programs.
  • The LCD display is quite large with very simple controls. It is really easy to use, even for people who aren’t good with technology.
  • The overall design is to minimize discomfort.  It has a sleek with a slanted backrest. Both the seat and backrest are padded. The handlebar also has a very ergonomic grip.
  • It has 12 seat adjustment settings, to help people of a range of heights. Compared to other bikes, it caters to a wider range of heights- from 4’1 to 6’2.
  • The front section of the bike has small transport wheels making it easy to relocate and store.
  • Users have praised the bike for running quietly and smoothly
  • Accessory features like the water bottle holder and a sound system will make working out convenient and fun.


  • The console is quite simple and does not offer any no Bluetooth connectivity. Other bikes on the market can connect to online apps to transfer your exercise performance results.
  • The backrest isn’t adjustable which may make it more difficult for people with back problems.
  • There is no walk-through design as the seat’s handlebars get in the way, increasing the risk of injury.
  • There are no handlebars at the front to support you if you want to exercise while leaning forward.
  • The batteries and power adaptors need to be bought separately.

Overall, the A20 recumbent bike model from Schwinn is a great bike for those who are new to working out or need an exercise bike that’s not bulky. The A20 brings a lot of value for the money because of the pre-set workout programs which are not common for such an affordable bike.

Technical Specifications

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  • Product Dimensions: Height- 40.5in (1.03m), Length- 61in (1.55m), Width -19in (0.47m)
  • Full Weight Capacity: 275lbs (125 kg).
  • Power Requirements: 4D batteries- LR20 (buy separately), Operational Voltage: 6VDC.
  • Regulatory Approvals: UL Listed, CSA Certified, Rated 120V 60Hz input, 500mA, 9VDC Output.
  • Bike Weight: 67.5lbs (30.6kg).
  • Warranty: Frame- 3 Years, Electronics- 1 year, Mechanical Parts- 1 year, Wear Items- 60 days, Labor- 60 days (this excludes preventative maintenance services or installation of replacement parts of the original bike assembly).
  • Workout Programs: 6 Pre-set workout programs.
  • Resistance Levels: 8. 
  • Contact Heart Rate sensors on the bike’s handlebar grips.
  • Other key features: Simple-to-read LCD console displays information regarding heart rate, speed, time, RPM, distance, course profile, and calories.
  • Ergonomics: Adjustable Seat, Strapped Pedals, Padded and Contoured Seat, Built-in Fan for Cooling, Bottle Holder, Sound System, Heart Rate monitor on grips.
  • Assembly: Transport Wheels for easy moving and storage.

The Schwinn A20 Recumbent Bike is a great recumbent bike for the price. It does not have all the bells and whistles the others do but you can still get a good work out from it.

Schwinn A20 Recumbent Bike Video

You might also want to take a look at the Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike or the Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike.

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