The Schwinn A20 Recumbent Bike is an entry-level stationary bicycle. It is a simple machine that can easily be assembled even by those with little assembly experience. The bike is over five feet long and can be extended to accommodate people well over six feet tall. It is rated for a maximum user weight of 275 pounds.
While many starter stationary bikes have limited features, the Schwinn A20 Recumbent Bike has built-in speakers, eight levels of magnetic resistance, a 5″x 3″ LCD screen, and seven preset workout programs. The feedback screen can display eight different parameters: speed, RPM, resistance, time, distance, calories, heart rate, and results. The bike runs on D batteries, but can be powered with an AC adaptor which can be purchased separately for $20.
The bike comes with a standard Schwinn exercise bike warranty: The frame has a two year warranty; the mechanical and electrical parts are covered for six months. The Schwinn A20 Recumbent Bike is currently priced at $249.99.
- Sizable LCD Window
- Eight levels of resistance
- Seven workout programs
- Highly adjustable for people of different heights
- Built-in Speakers
- Quiet, simple operation
Perhaps the best feature of this stationary bicycle is its simplicity. Some people look for the bike stuffed full of new and innovative features, but those features can be a source of confusion and distraction that can inhibit a workout regimen. The Schwinn A20 Recumbent Bike has all of the features that a fitness lover might need, adjustable resistance, heart-rate monitor grips, and varied workout programs, and even a few frills, built-in speakers and a large LCD screen, but is kept in the right balance between functionality and comfort to promote and keep the focus on the exercise.
The bike is easy to assemble, usually taking well under an hour to get from boxed up to ready-to-use, and despite the ease with which it can be assembled it is still sturdy enough to hold exercisers up to 275 pounds. Bike operation is smooth and incredibly quiet, making it great for use while watching television, and it has wheels, so it can be easily rolled out of the way when it is no longer in use. Once again, the most beneficial aspect of the bike is its simplicity. The frame is adjustable for a wide range of heights. People from the short end of five feet to six feet six inches tall have used the bike without any problems. The pedals are large and have adjustable straps that can accommodate any size foot. This is a machine designed to be usable by anyone.
The biggest drawback in the Schwinn A20 Recumbent Bike is that it requires four D-cell batteries to operate. The large LCD screen, which is touted by the manufacturer and used as one of the bike’s biggest selling points, uses quite a bit of power and can drain those batteries in a seemingly short time if the bike is used regularly and for hours at a time. Unfortunately, exercise bikes are meant to be used for an hour or so every day, and so the choice to make this one battery-powered is questionable. If there had been a rechargeable battery included, then there would be no argument over the power source. Schwinn made the decision to force their customers to buy a separate AC adapter or suffer the constant recurring cost of batteries. Or maybe they made the decision to have it battery-operated so that they could cut the final cost of the machine, thereby making it more affordable and accessible for those who are just starting toward their fitness goals and may be apprehensive about how much they are spending on the equipment.
The other weakness of this machine is also its greatest strength, simplicity. Users who are more experienced with exercise equipment, especially with more expensive equipment usually available in gyms, might find that there are far fewer features on the Schwinn A20 Recumbent Bike than they would have liked. This is entirely a matter of personal preference. This stationary bike has all of the features necessary to give the user a good, and scientifically provable, workout.
Those who are just starting out with home exercise equipment and are trying to keep their costs at a bare minimum may find that a Sunny Health and Fitness Magnetic Recumbent Bike meets all of their needs, as is in fact similar to this Schwinn, and costs $100 less, being sold for $154.15 on Amazon. Those who are not strangers to home exercise equipment and are looking for more features and more luxury than are available on the A20 might find that a Schwinn 230 Recumbent Bike, on Amazon for $398, or a Schwinn 270, on Amazon for $449.99, are a better fit for their personal needs.
The Schwinn A20 Recumbent Bike is a simple yet effective exercise tool. It can be easily adjusted to meet most size requirements, and can be adjusted to meet the required resistance for the workout the user wants. It is quick to assemble and made of sturdy materials. It offers little distraction, and keeps the focus on fitness. Schwinn has been a respected and trust-worthy bicycle manufacturer since 1895, and has made itself a name in the stationary bike world in recent years. The Schwinn A20 is a solid choice for an entry-level stationary bike.
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