A Low-Priced Indoor Bike with 22 Preset Workouts

Schwinn 130 Upright Exercise Bike Review

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Schwinn 130 Upright Stationary Exercise Bike Review

A Low-Priced Indoor Bike with 22 Preset Workouts

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Schwinn 130 Upright Exercise Bike Review
Schwinn 130 Upright Stationary Exercise Bike Review

The Schwinn 130 Upright Bike is an affordable fitness machine for home use. Loaded with 22 workouts and offering 20 resistance levels, it’s ready to support customized fitness plans for beginners and advanced trainees.

The Schwinn 130 Upright Stationary Bike is an affordable fitness machine for home use. It isn’t a top-notch bike, but it’s a good value at just $299. Loaded with 22 preset workouts and offering 20 resistance levels, it’s ready to support customized fitness plans for beginners and advanced trainees. Highlights include nine workouts controlled by heart rate, extra-smooth resistance, and a shelf for a tablet computer or book.

The regular price is $499. For the sale price of $299, order directly from Schwinn and the Bowflex catalog.

Point by point, here are some pros and cons about the Schwinn 130 Upright Stationary Bike.


The Great:
Here are some selling points for the Schwinn 130 indoor stationary bike.

  • Preset Workouts: This bike is loaded with 22 workout routines and supports 20 resistance levels. Nine of the preset workouts are controlled by heart rate. (Four of these are for beginners, four are for advanced trainees, and one is user-designed.) Two of the workout routines are fitness tests. Additionally, two users can save their profiles.
  • Power for Devices: The USB port is a handy way to charge phones and other devices.
  • Data on Console: Two data screens provide a wide variety of workout data. For distance run, trainees can choose from miles or kilometers.
  • Adjustable Console:  The console and its attached forearm rests can be adjusted for a personalized ergonomic fit.
  • Adjustable Seat: The Schwinn 130 Upright Bike has an adjustable seat. Its standard stem makes the seat easy to customize too.
  • Extras: The Schwinn 130 has medium-quality speakers for MP3 players, a handy beverage holder, and a three-speed workout fan.
  • Quiet Flywheel: Schwinn 130 upright exercise bikes have balanced high-inertia drives that operate quietly. When a bike transitions between resistance levels, the adjustment is barely audible.
  • High Capacity: The maximum user weight capacity is 300 pounds.
  • Transport Wheels: Wheels are attached to the bike for easy transport. Also, levelers help make it stable after relocation.
  • Small Footprint: This fitness machine demands little space. Its footprint measures about 41″ x 21″.
  • Easy Assembly: Customers generally report that the Schwinn 130 is straightforward to assemble. In some cases, pieces don’t fit as intended.
  • Good Warranty: The Schwinn 130 Upright Bike has a good warranty considering the bike’s low sale price of $299. The buyer gets a 10-year warranty for the frame, two years for parts, one year for electrical, and free labor during the first 90 days.




The Not-So-Great:

Why wouldn’t you choose this bike? Judging from customer reviews, most owners of the Schwinn 130 Upright Bike are satisfied, but here are some logged complaints:

  • Packaging: The packaging for Schwinn exercise bikes isn’t very durable. Thoughtless shippers can cause trouble when they dent the boxes. To minimize the likelihood of receiving a damaged bike, it seems best to purchase this machine through the Schwinn website.
  • Poor Pedal Design: Little room is left between the pedals and the rest of the bike. In some customer reviews, this leads to people’s shoes hitting the sides of the machine. This problem is rectified on the Schwinn 170, which costs just $100 more.
  • Cheap Pedals: Besides being awkwardly designed, the pedals on this bike seem prone to breaking under normal use.
  • Oversized Seat: The oversized bike seat is meant to promote comfort, but some people find that it makes their legs chaffe. Fortunately the seat can be replaced.
  • Grip Heart Rate Receiver: Grip heart rate receivers are embedded on the forearm rests. These are less convenient and less accurate than wireless heart rate systems, and some customers report that the monitors sometimes do not work at all. A wireless receiver is included on the Schwinn 170 Upright Bike.



Who Should Ride the Schwinn 130 Upright Stationary Exercise Bike?

The Schwinn 130 could offer good value to beginners and mid-level trainees. Because of its lighter frame and small pedals, the bike is better suited to smaller people. It is preferred for weight loss and cardiovascular exercise, moderate strength training, and toning the muscles.

The Bottom Line

The Schwinn 130 Upright Stationary Exercise Bike is a very low-priced indoor bike, yet it’s reasonably durable and provides lots of programming. A caution is that some customers have complained that the pedal design is substandard.

The pedal problem is absent on the Schwinn 170 Upright Stationary Bike, which costs just $100 more. We are more comfortable recommending that model.

Schwinn 130 Upright Exercise Bike Specs:

Overall Score:7.5
Type:Stationary
Resistance:20 Levels
Flywheel:High Inertia Flywheel
Weight Capacity:300 LBS
Dimensions:12.5" L x 41" W x 22" H