An Entry-Level Fitness Machine with 8 Resistance Levels

Schwinn A10 Upright Bike Review

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Schwinn A10 Upright Stationary Bike Review

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Schwinn A10 Upright Bike Review
Schwinn A10 Upright Stationary Bike Review

It's very low-priced, but the Schwinn A10 Upright Bike isn’t a hunk of junk. It's a good choice for beginners with small budgets. The A10 has seven workout modes, a data screen and a sound system.

The Schwinn A10 Upright Stationary Bike is a very low-priced home exercise bike. Although it sometimes costs less than $150, it goes beyond the bare minimum and isn’t a hunk of junk. Customer reviews are mostly positive. The A10 has seven workout modes, a data screen, a sound system and other perks.

It’s classified as an upright bike, but the Schwinn A10 positions the rider more like road bikes do. You can even stand up on the pedals. Still, it wouldn’t be confused with a spin bike once you start riding; for one thing, spin bikes have drives about four times as heavy. This bike’s resistance can support not-so-intense cardiovascular training, help boost the metabolism and tone the lower body.

Here are some pros and cons about choosing this ride.

The Great:
The Schwinn A10 Upright Stationary Bike is a basic exercise bike with a bit of extras. Here are some of its better features.

  • Easy Assembly: Schwinn exercise bikes are easy to assemble, and the A10 has especially few components. Expect to spend 20 minutes or less. Have four D batteries ready for the console, unless you buy an an AC adaptor.
  • Data on Console: An LCD window shows time, RPM, distance, results, speed, heart rate and calories. The pulse data come from a grip monitor. Distance can be shown in miles or kilometers.
  • Preset Workouts: The A10 stationary bike has six course profiles and a Quick Start mode. There’s good variety, and some stationary bikes in this price category have no programming at all.
  • Adjustable Seat: The seat is highly adjustable to fit almost any adult. Customers who are 4’10” and 6’2″ have said that the ride is fine. Some customers write that their younger children use the bike too.
  • Adjustable Handlebars: The bars can be rotated and moved vertically.
  • Magnetic Resistance: Schwinn A10 upright exercise bikes use magnetic resistance for quiet operation. The weighted perimeter flywheel is light, yet engineered to feel a bit like a road bike’s mechanics. Riders report that the bike operates quietly enough for watching TV at the usual volume.
  • Water Bottle Holder: A water bottle holder is attached to the frame.
  • More Extras: The Schwinn A10 has a media tray, an MP3 input port and speakers.
  • High Capacity: The maximum user weight capacity is 275 pounds. However, we think this is optimistic. Somebody weighing close to 275 pounds would feel safer on a larger bike. This bike is especially compact and doesn’t weigh much.
  • Small Footprint: The A10 takes up little space. It measures 27.5″ L x 16.5″ W x 47.5″ H.
  • Transport Wheels: Wheels are affixed to the bike for easy transport.

The Not-So-Great:

That’s a nice list above! But the Schwinn A10 is still a very low-budget exercise bike. Here are some potential drawbacks.

  • Uncomfortable Seat: The saddle is padded but most people find it very uncomfortable. Extra padding is highly recommended; look for a gel seat cover.
  • No Fan: There isn’t a fan on the console.
  • Grip Heart Rate Receiver: Grip heart rate receivers are built into the handlebars. They don’t work as well as wireless receivers. A wireless receiver is included on some other cheap upright bikes by this brand, such as the Schwinn 150 and 170.
  • Not Backlit: The console display isn’t backlit. The data windows are small.
  • Media Tray: The media tray can hold an iPad. However, then the iPad blocks your data screen. Other stationary bikes have tablet brackets that let you watch video and see your data at the same time.
  • Batteries: Batteries are used for the console. They need to be changed about every 10 hours, which can get expensive, or you can get a cord and plug the bike in.
  • Lackluster Warranty: The Schwinn A10 Stationary Upright Bike has a very low price, but still a better warranty seems appropriate. The buyer gets a three-year warranty for the frame, a year for mechanical and electrical parts, and free labor during the first 60 days. The “wear parts” are only covered for 60 days.

Who Should Ride the Schwinn A10 Upright Stationary Exercise Bike?

The Schwinn A10 is for beginners and other people who want very light workouts. It is highly adjustable to fit riders of most heights. Since this bike only weighs 55 pounds and is compact, we would take the advertised 275-pound weight capacity with a grain of salt.

The Bottom Line

The Schwinn A10 Upright Exercise Bike is a very low-priced stationary bike and has light resistance when compared with others. While it’s definitely a basic trainer, it has some useful and convenient extras. This product doesn’t have a great warranty but generally has satisfied customers.

Schwinn A10 Upright Bike Specs:

Overall Score:7.5
Resistance:8 Magnetic Levels
Flywheel:Weighted Perimeter Flywheel
Weight Capacity:275 LBS
Dimensions:27.5" L x 16.5" W x 47" H