Schwinn Airdyne AD2 Review

The Airdyne AD2 is Schwinn’s cheapest air bike. Overall it can be a good buy for households looking to save money on convenient cardio…

Schwinn Airdyne AD2 Specs

Rating7
TypeIndoor Cycle
Console displayLCD
Compact storageno
ResistanceInfinite
Seat typeAdjustable
ProgramsN/A
FlywheelN/A
Weight250 LBS
Dimensions46" L x 25" W x 50" H

A good buy for households looking to save money on convenient cardio training.

Schwinn Airdyne AD2 Review

The Airdyne AD2 is Schwinn’s cheapest air bike. Overall it can be a good buy for households looking to save money on convenient cardio…

Schwinn Airdyne AD2 Specs

Rating7
TypeIndoor Cycle
Console displayLCD
Compact storageno
ResistanceInfinite
Seat typeAdjustable
ProgramsN/A
FlywheelN/A
Weight250 LBS
Dimensions46" L x 25" W x 50" H

How We Reviewed This Model

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The Schwinn Airdyne AD2 is an especially low-priced exercise bike at just $399. While it isn’t loaded with special features, this model does have a convincing list of selling points: The AD2 bike is inexpensive, has moving handlebars for upper-body training, supports all ability levels, and takes up little space. The short warranty is a drawback, yet many owners report Schwinn Airdyne bike lasting for many years.

Tailored resistance is a special feature of any air bike. While other types of exercise bikes have set numbers of gears, air bikes have unlimited potential. Pedal gently for a light workout, which can help you maintain flexibility and manage your weight. Exercise more intensely for greater calorie burn, a more intense cardio challenge, and to make your legs stronger.

A small data screen shows your workout time, speed, distance, calories and RPM. It has backlighting for easy viewing in any home workout space.


The Great

Customer reviews of the Schwinn AD2 tend to be positive, which is surprising when you consider the bike’s low-budget build. Here are details about its best points.

  • Moving Arm Bars: Schwinn Airdyne bikes have moving arm bars for total-body workouts. In comparison the typical exercise bike is only designed for cardiovascular exercise and lower-body toning.
  • Air Resistance: Air bikes let you build resistance by pedaling against a fan wheel. A fan bike system can support infinite levels of resistance, so the Airdyne AD2 can serve for gentle riding or for higher intensity training. Pedaling an air bike is especially smooth because the bike doesn’t lock into gears.
  • Padded Saddle: The bike saddle is padded to help support long workouts.
  • Data Monitor: An LCD shows feedback for Time, Distance, Speed, Calories and RPM.
  • Easy to Place: Batteries power the console, so you can set the bike up anywhere; it doesn’t use a power outlet. Furthermore the AD2 is the smallest exercise bike in its lineup. Its dimensions are just 46″ L x 25″ W x 50″ H.
  • Simple Assembly: Schwinn Airdyne bikes arrive mostly assembled. Unlike most other exercise bikes, they can be put together in under an hour.




The Not-So-Great

Here are possible drawbacks of choosing the AD2 fan bike.

  • Few Features: Except for its small display console, the bike lacks special features. For comparison this year’s other Schwinn Airdyne bikes (AD6 and AD7) support wireless heart rate monitoring and have built-in drink holders. Alternatives from other brands additionally have preset workout programs, Bluetooth data sharing, tablet holders, MP3 speakers and more… but these stationary bikes cost several times more than the AD2.
  • Warranty: The factory warranty for this product is typical for bikes under $500, so you’d get better value with an air bike in a higher price bracket. Purchase of the Airdyne AD2 includes a five-year frame warranty, one year of free parts/electronics replacement, and no labor charges during the first 90 days.



WHO SHOULD RIDE THE SCHWINN AD2?

The Airdyne AD2 can safely hold up to 250 pounds. According to customer reviews the up/down seat adjustability makes the bike a good fit for a wide range of rider heights, including people slightly under five feet or a bit over 6’ tall. Other Schwinn Airdyne bikes have higher weight capacities.

The Bottom Line

The Schwinn Airdyne AD2 supports all workout intensities. Although this bike model costs less than $500, it can deliver many years’ worth of exercise sessions. Customer reviews indicate that quality control isn’t perfect, but that buying this bike doesn’t seem too risky. Buying factory-direct you get a 60-day money-back guarantee in addition to the warranty mentioned above.

Pricier bikes are enticing because of their special features, but for basic indoor cycling without breaking your budget, the Airdyne AD2 is among your best buys.

2 Comments
  1. Mitch Rohrbach February 20, 2019 at 9:59 am From: PA
    Airdyne AD2. DON'T BUY IT ! Bought one used (4 miles on it). It appears that a simple 50 cent Delrin type bushing was damaged during assembly or soon after. Simple enough to fix IF Schwinn would supply the part ! Instead they want to sell you an entire swing arm that includes the bushing. REDICULOUS ! A simple consumable item such as a bushing should be readily available. In addition, the two swing arms for the upper body are great if you have really long arms. If not, be prepared to lean forward when each arm swings out.
    • Exercise Bike Editorial Team February 20, 2019 at 1:06 pm
      Hi Mitch, Sorry to hear about your experience. You should be able to return the model if you purchased it recently. If you're interested in bikes of this nature, maybe try the Assault Fitness Bike https://www.exercisebike.net/lifecore/assault-airbike-review/ - it's a little more adjustable and will give you the full body workout you're looking for! Hope this helps!

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