A Fair Review Of The Schwinn 213 Recumbent Exercise Bike

When you hear the name Schwinn you automatically think of two things – bikes and quality. Well, the Schwinn 213 recumbent exercise bike qualifies on both counts, and being the most popular family member kind of puts it on a pedestal of sorts. Lots of rave reviews about this bike gives you the feeling that the bike really is that good, or that thousands of people decided to get together and play an elaborate practical joke on you with a really crappy product; good sense might indicate that the first assumption is more likely to be true. So let's take this bike apart and see what makes it tick so loudly in the portals of health and fitness.

First off, Schwinn makes bikes; that's a given. Second, they've been doing it long enough to know how to do it well – really well. Third, their reputation as innovators of the first class is sure to guarantee that there are some copyright-trademark-unique-inimitable features on this recumbent bike of theirs. Problem is, we've only reached these conclusions using deductive logic and reasonable assumptions. Now let's look into the nuts and bolts of the Schwinn 213 recumbent exercise bike to see if our theories are supported in form. Either a feature should fall into one of these categories, or it will be just bells and whistles.

The bike offers 16 levels of resistance to give you the fine-tuned opposition you need to build your stamina and strength gradually. Nice, but nothing unique about that – nearly all manufacturers have jumped on that bandwagon, some matching it and some not. Still, it's music to your muscles to know that it's not just an 'all or nothing' option.

The Schwinn 213 recumbent bike offers 10 workout programs – again, not unique but some elements of innovation, such as the dynamic BMI measurement. Not bad, but still a long way to show some true grit as a pioneer in something.

What's this – Bio Fit pedals, and a seat with 2-position lumbar support seat back with side bolsters? Now we're getting somewhere; obviously, ergonomics taken to the next level in true Schwinn tradition. This will actually allow you to feel more comfortable than ever, allowing you to exercise for longer periods without straining the wrong muscles. Good show, Ignaz (that's Mr. Schwinn to you if you please).

Bottle holder under the seat for easy reach – hmmm, now that's definitely not cutting edge technology. That's surely a bell or a whistle. Still, it doesn't hurt to not have to stretch for water in the middle of a workout, thereby effectively preventing muscular disturbances that could lead to a potentially dangerous situation. Nope, not buying it - still a bell or whistle. Moving on now.

Backlit LCD computer display that shows your real-time and historic performance in terms of time, speed, watts, distance, calories burned, pulse rate, resistance and practically everything but your grandma's home phone number. Well, on the one hand it is nice to know you have all this data, but unless you're a professional trainer or fitness freak, it won't really make much sense. Sensory overload on the whole, so two points off for making it confusing, and two points added for letting you choose what you want to monitor and stick to that. Innovative? Mildly. Bells and Whistles? Definitely. Original consumerism is the verdict on this one.

Not much else to comment on except for the usual – coin tray, transport wheels, adjustable fan (got to love that one), mostly bells and whistles. Can't seem to figure out what's behind its popularity though. Could be anything at all, looking at it in a completely non-biased way; but then consumers rarely do. Apparently the way a consumer feels about owning a piece of equipment far outweighs the techs and specs, and we have been able to prove this at least. Either way Schwinn wins; and good for them too.