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Like the Large Seat. Lacks Overall Quality
on November 16, 2011
In reviewing this Schwinn 150 exercise bike, I am basically comparing it to a Nautilus U514 exercise bike that we purchased on Amazon just a few months ago.
Even though this exercise bike is labeled a Schwinn, the inside of the box had the name Nautilus. I was encouraged by this, but it was short lived, as we learned after assembling and using this exercise bike.
The Schwinn 150 Upright Exercise Bike is made for larger bodied persons, and there are some advantages that come with that feature. The seat is larger than most exercise bikes, and that's a real plus when it comes to having a comfortable ride. The bike also has larger pedals, and for me, an average sized woman, this is uncomfortable. My feet literally fall through the stirrups, so I have to wear large shoes to keep them on the pedals when riding this bike. (Yes, the straps are adjustable, but it's cheap plastic strapping that isn't going to hold up after much use).
There are some nice features with the Schwinn 150, like an MP3 player port with speakers, and a book holder.
When comparing it to my Nautilus U514, which is a few bucks cheaper, there really isn't a comparison when it comes to quality. The Nautilus is better, in my opinion. The Schwinn has twice the preset programs, but otherwise, the panel features are very similar. The fan on the Schwinn has the quality of a dollar-store toy, while the Nautilus bike has a high-powered fan that actually puts out some air.
The Nautilus bike looks and feels better. It's solid and quality made. The Schwinn, though costing more, feels cheap and does not look like it is built to last. I also have a hard time adjusting the seat level.
Hands down the Nautilus U514 exercise bike wins this comparison.