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Great workout, subpar quality
on April 25, 2009
Let me start with the positive: this bike gives you a very good workout. The dual-action provides an almost total body workout -- building both cardiovascular endurance and strength. The motion is smooth and not stressful on the joints. As the exercise intensity increases, so does the resistance provided by the fan wheel; and, as a side benefit, the wheel also provides a fair amount of cooling. The LED is large and easy to read in variable light conditions; and, it provides a wide range of metrics to gauge your workout performance.
Now, to the bad: to put it succinctly, Schwinn's quality ain't what it used to be. In the little over a year that I've had my bike, I've encountered more than a few issues; and, although I wouldn't classify any as major, they've all been very irritating and frustrating. The list is as follows (I apologize in advance for any inaccuracy in the name or description of parts):
- Shortly after I got the bike, a ring that keeps the pedal assembly from moving relative to the frame came off -- causing the assembly to move side-to-side while riding. I returned the bike to Amazon for a replacement.
- One of the arms was missing a washer in the part that screws it to the frame; and, as a result, while I rode the bike, the arm would be progressively unscrewed from the frame. I returned the arm to Schwinn for a replacement.
- A wedge pin attaching one of the pedals to the assembly broke -- causing the pedal to fall off. Schwinn sent me a replacement pin.
- On my current bike, similar to my first one, the ring keeping the pedal assembly stationary relative to the frame has also come off -- again, causing the assembly to shift left to right as you ride. Since I've had the bike too long to exchange it, resolving the issue this time is going to be more painful than it was the last.
In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that I do put the bike through a fairly strenuous workout. But, I knew that in advance -- which was the reason why I decided to buy a Schwinn: hoping that I'd be getting a high quality bike. Unfortunately, it didn't quite work out like I'd planned.