Schwinn Magnetic Bike Trainer
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- Unit folds down for easy storage
- Offers five levels of resistance for training
- Frame features leveling feet
- Heavy duty frame construction for support and stability
- Assembled dimensions: 14.75 by 19 by 18.5 inches (height x width x base)
- Folded dimensions: 18 by 14 inches (base to top)
- One-year warranty
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The Schwinn Magnetic Bike Trainer is a key component to any rider's off-season bike riding. While it's more enjoyable to get outdoors for a ride, this trainer helps you stay in shape even when the weather turns and the days get shorter and darker. With five different levels of resistance, you'll be well trained and prepared for any kind of ride.
This trainer features a broad, heavy-duty frame style that insures a comfortable, secure fit for your bike. The magnetic resistance provides a remarkably smooth ride to help mimic being out on the road while producing very little noise. From the beginner to the advanced cyclist, this trainer will have you riding in no time, making that bike in your garage a new piece of indoor exercise equipment.
The frame features an easy fold-down design for traveling. The trainer is very easy to assemble and it includes an extra skewer for your bike.
This Schwinn Magnetic Bike Trainer offers five levels of resistance for training and also folds for easy storage.
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I started riding a bike about two years ago just for fun, fresh air and general health. While this unit doesn't provide as much fun, and no fresh air, it will allow me to ride and keep me from losing all of the conditioning from one season to the next. The trainer arrived today and after only a few minutes set up, I was able to get in a good 35 minute ride at my goal heart rate, using the gears on my bike to increase or decrease pedaling resistance. It was set up on an area rug with a thin padding and I have smooth road tires on my bike so noise was not a major concern, it produced a humming sound, about as loud as say a box fan on medium speed.
Cons: The roller that hits the bicycle's rear tire is plastic not metal so it will be more likely wear out quicker. There is no quick release to get the bike off the stand - ideally there should be an adjustment on one side and a quick release lever on the other side, like the Sette Glyde Tire Drive Trainer (black lever) the CycleOps Mag Indoor Bicycle Trainer (metal lever with black ball) or the Minoura M60D Tire Drive Trainer (white lever). The resistance adjustment is a little hard to figure out and should be labeled better. Finally a heavier flywheel would be a welcome addition. (minus one more star)
Other than the above mentioned complaints this is a nice enough magnetic unit. It is easy to assemble (like another reviewer I found it easier to screw the "L" bolt in first) and comes with a replacement skewer so you don't need to worry about the fit of your existing road skewer. The Schwinn trainer actually worked fine even on a bike with a solid rear axle with hex nuts (the nuts happen to be exactly the right size).
One of the reviewers of the Graber mentioned that the resistance setting didn't do anything but this is not true. Twisting the resistance knob clockwise moves the resistance shaft farther away from the spinning wheel in 4 progressive steps. Each step makes for less resistance as the resistance shaft gets farther away until you have gone all the way around. Once you have gone all the way around the last step returns the shaft to the closest position (greatest resistance). There are a total of 5 possible settings (closest plus 4 additional steps) but they are completely unmarked so it is easy to see how this would be confusing. There is a noticeable difference in resistance between the closest setting and the 2nd closest setting.
Verdict: Decent but far from perfect.
This trainer is designed for bikes with a quick release rear wheel.
Right now I'm working through my options of either changing my axle (and bearings) to fit the trainer
modifying the trainer to fit my bike. I might put a 15 mm socket on it instead to really lock the bike in it's place.
Other than that, the trainer works well. The friction works. I would recommend getting a smooth tire, as that will be quieter than a knobby tire. I can't wait to ride it more, especially during the cold northern winter.
It arrived in the expected time frame, my husband easily assembled it in 10-15 minutes, and it works great!
It has a knob you can adjust the tension with; so far I've just changed gears on my bike to increase/decrease the tension.
It's a little loud, but that's only because mine is a mountain bike with knobby tires; it would be much quieter with road bike tires. (My knobby tires make it so the bike stays put on the carpet, though, so I didn't need a riser.)
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