Schwinn Airdyne As An Exercise Bike Option

Published: 24th February 2011
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The Schwinn Airdyne bikes were the first dual action bike patented and still remain popular. Being first though has certainly not kept it a leader among many choices of stationary bikes. My 20 plus years of using a Schwinn Airdyne makes it clear to me some reasons why they remain popular even though the design is mostly unchanged to this day. Here are a few thought about why the bikes remain as favorites.

It's more than just mindless pedaling along on a typical fitness bike. You get to stay busy working both your arms and legs too. Actually, it's more even than that. Just about all your muscles get into the act as you pedal and pump. You may not realize it, but just balancing on the bike as you pump and pedal makes for a certain sort of exercise. If you want some variation, just pump with your legs. Trying pumping with your arms for a change of pace. Dual action exercise bikes make for some interesting variation that fights back boredom. What's more, the standard motion involves a rhythm motion that makes it easy to continue which will produce results.

It's a stable platform for hard pedaling and pumping Ride as hard as you can, you can't hurt it. These things have been in gyms and fitness locations all over for years. They stand up to hard use. It's heavy enough that it's not going to be rocking and swaying with you either. Hard riding and steady use makes for fitness improvements and that's what this bike is good for. Lesser bikes that sway and rock certainly do not encourage hard pedaling, quite the opposite in fact. A tough bike that's a stable platform makes for more aggressive riding and faster results.

The AirDyne is perfect for interval workouts, since it's so easy to mix it up. Variation of the pace and load makes for better results. This bike is perfect for that. The faster you go, the faster that big fan turns. Turn faster and the resistance increases. It just challenges you to see what you can do or you can just loaf along and get a workout too. Varying the tempo of work means you can burn more energy in a shorter time and make gains faster. That variation, faster and slower, defines an interval workout and makes for real improvement.

The bikes is perfectly simple to use. Most anybody can use an Airdyne bike as there is little skill required to just pedal and pump away. What's more, it works well even for people who are injured which is one reason it is found in rehabilitation settings quite often. Lack of expensive electronics makes for a bike that's simpler to use and there's just not much to go wrong. With many modern stationary bikes, the electronics is really the key component of the bikes. Failed electronics makes for high cost maintenance.

A comfortable seat is a must and you get it. Lacking the recliner that is central to recumbent stationary bikes, you get the more typical upright seating position. That gets you a big cushion seat. My bike seat still looks like new too even after years of use. The seating makes for a ride more like a road bike but with a wider cushioned seat to serve as a pad to eliminate pain and suffering.

You get air cooled. The fan makes a lot of noise. This machine is not quiet. It's noisy, but it's just wind noise, not clanking and rattling. All that fan turning really kicks up a breeze which is especially good when you get a sweat going. Another option is the Schwinn Airdyne Evolution Comp that features a smaller quieter fan and a belt drive that also cuts the noise too.

The only one you will ever need is the first one you get. The bike you buy will probably be the only one you need. The bike is simple and rugged and built to last.

The classic Schwinn Airdyne makes for a simple workout machine. Not the least expensive of the many options in stationary bikes, it does make for value. That's partly because it just works and keeps on working. It is not likely that you will ever need a second exercise bike unless you just want something different. It's built to work hard and to do it for a long time too.

See our article about the Schwinn Airdyne, a classic machine that's worth a look.


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