There are two things that I really love about the Schwinn exercise bikes – they are always very affordable and always include lots of extra features – and the latest Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike is no exception.
The 270 model is Schwinn’s premium recumbent bike because it has more resistance levels and workout programs than the 230 model, and makes use of the latest Bluetooth technology to help you track your performance on your smartphone or tablet device.
Furthermore, the new MY17 model is said to feature new and improved pedals and a more comfortable seat than the previous 270 model.
Features And Benefits
- 25 computer-controlled resistance levels
- 29 workout programs and 4 user settings
- two blue backlit LCD screens
- transfer data via Bluetooth to your favorite apps
- one-touch speed and resistance buttons
- built-in pulse sensors
- charging USB port
- in-console speakers
- three-speed cooling fan
- media tray
- thick padded seat with contoured leg area
- large vented seat back with lumbar support
- upgraded pedal system
- built-in transport wheels and levelers
- water bottle holder
- high inertia drive system
- accommodates users up to 300 pounds
Product Dimensions / Weight
The latest Schwinn 270 recumbent bike has exact dimensions (in inches) of 64 (L) x 27.7 (W) x 49.9 (H), and has a total weight of 86.6 pounds when it is fully assembled.
It is fair to say that this Schwinn 270 bike provides you with pretty much everything you could possibly want from a recumbent exercise bike.
For a start, it has a really comfortable and fully adjustable seat, which is always very important. The seat bottom has a lot of padding and includes a contoured area for your legs, and the back support is vented to help keep you cool, and has lumbar support to prevent any back pain.
This bike also has a new and improved pedal system with a durable three-piece crank and wider pedals and straps.
However it is the range of workout options, the quality of the actual workout and the range of extra features that really sets this bike apart from many of the other similarly priced recumbent bikes.
With 25 eddy current resistant levels, you will have no problems finding just the right level of intensity for your routines, and because it is aligned with a high intensity, high inertia perimeter-weighted flywheel, you will experience a smooth and quiet workout.
If you want to achieve specific goals or simply want to vary your routines even more, there are also 29 different exercise programs to choose from, including 12 profile, 8 heart rate and 2 fitness test programs as well as quick start and custom programs, and user settings for up to four people.
You can choose the resistance level and your choice of program (if any) quickly and easily by using the buttons on the console, which includes two large LCD display screens to monitor your performance and a media tray for your phone or tablet if you would like to watch a movie or a TV program while you exercise.
These blue backlit LCD screens appear to be so much better than the ones included with previous models because it can display 13 different pieces of information, including time, RPM, speed, distance, pulse, calories burned, resistance level, profile, % complete indicator, HR zone indicator, etc, and is now Bluetooth-enabled.
This means that you can now transfer time, distance and calories data via Bluetooth to the Schwinn Trainer app, the MyFitness app or one of the other fitness apps that are compatible with this console to help set yourself goals and monitor your progress.
The console itself also has a few more really cool features. For example, you will find that it comes with a three-speed fan to keep you cool, and has some built-in acoustic speakers so that you can enjoy listening to your favorite music. Plus it also has a USB charging port.
Moving on to the frame, and you will find that this bike has transport wheels on the bottom that will come in handy if you ever need to move it around, and has two built-in levelers to prevent any movement when you are pedaling. There is also a water bottle holder attached to the frame that is within easy reach.
Finally, this bike is strong enough to support anyone up to 300 pounds, and is backed by a 10-year warranty on the frame, a 2-year mechanical warranty and a 1-year electrical warranty should anything go wrong.
As with most exercise machines, there is some assembly required when you take delivery of this item. However this is a fairly straight-forward job that should take you no longer than an hour or so.
Apart from this, there don’t appear to be any major problems with this Schwinn 270 recumbent bike. The only thing I would say is that although this is a very strong bike with a weight capacity of 300 pounds, there are stronger bikes available that might be more suitable if you weigh more than this.
If you are looking to buy a good quality recumbent bike for your home, you don’t necessarily need to spend thousands of dollars because this Schwinn 270 recumbent exercise bike has lots of workout options with its 25 resistance levels and 29 exercise programs, and is loaded with extra features that will enhance your workouts.
Furthermore, it is also really comfortable to use thanks to the thick padded seat, and is suitable for people of all ages, including seniors and people with mobility problems because of the walk through design of the frame.
Now Available With Protective Floor Mat
If you click on the link above, you will see that you now have the option of paying a little extra for a bike mat that will protect your floor. This mat is big enough to accommodate this Schwinn 270 bike without any problems, and is something that you might want to consider if you are worried about damaging your floor or leaving indentations in your carpet, for instance.