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Schwinn Recumbent Bike Series
Schwinn Recumbent Bike Series
Schwinn Recumbent Bike Series
Schwinn Recumbent Bike Series
Schwinn Recumbent Bike Series
Schwinn Recumbent Bike Series
Schwinn Recumbent Bike Series
Schwinn Recumbent Bike Series

Schwinn Recumbent Bike Series

Schwinn Recumbent Bike Series
Schwinn Recumbent Bike Series
Schwinn Recumbent Bike Series
Schwinn Recumbent Bike Series
Schwinn Recumbent Bike Series
Schwinn Recumbent Bike Series
Schwinn Recumbent Bike Series
Schwinn Recumbent Bike Series
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Features

  • Bluetooth connectivity, syncs with the Schwinn Trainer App and other apps for fitness tracking
  • Sync with free downloadable RideSocial App and see the world as you virtually ride alongside friends in real time
  • 29 programs: 12 profile, 9 heart rate control, 4 custom, 2 fitness test, 1 quick start. Plugs into any standard electrical wall outlet on a 110V-120V circuit. 120V 60Hz AC input; 1.5A output. 90-240V, 50-60Hz adapter included
  • 25 levels of resistance for a wide range of workout intensity options
  • High speed, high inertia drive system with a perimeter weighted flywheel for easy start up and smooth, consistent workouts
  • DualTrack LCD displays, media shelf, in-console speakers with MP3 input port, USB media charging and adjustable fan

Description

With enhanced Bluetooth connectivity, users can set, track and monitor progress with popular app-based tracking tools like Explore the World, MyFitnessPal, and more. Fully-loaded console with DualTrack blue backlit LCD screens offers 29 workout programs and visibility to workout metrics, even when the media tray is in use. Ventilated and contoured seat with padded seat bottom and aluminum slider seat rail system with quick and easy lever, fore and aft seat adjustment. High speed, high inertia perimeter weighted flywheel for a smooth and quiet workout.


Product Dimensions: 64 x 27.7 x 49.9 inches ; 86.6 pounds


Shipping Weight: 100 pounds


ASIN: B01MS7EWR9


California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning.


Item model number: 100515


Customer Reviews: 4.3 out of 5 stars1,982 customer ratings


Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,534 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors) #8 in Exercise Bikes


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Features

  • Bluetooth connectivity, syncs with the Schwinn Trainer App and other apps for fitness tracking
  • Sync with free downloadable RideSocial App and see the world as you virtually ride alongside friends in real time
  • 29 programs: 12 profile, 9 heart rate control, 4 custom, 2 fitness test, 1 quick start. Plugs into any standard electrical wall outlet on a 110V-120V circuit. 120V 60Hz AC input; 1.5A output. 90-240V, 50-60Hz adapter included
  • 25 levels of resistance for a wide range of workout intensity options
  • High speed, high inertia drive system with a perimeter weighted flywheel for easy start up and smooth, consistent workouts
  • DualTrack LCD displays, media shelf, in-console speakers with MP3 input port, USB media charging and adjustable fan

Description

With enhanced Bluetooth connectivity, users can set, track and monitor progress with popular app-based tracking tools like Explore the World, MyFitnessPal, and more. Fully-loaded console with DualTrack blue backlit LCD screens offers 29 workout programs and visibility to workout metrics, even when the media tray is in use. Ventilated and contoured seat with padded seat bottom and aluminum slider seat rail system with quick and easy lever, fore and aft seat adjustment. High speed, high inertia perimeter weighted flywheel for a smooth and quiet workout.


Product Dimensions: 64 x 27.7 x 49.9 inches ; 86.6 pounds


Shipping Weight: 100 pounds


ASIN: B01MS7EWR9


California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning.


Item model number: 100515


Customer Reviews: 4.3 out of 5 stars1,982 customer ratings


Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,534 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors) #8 in Exercise Bikes


Shipping

This product includes free shipping to all US addresses.


Delivery

Unless otherwise stated above, most products arrive within 2-3 business days. Larger items may take 6-9 business days. Tracking information will be automatically provided as soon as your order ships.


View our full shipping policy here.

Returns

This product can be returned within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. Please visit our returns center to begin a return.

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Features

  • Bluetooth connectivity, syncs with the Schwinn Trainer App and other apps for fitness tracking
  • Sync with free downloadable RideSocial App and see the world as you virtually ride alongside friends in real time
  • 29 programs: 12 profile, 9 heart rate control, 4 custom, 2 fitness test, 1 quick start. Plugs into any standard electrical wall outlet on a 110V-120V circuit. 120V 60Hz AC input; 1.5A output. 90-240V, 50-60Hz adapter included
  • 25 levels of resistance for a wide range of workout intensity options
  • High speed, high inertia drive system with a perimeter weighted flywheel for easy start up and smooth, consistent workouts
  • DualTrack LCD displays, media shelf, in-console speakers with MP3 input port, USB media charging and adjustable fan

Description

With enhanced Bluetooth connectivity, users can set, track and monitor progress with popular app-based tracking tools like Explore the World, MyFitnessPal, and more. Fully-loaded console with DualTrack blue backlit LCD screens offers 29 workout programs and visibility to workout metrics, even when the media tray is in use. Ventilated and contoured seat with padded seat bottom and aluminum slider seat rail system with quick and easy lever, fore and aft seat adjustment. High speed, high inertia perimeter weighted flywheel for a smooth and quiet workout.


Product Dimensions: 64 x 27.7 x 49.9 inches ; 86.6 pounds


Shipping Weight: 100 pounds


ASIN: B01MS7EWR9


California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning.


Item model number: 100515


Customer Reviews: 4.3 out of 5 stars1,982 customer ratings


Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,534 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors) #8 in Exercise Bikes


abunda_amazon_reviews In summary, this is an excellent exercise bike with all the bells and whistles. A great addition to my home gym. After trying Schwinn 270 recumbent bike at my local sporting goods store (Dick's Sporting Goods) and liking it a lot, I was contemplating between the 270 and the 230. Basically there are three main differences: (1) The 270 has 25 levels of resistance versus 20 levels for the 230. (2) The seat has cushion on the 270 while the 230 has a plastic seat with holes for airflow. (3) The 270 could have up to 4 saved profiles and the 230 could have 2. Number of profiles on the 270 might be a good feature for folks who would share the bike with more than 2 people but I was only sharing with my wife so it wasn't a big deal for me. And since the 230 is a new model (2016 vs. 2013), I decided to go with the 230 and I couldn't be happier. Before I talk about pros and cons, I just wanted to talk just a little bit about myself so you get a better perspective. I'm 5'9'', male, 160 lbs, in my 30s, in a relatively good shape but nothing close to a triathlon athlete or body builder. I'm just a casual rider who puts in about 30-45 minutes, 2-3 times a week. Pros: - The bike has a very smooth ride on all resistances. No squick, no thump, just a smooth sound of a well-oil machine probably very close to those heavy duty commercial grade exercise bikes you see at the gym. - Slider seat is so easy to adjust. I know for this price range, this is a requirement especially when two of us are sharing this bike adjusting back and forth. - Sturdy! Of course as I described above I'm not testing this bike to it max limits since I'm just an average guy with average use but so far, nothing is shaking and nothing is loose. - Low impact on your knees and joints but you could probably say the same on all bikes and elliptical machines. - Programs. Many programs to choose from. Some are fun while others I'm never going back to but that's just based on my personal preference. - Two LCD monitors. This allows me to put my iPad on top while I keep track of my workout on the bottom LCD. - Great, knowledgeable and friendly customer service. Registering product and basic troubleshooting were easy. - Assembly wasn't a rocket science. It seems all the parts that you think could be assembled in the factory, they assembled in the factory so good job Schwinn. But that doesn't mean I only spent 3 minutes putting this bike together like putting a hot pocket in a microwave. Think of the assembly process as preparing a delicious food using a slow cooker. It takes time but not difficult if you know what I mean ;) So I would say 1-2 hours depending on your skills. Cons: - 2 Profiles. Now this is not a con for me since I'm only sharing this bike with my wife but if you have 3 or more people sharing and want to save your workout results and progress, you can't do it with this bike. The 270 allows 4 profiles just as an FYI. - The front panel / LCD dashboard does not look like the one shown on the Amazon page. Please refer to my picture. It is less shiny and you will notice the logo on top is not red in real life. Also the buttons are the same color as the panel but when you look at the picture on Amazon it is darker and shinier. This is definitely not a deal breaker and maybe I'm just being picky but I just wanted to note. - Plastic seat and back. I personally haven't had any discomfort riding on a plastic seat but I could see that this may be slightly uncomfortable if you ride more frequently. Again, this is an exercise bike not a La-Z-Boy recliner so I expect less comfort from this bike. But then again, I could see that this could potentially be an issue. Another note - I also purchased Supermats Heavy Duty P.V.C. Mat for Treadmills/Ski Machine (2.5-Feet x 6-Feet) to go with this bike in case you are wondering. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004IJI7HW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1;;Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2017;;5.0 out of 5 stars;;Smooth Ride!;;Triple C;;;Been using the bike for almost two weeks now. Overall, I think it's a great piece of equipment with just a few caveats mentioned below. I went with a recumbent bike for several reasons, but mainly because my knees can't hold up to the stress of a treadmill yet. I'm a fairly large individual who is needing to lose weight to make sure I'm around to see my son grow up. First, the bike is rated for a maximum weight of 325 lbs. I'm more in the 350 range, but I decided to take a chance that the max weight is probably less than what the bike can actually support. Fortunately, I was correct in this assumption. However, if you are above the maximum weight, just know that you are using the bike at your own risk. The main thing to understand though, is that for performing cardio exercise, the bike is great. It's quiet, doesn't draw a ton of electricity, is well made, and isn't too difficult to put together. The features all work as advertised, with some minor exceptions I'll get to in a moment. When the bike arrived, it's in a single large cardboard box. It's somewhat heavy, although my wife and I who are every bit the opposite of body builders didn't have too much trouble moving it upstairs to it's designated spot. I did the assembly myself which took about an hour or so. Tools are included with the bike, but if you have a set of allen wrenches and a couple of decent phillips head screw drivers, you'll probably want to use those. The assembly instructions were pretty good, consisting of just diagrams. The seat is reasonably comfortable, even given my... ahem... larger size. The built in programs seem to be pretty good, but I'm not much of an expert on how effective they are for various goals. I have been using the intervals program mainly since my goals are primarily weight loss and improved cardio fitness. Changing resistance levels is very straight forward. One thing I highly recommend is visiting the Schwinn website and downloading the manual for the 2017 model (as mentioned by another reviewer), as there are some differences with the various features between the provided paper manual and how they actually work. So what are the negatives? - The built-in heart rate contacts on the side handles are flaky at best. If you want to monitor your heart rate, you'll definitely want to order the Polar T31 Non-Coded Transmitter and Belt Set. It works very well with the 270. It does occasionally give an anomalous reading where it looks like your heart rate jumps by 10 or so bpm for a moment, but other than that, it's been very useful. Just don't get a "coded" Polar chest strap as it won't work with the bike. - The built in speakers pretty much blow, but I wasn't expecting much from them and only checked them out for the sake of this review. - There is a small shelf that you can set your tablet or phone on to watch media while you're exercising. It blocks the main display, but I actually like that so I'm not just staring at how many minutes I have left in the workout. However, if you place a regular iPad-sized tablet a bit too far to the left, it seems to interfere with receiving the signal from a chest strap. Setting my iPhone 6 Plus there in landscape mode doesn't seem to bother it. Not a huge deal for me, but something to keep in mind. - It would be nice if the built in fan had a little more oomph. Lastly, for me, the calorie count is always pretty far off of what would be expected. However, as mentioned earlier, I'm am fairly over the maximum weight for the bike. When you configure your user on the bike's console, it doesn't allow you to put in a weight above 325. Obviously that would have some bearing on the calorie count being different. I've been using my Apple Watch to figure out a more accurate assessment. However, it's probably worth noting that even if my weight was exactly 325, the count given by the bike is no where near what most formulas found online would indicate. I suspect this is mainly due to not factoring in an average heart rate, but I don't know for sure. The iPhone app is functional, if a bit rudimentary. Linking workout data to My Fitness Pal works very well, although I manually modify the calorie count on the My Fitness Pal web site. Bottom line, however, is if you are looking for something to get yourself going on a path to better fitness or less weight, the bike is great. I actually really enjoy exercising with it. My plan is that once I've lost some of this weight and in somewhat better condition, I'll invest in a treadmill. For now, though, the bike serves my needs and I'm already seeing slight improvements in the stability of my knees and ankles. Most importantly, exercising combined with a better diet has already resulted in getting a few pounds off.;;Reviewed in the United States on May 31, 2017;;4.0 out of 5 stars;;Great option to get exercising for us larger folks;;Randy

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Top Amazon Reviews


5.0 out of 5 stars
By Triple C - Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2017
Smooth Ride!
In summary, this is an excellent exercise bike with all the bells and whistles. A great addition to my home gym. After trying Schwinn 270 recumbent bike at my local sporting goods store (Dick's Sporting Goods) and liking it a lot, I was contemplating between the 270 and the 230. Basically there are three main differences: (1) The 270 has 25 levels of resistance versus 20 levels for the 230. (2) The seat has cushion on the 270 while the 230 has a plastic seat with holes for airflow. (3) The 270 could have up to 4 saved profiles and the 230 could have 2. Number of profiles on the 270 might be a good feature for folks who would share the bike with more than 2 people but I was only sharing with my wife so it wasn't a big deal for me. And since the 230 is a new model (2016 vs. 2013), I decided to go with the 230 and I couldn't be happier. Before I talk about pros and cons, I just wanted to talk just a little bit about myself so you get a better perspective. I'm 5'9'', male, 160 lbs, in my 30s, in a relatively good shape but nothing close to a triathlon athlete or body builder. I'm just a casual rider who puts in about 30-45 minutes, 2-3 times a week. Pros: - The bike has a very smooth ride on all resistances. No squick, no thump, just a smooth sound of a well-oil machine probably very close to those heavy duty commercial grade exercise bikes you see at the gym. - Slider seat is so easy to adjust. I know for this price range, this is a requirement especially when two of us are sharing this bike adjusting back and forth. - Sturdy! Of course as I described above I'm not testing this bike to it max limits since I'm just an average guy with average use but so far, nothing is shaking and nothing is loose. - Low impact on your knees and joints but you could probably say the same on all bikes and elliptical machines. - Programs. Many programs to choose from. Some are fun while others I'm never going back to but that's just based on my personal preference. - Two LCD monitors. This allows me to put my iPad on top while I keep track of my workout on the bottom LCD. - Great, knowledgeable and friendly customer service. Registering product and basic troubleshooting were easy. - Assembly wasn't a rocket science. It seems all the parts that you think could be assembled in the factory, they assembled in the factory so good job Schwinn. But that doesn't mean I only spent 3 minutes putting this bike together like putting a hot pocket in a microwave. Think of the assembly process as preparing a delicious food using a slow cooker. It takes time but not difficult if you know what I mean ;) So I would say 1-2 hours depending on your skills. Cons: - 2 Profiles. Now this is not a con for me since I'm only sharing this bike with my wife but if you have 3 or more people sharing and want to save your workout results and progress, you can't do it with this bike. The 270 allows 4 profiles just as an FYI. - The front panel / LCD dashboard does not look like the one shown on the Amazon page. Please refer to my picture. It is less shiny and you will notice the logo on top is not red in real life. Also the buttons are the same color as the panel but when you look at the picture on Amazon it is darker and shinier. This is definitely not a deal breaker and maybe I'm just being picky but I just wanted to note. - Plastic seat and back. I personally haven't had any discomfort riding on a plastic seat but I could see that this may be slightly uncomfortable if you ride more frequently. Again, this is an exercise bike not a La-Z-Boy recliner so I expect less comfort from this bike. But then again, I could see that this could potentially be an issue. Another note - I also purchased Supermats Heavy Duty P.V.C. Mat for Treadmills/Ski Machine (2.5-Feet x 6-Feet) to go with this bike in case you are wondering. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004IJI7HW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

4.0 out of 5 stars
By Randy - Reviewed in the United States on May 31, 2017
Great option to get exercising for us larger folks
Been using the bike for almost two weeks now. Overall, I think it's a great piece of equipment with just a few caveats mentioned below. I went with a recumbent bike for several reasons, but mainly because my knees can't hold up to the stress of a treadmill yet. I'm a fairly large individual who is needing to lose weight to make sure I'm around to see my son grow up. First, the bike is rated for a maximum weight of 325 lbs. I'm more in the 350 range, but I decided to take a chance that the max weight is probably less than what the bike can actually support. Fortunately, I was correct in this assumption. However, if you are above the maximum weight, just know that you are using the bike at your own risk. The main thing to understand though, is that for performing cardio exercise, the bike is great. It's quiet, doesn't draw a ton of electricity, is well made, and isn't too difficult to put together. The features all work as advertised, with some minor exceptions I'll get to in a moment. When the bike arrived, it's in a single large cardboard box. It's somewhat heavy, although my wife and I who are every bit the opposite of body builders didn't have too much trouble moving it upstairs to it's designated spot. I did the assembly myself which took about an hour or so. Tools are included with the bike, but if you have a set of allen wrenches and a couple of decent phillips head screw drivers, you'll probably want to use those. The assembly instructions were pretty good, consisting of just diagrams. The seat is reasonably comfortable, even given my... ahem... larger size. The built in programs seem to be pretty good, but I'm not much of an expert on how effective they are for various goals. I have been using the intervals program mainly since my goals are primarily weight loss and improved cardio fitness. Changing resistance levels is very straight forward. One thing I highly recommend is visiting the Schwinn website and downloading the manual for the 2017 model (as mentioned by another reviewer), as there are some differences with the various features between the provided paper manual and how they actually work. So what are the negatives? - The built-in heart rate contacts on the side handles are flaky at best. If you want to monitor your heart rate, you'll definitely want to order the Polar T31 Non-Coded Transmitter and Belt Set. It works very well with the 270. It does occasionally give an anomalous reading where it looks like your heart rate jumps by 10 or so bpm for a moment, but other than that, it's been very useful. Just don't get a "coded" Polar chest strap as it won't work with the bike. - The built in speakers pretty much blow, but I wasn't expecting much from them and only checked them out for the sake of this review. - There is a small shelf that you can set your tablet or phone on to watch media while you're exercising. It blocks the main display, but I actually like that so I'm not just staring at how many minutes I have left in the workout. However, if you place a regular iPad-sized tablet a bit too far to the left, it seems to interfere with receiving the signal from a chest strap. Setting my iPhone 6 Plus there in landscape mode doesn't seem to bother it. Not a huge deal for me, but something to keep in mind. - It would be nice if the built in fan had a little more oomph. Lastly, for me, the calorie count is always pretty far off of what would be expected. However, as mentioned earlier, I'm am fairly over the maximum weight for the bike. When you configure your user on the bike's console, it doesn't allow you to put in a weight above 325. Obviously that would have some bearing on the calorie count being different. I've been using my Apple Watch to figure out a more accurate assessment. However, it's probably worth noting that even if my weight was exactly 325, the count given by the bike is no where near what most formulas found online would indicate. I suspect this is mainly due to not factoring in an average heart rate, but I don't know for sure. The iPhone app is functional, if a bit rudimentary. Linking workout data to My Fitness Pal works very well, although I manually modify the calorie count on the My Fitness Pal web site. Bottom line, however, is if you are looking for something to get yourself going on a path to better fitness or less weight, the bike is great. I actually really enjoy exercising with it. My plan is that once I've lost some of this weight and in somewhat better condition, I'll invest in a treadmill. For now, though, the bike serves my needs and I'm already seeing slight improvements in the stability of my knees and ankles. Most importantly, exercising combined with a better diet has already resulted in getting a few pounds off.

Recent Reviews


5.0 out of 5 stars
By Triple C - Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2017
Smooth Ride!
In summary, this is an excellent exercise bike with all the bells and whistles. A great addition to my home gym. After trying Schwinn 270 recumbent bike at my local sporting goods store (Dick's Sporting Goods) and liking it a lot, I was contemplating between the 270 and the 230. Basically there are three main differences: (1) The 270 has 25 levels of resistance versus 20 levels for the 230. (2) The seat has cushion on the 270 while the 230 has a plastic seat with holes for airflow. (3) The 270 could have up to 4 saved profiles and the 230 could have 2. Number of profiles on the 270 might be a good feature for folks who would share the bike with more than 2 people but I was only sharing with my wife so it wasn't a big deal for me. And since the 230 is a new model (2016 vs. 2013), I decided to go with the 230 and I couldn't be happier. Before I talk about pros and cons, I just wanted to talk just a little bit about myself so you get a better perspective. I'm 5'9'', male, 160 lbs, in my 30s, in a relatively good shape but nothing close to a triathlon athlete or body builder. I'm just a casual rider who puts in about 30-45 minutes, 2-3 times a week. Pros: - The bike has a very smooth ride on all resistances. No squick, no thump, just a smooth sound of a well-oil machine probably very close to those heavy duty commercial grade exercise bikes you see at the gym. - Slider seat is so easy to adjust. I know for this price range, this is a requirement especially when two of us are sharing this bike adjusting back and forth. - Sturdy! Of course as I described above I'm not testing this bike to it max limits since I'm just an average guy with average use but so far, nothing is shaking and nothing is loose. - Low impact on your knees and joints but you could probably say the same on all bikes and elliptical machines. - Programs. Many programs to choose from. Some are fun while others I'm never going back to but that's just based on my personal preference. - Two LCD monitors. This allows me to put my iPad on top while I keep track of my workout on the bottom LCD. - Great, knowledgeable and friendly customer service. Registering product and basic troubleshooting were easy. - Assembly wasn't a rocket science. It seems all the parts that you think could be assembled in the factory, they assembled in the factory so good job Schwinn. But that doesn't mean I only spent 3 minutes putting this bike together like putting a hot pocket in a microwave. Think of the assembly process as preparing a delicious food using a slow cooker. It takes time but not difficult if you know what I mean ;) So I would say 1-2 hours depending on your skills. Cons: - 2 Profiles. Now this is not a con for me since I'm only sharing this bike with my wife but if you have 3 or more people sharing and want to save your workout results and progress, you can't do it with this bike. The 270 allows 4 profiles just as an FYI. - The front panel / LCD dashboard does not look like the one shown on the Amazon page. Please refer to my picture. It is less shiny and you will notice the logo on top is not red in real life. Also the buttons are the same color as the panel but when you look at the picture on Amazon it is darker and shinier. This is definitely not a deal breaker and maybe I'm just being picky but I just wanted to note. - Plastic seat and back. I personally haven't had any discomfort riding on a plastic seat but I could see that this may be slightly uncomfortable if you ride more frequently. Again, this is an exercise bike not a La-Z-Boy recliner so I expect less comfort from this bike. But then again, I could see that this could potentially be an issue. Another note - I also purchased Supermats Heavy Duty P.V.C. Mat for Treadmills/Ski Machine (2.5-Feet x 6-Feet) to go with this bike in case you are wondering. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004IJI7HW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

4.0 out of 5 stars
By Randy - Reviewed in the United States on May 31, 2017
Great option to get exercising for us larger folks
Been using the bike for almost two weeks now. Overall, I think it's a great piece of equipment with just a few caveats mentioned below. I went with a recumbent bike for several reasons, but mainly because my knees can't hold up to the stress of a treadmill yet. I'm a fairly large individual who is needing to lose weight to make sure I'm around to see my son grow up. First, the bike is rated for a maximum weight of 325 lbs. I'm more in the 350 range, but I decided to take a chance that the max weight is probably less than what the bike can actually support. Fortunately, I was correct in this assumption. However, if you are above the maximum weight, just know that you are using the bike at your own risk. The main thing to understand though, is that for performing cardio exercise, the bike is great. It's quiet, doesn't draw a ton of electricity, is well made, and isn't too difficult to put together. The features all work as advertised, with some minor exceptions I'll get to in a moment. When the bike arrived, it's in a single large cardboard box. It's somewhat heavy, although my wife and I who are every bit the opposite of body builders didn't have too much trouble moving it upstairs to it's designated spot. I did the assembly myself which took about an hour or so. Tools are included with the bike, but if you have a set of allen wrenches and a couple of decent phillips head screw drivers, you'll probably want to use those. The assembly instructions were pretty good, consisting of just diagrams. The seat is reasonably comfortable, even given my... ahem... larger size. The built in programs seem to be pretty good, but I'm not much of an expert on how effective they are for various goals. I have been using the intervals program mainly since my goals are primarily weight loss and improved cardio fitness. Changing resistance levels is very straight forward. One thing I highly recommend is visiting the Schwinn website and downloading the manual for the 2017 model (as mentioned by another reviewer), as there are some differences with the various features between the provided paper manual and how they actually work. So what are the negatives? - The built-in heart rate contacts on the side handles are flaky at best. If you want to monitor your heart rate, you'll definitely want to order the Polar T31 Non-Coded Transmitter and Belt Set. It works very well with the 270. It does occasionally give an anomalous reading where it looks like your heart rate jumps by 10 or so bpm for a moment, but other than that, it's been very useful. Just don't get a "coded" Polar chest strap as it won't work with the bike. - The built in speakers pretty much blow, but I wasn't expecting much from them and only checked them out for the sake of this review. - There is a small shelf that you can set your tablet or phone on to watch media while you're exercising. It blocks the main display, but I actually like that so I'm not just staring at how many minutes I have left in the workout. However, if you place a regular iPad-sized tablet a bit too far to the left, it seems to interfere with receiving the signal from a chest strap. Setting my iPhone 6 Plus there in landscape mode doesn't seem to bother it. Not a huge deal for me, but something to keep in mind. - It would be nice if the built in fan had a little more oomph. Lastly, for me, the calorie count is always pretty far off of what would be expected. However, as mentioned earlier, I'm am fairly over the maximum weight for the bike. When you configure your user on the bike's console, it doesn't allow you to put in a weight above 325. Obviously that would have some bearing on the calorie count being different. I've been using my Apple Watch to figure out a more accurate assessment. However, it's probably worth noting that even if my weight was exactly 325, the count given by the bike is no where near what most formulas found online would indicate. I suspect this is mainly due to not factoring in an average heart rate, but I don't know for sure. The iPhone app is functional, if a bit rudimentary. Linking workout data to My Fitness Pal works very well, although I manually modify the calorie count on the My Fitness Pal web site. Bottom line, however, is if you are looking for something to get yourself going on a path to better fitness or less weight, the bike is great. I actually really enjoy exercising with it. My plan is that once I've lost some of this weight and in somewhat better condition, I'll invest in a treadmill. For now, though, the bike serves my needs and I'm already seeing slight improvements in the stability of my knees and ankles. Most importantly, exercising combined with a better diet has already resulted in getting a few pounds off.