You might recognize the design of the Schwinn bike by its resemblance to outdoor cycles regarding structure and features. It is primarily used with high-intensity workouts by those looking to get a competitive edge in the classroom or to transfer their skills to the outdoor bike.
The Schwinn is more than just an easy bike. Its focus is to explore new environments for the rider. It also gives you the best possible experience of outdoor variety from your home.
Why the Outdoors?
The Schwinn was designed to mimic the feel and mentality of an outdoor ride. For those times when you wish you were in the middle of a pack or simply enjoying a nice summer ride, this bike is as close as you can get to that outdoor mentality. The variable, long handlebars give it a feel not too unlike its friction-based counterparts.
The lack of sound during use is due in most part to the use of a magnetic resistance system — six, genuine magnets. These magnets eliminate much of the noise usually generated by friction. Many of its sophisticated parts, such as the flywheel, never touch any part of the bike that is in motion. This adds additional time to the life of the machine in general. With many of the parts independent from one another, you won’t have to worry about wear or destruction.
The pedals on this bike can be either clip-in or toe-clip variation, which will save the rider money if they don’t have the particular clip-on cleat that is required of the clip-in pedal.
One notable feature about the Schwinn is its lack of a sophisticated computer system that tracks time, speed, calories, etc. It’s not too dissimilar from what you would see in a gym in that it only records the session you just completed. Perhaps this was done to mimic the outdoor cycles as much as possible, but the original price tag is still high regardless.
If you desire a console to help track your progress, the Schwinn is compatible with some attachable consoles such as the Mpower consoles, and in particular the Mpower Echelon console. This console provides, among other things, the usual stat trackers along with an LCD backlight.
Belts and Differentiated Parts
Compared to other indoor cycles, the Schwinn’s belt drive is designed to be easily constructed and maintained through Carbon Blue Technology. The new belt drive enables the bike to run more quietly, which you may see on newer and more advanced bikes across a variety of designs.
The bike is made of aluminum which resists rust and other over-time problems that can occur with metals. If you’re not too keen on the science and engineering aspects of bike construction, the Schwinn will last you a very long time.
The Schwinn’s notable departure from indoor designs to a closely aligned outdoor design is what separates it from other cycles. For that reason, the price is still very high, but this is why it is made directly for those who either want to taste the outdoor riding experience from their own home or those who are looking to leap indoor to outdoor cycling.