The Schwinn 250 recumbent exercise bike is the updated version of the older 240 model. There are a few subtle differences between the two models, mainly to do with the console. The ergonomic wide seat on the 250 is very accommodating and gets you settled in nice and comfortably for your workout.
The bike is really solid and stable, you will be able to go out your workout sessions without holding back and the bike will be able to take the pressure well. The stabilizer bars at the front and back do a great job of keeping the Schwinn 250 free from any wobbles throughout the workout.
Although a recumbent bike is designed for comfort, you still need it to be at the right size for you to be able to work out effectively on it. The seat on the 250 will move backwards and forwards and lock into place once you have found the best positioning for you. This is very easy to change whenever you want.
There are transport wheels fitted to the Schwinn 250 so you can easily wheel it into the corner of the room, or wherever you want to store it once you have finished your workout. This is perfect for a home use piece of equipment so it does not take up all of the room in your home.
Video overview of the Schwinn 250
A closer look at the Schwinn 250 recumbent exercise bike
Workout programs and resistance levels
With the 17 workout programs you have available to you with the Schwinn 250, you can really diversify your training sessions. The programs are divided into different categories that will allow you to achieve various goals. You get 8 different profile courses, a quick start course which is great for those looking to get their heart beating fast.
A long distance program for the more endurance minded, and a fitness test too. Then there are 3 heart rate programs. So the variety is extensive and will really help you to progress and achieve your goals quicker.
You also get 16 resistance levels too. This ensures that the Schwinn 250 elliptical can be used by the whole family and each one of you can find the best resistance levels to work out too. The range between the easiest to the hardest of resistance levels is large, so people of all levels will be able to use this bike and still get their optimal resistance to work out too.
User console panel
The user console on the Schwinn 250 is slightly different than the 240 model. It has a cleaner look and the display on the 250 is colored and features a race track so you can see how far you have gone and how far you have left on the course you are using.
The console on the Schwinn 250 also has two speakers built into it; although they are certainly do not produce the greatest of sounds. But for your workout purposes they are sufficient. You can plug your MP3 player into the port and then play the music through the speakers.
The fan still does not have much improvement from before, and will not keep you sufficiently cooled during your workout. This is not usually such a big deal for home use equipment, as there are usually fans or air conditioning available. But this seems to be the one area that many manufacturers cannot get right.
The Schwinn 250 is certainly of a manageable size and should not take up too much space in your home. Being able to wheel it around on the transport wheels is also a very convenient feature to have too. The actual dimensions for the 250 are as follows:
- Length = 63 inches
- Width = 25 inches
- Height = 46 inches
- Weight = 117 pounds
- Weigh capacity = 300 pounds
If you like to read while you are on the bike there is a convenient reading rack. This will enable you to hold up your book or magazine, or even place your iPad on there so you can watch a movie while you train. There is also a water bottle holder that is built into the console, so you can keep yourself hydrated throughout your workout.
Overall thoughts on the Schwinn 250 recumbent exercise bike
This is a nice bike and it has improved from the 240, even with the few subtle changes that it did make. But Schwinn never really seem to make any duff products, they always seem to provide the quality that consumers are looking for at a very affordable price. The Schwinn 250 is a basic recumbent bike, and provides very good quality drive and features. It is extremely durable and should last you a very long time. Certainly worth the cost of this unit too.