Schwinn Air Dyne Exercise Bike Review
The Airdyne® Exercise Bike is simply smart. Wind resistance is exponential, so the harder you pedal,the higher the resistance becomes. This naturally provides the right workout for both a novice exerciser and an elite athlete.
Schwinn Air Dyne Exercise Bike Review by Bill
I bought one of these in 1988. It was already -quite- old, (probably from 1977, the first year it was made, which means the 30 year warrantee is -still- in effect!), and not well taken care of. Whatever abuse it took only made it a little dirty. It’s almost 2007, and it’s still working perfectly. The all-steel construction has kept it repair-free while newer machines go into the garbage. Different year models come with different monitors, so I won’t go into that, but the machine itself is always the same: No shifting. The fan-resistance increases with pedaling speed. Arms and legs contribute whatever proportions of the total effort you desire, a very natural intuitive movement. For arms only, there’s a foot-rest, for legs only, just hang your arms at your sides. (The Airdyne is not a bicycle, not a ‘spinner’, it is a thing unto itself, but unless road-bike technique is an issue, it will do more than spinning can do for your fitness.)The warrantee, or any other right to complaint, is probably voided if you stand up while pedaling, but I’ve been able to stand on these pedals for all these years, and the combination of arms and legs while out of the seat is the most intense workout available on a home cycle. (I did eventually get a Schwinn ‘Windsprint’, because it shifts to increase pedal pressure, but it doesn’t ‘do’ arms. This is still the single best home cycle.)
Schwinn Air Dyne Exercise Bike Review by Robert
I only bought this product for one reason–I wore my first one out at the equivalent of 30,800 miles. It only took about 20 years. It gives me the workoutI want, hence I bought this second one. I hope they are still on the market when I wear this one out–I should be about 90 then.
Schwinn Air Dyne Exercise Bike Review by Jared
Quality 5 stars out of 5
Deceptively simple torture. The schwinn airdyne is a beast! Easy enough for the most novice user, but ready to take down the toughest of them all. Great for interval/sprint work and gets the job done well.
(Posted on 8/10/11)
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The Schwinn Air Dyne has a Patented Air Resistance Technology. Our unique air resistance system is based on exponential resistance, which simply means that the harder you work, the greater the workout. The Airdyne flywheel and compact Evolution fanwheel on Schwinn’s wind-based products provide smooth resistance while cooling the user during the workout. Schwinn’s wind products are ideal for both fitness and rehabilitative use.
Schwinn Air Dyne Exercise Bike Features:
* Resistance-based braking creates zero friction and provides considerably less maintenance than other, more complex systems
* Sealed cartridge bearings provide smooth ride, reliability and extra-long life
* Durable steel frame helps ensure a quiet ride
* Small, quiet fan-wheel cools user during exercise
* Low step-over height makes mounting and dismounting easy
* Ideal for rehabilitative use
Frame – 30 Years; Parts – 3 Years; Electronics – 3 Years; Labor – 1 Year; Wear Items – 1 Year
More Schwinn Air Dyne Exercise Bike Review by Joshua F.
5 out of 5 stars
The Schwinn Airdyne Upright is a classic – virtually unchanged for at least 20 years (I used them at Columbia University’s gym back in college in the early 80s in essentially their current form). The lack of evolution speaks to their excellent functionality. The Airdyne differs from most exercise bikes in having a large air-resistance flywheel instead of a smaller heavier flywheel with mechanical friction or an electric magnetic resistance flywheel that needs power and the electronics head to operate it. The advantages are fourfold: 1) the larger flywheel is exceptionally smooth, 2) the air resistance is naturally graduated (i.e. the faster you pedal, the greater the wind resistance and the harder it gets to pedal). This resistance approach means you organically find your level by pacing – with no need to ever set resistance manually. 3) The air resistance flywheel kicks up wind that cools you as you work out. 4) Mechanical resistance devices tend to wear out first – becoming bumpy or uneven; magnetic resistance units become unusable if the electronics head stops working. The air resistance scheme is simpler and is built with tremendous durability. I’ve owned my Airdyne for 12 years and it has been perfectly reliable the whole time – and it has been moved 3 times and has taken a real beating. The Airdyne’s handles are linked to the pedals, encouraging you to work out your arms at the same time. The upper body workout gets most of the arm and a good involvement of the chest and shoulders too. The unit is battleship built of stamped and welded steel – just like a Schwinn bike. The chain is enclosed for safety – and a safety lock lets you prevent things from moving when you move the unit (it moves on small integrated wheels in front). You need those wheels because the Airdyne is big and heavy. This translates to excellent stability when in use.
Is the Airdyne the perfect workout machine? There are some drawbacks: The air flow is nice – but it’s noisy too. This makes it hard to watch TV or work out with others in the room. The big wind can send papers flying. The upperbody workout can be distracting from the biking rhythm. I wish there were an alternate set of handlebars that didn’t move for when you just want to bear down and spin. The handlebars only allow an overhanded and underhanded grip. I wish the handles curved up at the ends so you could hold them vertically like ski poles. This would result in a more natural arm motion. The big padded seat is comfortable as bikes go – but that’s not saying much. Bike exercise has the disadvantage of not being weight bearing – but this is a quibble. My heart monitor confirms you can definitely get your cardio rate up on a bike. Did I mention this unit is big and heavy? The little wheels help – but moving this bike isn’t a casual exercise. Finally, despite the clear efforts at safety, ther are still places where cat’s tails and children’s fingers can be pinched when in use(notably where the handlebars link to the pedals with long metal bars near the bottom of the unit).
If you like to use an exercise bike to work out, and don’t mind some noise and wind, the Airdyne will give you a great workout – keep you cool – and last basically for ever.
Followup 10/08: The computer on mine stopped working recently after 14 years – but it doesn’t matter to me (I seldom used it anyway). The computer displayed time, rpm, distance, an arbitrary “workout level”. It didn’t do heart rate so I tend to use a wrist mounted heart monitor which times the workout for my anyway. I could probably buy a replacement computer but I’m not going to bother. The fact is that this bike works fine without it. Try that with any newfangled bike. This bike is like the old Nikon F camera – which mentioned in the instructions that if you accidentally dropped it in seawater you should rinse it in fresh water and then dry it with the film door opened in a an oven set at lowest temperature for an hour! That’s how they used to make gear!
Schwinn Air Dyne Exercise Bike Review by C. Brown
I’m a very heavy guy who is trying to get it together. I use the treadmill, but frankly it hurts in my knees shins and back so bad I can’t get get a hard workout on it. I bought this airdyne bike at one of those second hand sports shops purely on a whim. I saw it and was admiring the quality of it, wondering if it will hold my weight. It looked so sturdy compared to the plastic clad pieces of junk everywhere else I had looked. Other exercise bikes except the top of the line recumbent bikes have a cap at 300 max, some less than that. I would try them out and they wobbled and groaned under my weight. The guy said can you believe that bike is 30 yrs old? The odometer says it has over 2,000 miles on it. I said well it looks great and he invited me to try it. I said if it breaks under my weight I’m not to blame, and he just smiled and said it could take way more than what I could dish out. Well that was history. Even at over 300lbs this bike never groaned or moaned or wobbled or creaked or in any way acted like it was going to give up. It is built solid as a rock. Everything works great, the action is smooth and I’m getting a work out like I’ve never had in my life. I went from struggling off a couple pounds a week to dropping 7-10 a week. Can’t say enough good about this machine. When it finally busts I’m gonna buy another and another. But if this is an indication.. I doubt I will ever wear this one out in my lifetime. It may actually be saving my life. No knee pain, and no foot pain, which is a problem I’ve had on other stationary bikes. Only one bad thing and that is the seat is pretty firm. I had to kinda angle it down a tad because it was hurting my ‘bits and pieces’. I’m going to see if I can replace the seat with one of those that has the cutaway front. But I think with continued weight loss it is going to hurt less and less. Either that or I’ll eventually develop a callus on the effected area, ha ha.