Schwinn 170 Upright Bike Review

Schwinn 170 upright bike review

Price

Pros

Bluetooth, drink holder, quiet, lightly padded handlebars

Cons

Calorie counter

Summary

This bike is one of the most customizable upright bikes you’ll find on the market. It gives you lots of workout programs to choose from, and can wirelessly sync your workout data to online fitness websites.

Our Rating

86/100

Manufacturer

There are lots of stationary bikes out there to choose from. If you decide to look for an upright bike, you’ll need to know what kinds of features make it distinct from a recumbent bike or even an elliptical.

A few things that most upright bikes have in common is:

  • A padded seat with no backrest
    padded seat with no backrest
  • Long handles to rest your arms on while working out
  • Different resistance levels
  • bicycle
    Display(s) to read information about your workout

An upright bike can offer a more effective workout than a recumbent bike.

While recumbent bikes allow you to sit back and recline in a seat that has a backrest, an upright bike has a seat with no backrest. This makes the user flex their core muscles while working out so they can maintain their balance on the seat.

A few things that help the Schwinn 170 Upright Bike stand out from the crowd include:

  • 29 different workout programs
  • Dual LCD displays to read information
  • 25 different levels of resistance
  • Conveniently placed heart rate grip

An Overview of the Schwinn 170 Upright Bike

To help you get a better feel for the bike’s design, here are some main specs:

DIMENSIONS: 41'' x 21'' x 56''
SEAT: Contoured and thickly padded and is fore and aft adjustable
WEIGHT CAPACITY: 300 lbs
RESISTANCE TYPE: 25 levels of eddy current resistance
DISPLAY TYLE: 2 backlit LCD displays
NUMBER OF PROGRAMS: 29
PRICE: Check latest price on Amazon.com

The Schwinn 170 Upright bike is a good choice if you want variability in your workouts.

There are a total of 29 different programs and profiles to choose from, making it easy to find one that meets your specific needs.

Schwinn 170 LCD

A couple of Schwinn stationary bikes have similar programs, but here are the different programs and profiles included with the bike in case you’re not sure what they are:

  • 12  profiles
     profiles
  • 9 heart rate control programs
  • 4 custom user-defined programs
  • play
    2 fitness tests
  • play
    1 recovery test
  • play
    1 quick-start program

This bike also has a familiar Schwinn feature – dual LCD displays. The console features 2 blue backlit LCD window displays where you can read different types of workout feedback. The displays are 3” by 5” and 1” by 5”.

Onboard the console, you also have some other cool features besides the dual LCD screens. There is a 3-speed fan built into the console that cools you off during your workout. There are also two small built-in speakers that provide big and clear sound.

You can also find a USB port on the console that allows you to charge your phone or music player as well as export data to Schwinn Connect and MyFitnessPal, which are online tools to help you track your fitness data in depth.

Things We Like

One specific feature that we unexpectedly found on the bike was Bluetooth capability.

This feature makes it a breeze to sync your fitness data to Schwinn Connect and MyFitnessPal. If you don’t want to use a USB cable to transfer your data, you can use the wireless Bluetooth option to do so.

We also like the oversized drink holder on the side of the bike. Not only can it hold your water bottle, it can hold your phone, music player, or even your tablet.

The lightly padded handlebars on either side of the console are comfortable to lean on while exercising. They are lightly padded to ensure your arms don’t become fatigued from resting on them.

Another thing we liked about this bike is that it is surprisingly quiet. The bike features a high-speed high-inertia perimeter-weighted flywheel that makes very little noise as you exercise.

Inside the House Riding a Schwinn 170

Things We Don’t Like

The bike’s instructions lack some clarity. You will have to really take your time when setting up the bike to ensure you put it together correctly.

The calorie and travel time counters may be a little off when tracking your workout.

Because people vary in their weights and level of workout intensity, the number of calories you burn per workout, as well as the time it takes you to reach certain goals, will vary. The bike seems to give users an estimated number of calories burned and an approximate travel time rather than exact measurements for this data.

Buying Advice

Amazon has some of the best deals around, including good deals on this bike. You can get the Schwinn 170 Upright Bike for around $750. You can also bundle the bike with a Schwinn exercise mat which costs around $800.

If you’re trying to decide whether or not to purchase Expert Assembly, it might be a good idea to purchase it if you want the peace of mind knowing that your bike was assembled correctly.

You can purchase the Expert Assembly for around $88, and it includes assembly of your bike per the bike’s included instructions. The assembly does not include moving the bike to specific locations within your home. The average Expert Assembly time is 2 hours.

You might also want to invest in an extended protection plan for your bike. These types of plans cover things like repair and labor charges if you ever need your bike repaired. A couple of things that are included in extended protection plans are:

  • 24/7 customer support
  • Parts and labor for repairs that are covered by the manufacturer warranty
  • Free shipping on all repair parts
  • Free in-home service for repairs that are covered by the manufacturer warranty

Conclusion

This bike is one of the most customizable upright bikes you’ll find on the market. It gives you lots of workout programs to choose from, and can wirelessly sync your workout data to online fitness websites.

This bike is also great for multiple users since it stores up to 4 separate user profiles.

If you want a stationary upright bike that can meet your unique fitness needs while being comfortable and tech-friendly, give the Schwinn 170 Upright Bike a try.


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Product Name & Award

Overall Score

Price Range

Resistance Type

# Of Programs

Max. Weight

$$$

Wind

6

300 lbs

$$$

Magnetic

22

300 lbs

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Magnetic

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< 300 lbs

This post was last updated on July 2nd, 2018 at 09:55 am

About the Author Max Shumpert

Over the last few years, I’ve taken my love of the outdoors, hiking, skiing, trekking and exploring to the next level by starting this site. I started a bike shop in Denver, CO, and have seen amazing growth over the last few years. Getting paid to do what I love has been a dream come true for me. That’s also what led me to start BikesReviewed.com. In my shop, I spend a large amount of time helping people find the perfect bike for them and the style of biking they’re going to be doing. It only made sense that I expanded my reach and got online, making it possible for me to help people all over the world. If biking and staying fit is your priority, too, you’ve come to the right place.

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