Schwinn AD6 Airdyne Exercise Bike Review

Schwinn AD6 Airdyne Side Review

Price

Pros

Fan, design, lightweight

Cons

LCD in dark rooms

Summary

This bike offers an unlimited amount of resistance via a fan, so people can use the bike to increase their endurance, improve their cardio function, and burn fat.

Our Rating

80/100

Manufacturer

Finding time to go to a gym to exercise can be difficult to do with work, family, and social obligations. However, if you purchase an exercise bike, you can workout at home whenever you have a few minutes to spare.

As you’re shopping for an exercise bike, you will notice there are several different types that come with different tools to help you track your progress while exercising. One of the more unusual looking exercise bikes is the Schwinn AD6 Airdyne Exercise Bike.

Instead of a regular stationary bike wheel, this Schwinn model features a fan, which helps to provide higher levels of resistance the faster you pedal.

Introducing the Schwinn AD6 Airdyne Exercise Bike

DIMENSIONS: 49.7'' x 25.7'' x 50.9''
SEAT: Extra-padded with an anatomic design
SEAT-HEIGHT: Tested for users five feet tall and above
WEIGHT CAPACITY: 300lbs
RESISTANCE TYPE: Wind resistance via the frictionless fan
DISPLAY TYPE: High-resolution LCD
NUMBER OF PROGRAMS: 6
PRICE: Check latest price on Amazon.com

This exercise bike offers an unlimited amount of resistance due to its frictionless fan.

Instead of needing to set a resistance level, as you would on most stationary bikes, you just need to pedal faster. The wind resistance can help people with arthritic knees to avoid injuries.

Despite having a big fan for a wheel, the bike has a compact design so you can store it in a large closet or move it to another part of your room when it’s not in use. The total weight of the bike is only 115 pounds, so with the transport wheels, it is easy to move.

It has a sturdy frame made from metal, and there are four levelers to keep it stable while you're exercising. The bike also features a thickly padded seat to make riding it more comfortable. The seat also has an anatomic design, which makes it comfortable for either men or women to sit on while exercising.

The seat height is adjustable, and Schwinn tests the height for people who are at least five feet tall. Someone who is under five feet may have problems reaching the handlebars, but they do move, so once they are in hand, shorter users should be able to work out comfortably.

The large console displays readings for:

  • Time
  • Speed
  • Distance
  • Watts remaining
  • Calories burned.
  • Pulse

It can also track your heartbeat through a telemetry system, but the chest strap needs to be bought separately.

The Schwinn AD6 Airdyne Exercise Bike also has an RPM gauge, which makes it easier to track your efforts during a bike workout program.

Since the handlebars move when you’re cycling, the bike not only helps work your legs and build your stamina, but you will get an upper body workout as well. However, the handlebars can be set not to move if you're concentrating on working out your leg muscles.

What We Like

There are many things to like about this exercise bike, especially the fan since it helps provide an infinite amount of resistance. There isn’t a knob to turn or a button to press to change the resistance. Instead, the faster you pedal, the more resistance it produces.

The fan is made to be frictionless, so it makes very little noise when you’re pedaling the bike. Also, the frictionless design makes exercising on it easier on the body, so even if you have arthritic joints, you should be able to work out comfortably.

Schwinn AD6 Airdyne Wheel Review

The LCD console is also nice because it provides metrics for tracking your progress and the readout features large numbers. It provides an RPM reading above the metrics, which makes it easy to determine how hard you’re working while you’re exercising.

The numbers on the console are always on display so that you can check the metrics at any time. Displays on other exercise bikes will usually go into an energy savings mode, so the screen needs to be awakened again to read the numbers.

The compact design makes it easier to store in a large closet, another room of the house, or in the corner of a room when it's not in use. The bike is lightweight, weighing only 115 lbs., so it is easy to move on its transport wheels when it is time to exercise.

What We Don’t Like

As nice as the Schwinn AD6 Airdyne Exercise Bike is, it does have some flaws. The main flaw is probably the LCD.

While it displays the metrics in large numbers, the LCD screen is not backlit. It is easy to read when there is plenty of light, but, if you’re working out at night and the lights in the room are dim, the readout can be difficult to see.

Although the transport wheels work well on hard surfaces, the bike can be difficult to move over carpets with medium or high piles.

Buying Advice

Schwinn AD6 Airdyne Review

If you want the convenience of a good stationary bike in your home, then the Schwinn AD6 Exercise bike is a good choice. It offers an unlimited amount of resistance via a fan, so people can use the bike to increase their endurance, improve their cardio function, and burn fat.

The LCD console is easy to read and has an RPM readout, which keeps track of your effort while you're working out. However, you will need to keep a light on to read the display at night.

With the extra padded, anatomically designed seat, and the seat height adjustments, anyone five feet tall and up can easily use the bike. Also, it is suitable for people who are heavy-set so they can reach their goals too.

Conclusion

Whether you want the convenience of an exercise bike in your house so you can exercise whenever you have time, or you're rehabilitating after an injury or illness, the Schwinn AD6 Exercise Bike can help you achieve your fitness goals.

With its frictionless resistance design and smooth operating pedals, it is easier on the joints than most other types of exercise bikes. It is also quiet, so you can work out while watching your favorite television programs.

This post was last updated on September 21st, 2018 at 08:56 pm

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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