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You get what you pay for..., October 26, 2011

Schwinn 150 Upright Exercise Bike
I was an owner of the Schwinn 140 Upright Exercise Bike, and like many others had it fail me when the pedals one day lost all tension. That bike was squeaky, the display was problematic, and it had severe longevity issues. And if you would like to hear about the ridiculous "self-repair" that Nautilus/Schwinn warranty forces upon the customer, read the many negative reviews of that bike.This new one was offered to me for free through the Amazon Vine program. Right out of the box, I noticed that the Schwinn 150 is basically the Schwinn 140 rebranded with nearly all the same components save the computer module. Even the mounts for the obsolete bottle holder are still present on the neck, as it has now been incorporated into the computer console.ASSEMBLY: Unfortunately, the very first piece to piece together, the front stabilizer, is defective. The end caps which contain the wheels (necessary to move the unit) do not have screw holes bored in them as...

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I was an owner of the Schwinn 140 Upright Exercise Bike, and like many others had it fail me when the pedals one day lost all tension. That bike was squeaky, the display was problematic, and it had severe longevity issues. And if you would like to hear about the ridiculous "self-repair" that Nautilus/Schwinn warranty forces upon the customer, read the many negative reviews of that bike.This new one was offered to me for free through the Amazon Vine program. Right out of the box, I noticed that the Schwinn 150 is basically the Schwinn 140 rebranded with nearly all the same components save the computer module. Even the mounts for the obsolete bottle holder are still present on the neck, as it has now been incorporated into the computer console.ASSEMBLY: Unfortunately, the very first piece to piece together, the front stabilizer, is defective. The end caps which contain the wheels (necessary to move the unit) do not have screw holes bored in them as...
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Using this bike for a while now, I feel comfortable giving potential buyers a fairly complete picture of what this exercise bike will, and will not, give you.As far as I am aware, there are 2 different kinds of exercise bikes--one that is upright--like this one--and another that almost makes an even plane with you seated, and the pedals out in front--the recumbent. The latter was what I used most when going to the gym. With the recumbent you get an even workout between your quads, hamstrings, and butt. All of these are worked and sore after you do a workout. This Schwinn upright is a little different.The trade-off between the recumbent bikes and this Schwinn upright is that you are getting a realistic biking experience and sacrificing a few muscle groups, which are not worked as much as when on the recumbent. Because you are upright and seated, the quads will get worked the most, hamstrings the least, and the butt moderately. To extrapolate very subjective...
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In reviewing this Schwinn 150 exercise bike, I am basically comparing it to a Nautilus U514 exercise bike that we purchased on Amazon just a few months ago.Even though this exercise bike is labeled a Schwinn, the inside of the box had the name Nautilus. I was encouraged by this, but it was short lived, as we learned after assembling and using this exercise bike.The Schwinn 150 Upright Exercise Bike is made for larger bodied persons, and there are some advantages that come with that feature. The seat is larger than most exercise bikes, and that's a real plus when it comes to having a comfortable ride. The bike also has larger pedals, and for me, an average sized woman, this is uncomfortable. My feet literally fall through the stirrups, so I have to wear large shoes to keep them on the pedals when riding this bike. (Yes, the straps are adjustable, but it's cheap plastic strapping that isn't going to hold up after much use).There are some nice...
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