Schwinn IC2 Indoor Cycling Bike
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|250 lbs||Felt-pad||No||Frame: 5 years
Parts: 1 year
Electronics: 1 year
Wear: 90 days
Schwinn has quite a history in designing and creating indoors and outdoors fitness equipment, providing top-quality, durable exercise bikes for all user levels. The Schwinn IC2 indoor cycling bike is one of their top-rated bikes of this type, offering just about anything a advanced athlete or a beginner needs from this type of exercising equipment.
Even though it’s a bike designed for home use, it is a very sturdy and stable bike, designed for heavy-duty exercising, with steel frame, also including a small LCD display for basic progress tracking. This bike has a lot to offer in terms of training possibilities, comfort, and ease of use. This review will let you know just about anything there is to be known about this excellent bike.
Technical Details and Specifications
- Product dimensions: 45L x 23W x 49H inches (114L x 58W x 124H cm)
- Product weight: 83 lbs (37.6 kg)
- Flywheel weight 31 lbs (14 kg)
- Supported weight: 250 lbs (113 kg)
- Handlebars: Adjustable
- Seat: Adjustable
- Pedals: With straps
- Drive mechanism: Chain
- Brakes: Direct-contact, wool-felt pads
- Resistance: Adjustable
- Bottle holder: Yes
- Progress tracking computer: Yes
- Warranty: Frame 5 years / Mechanical & Electronics 1 year / Wear Parts 90 days
Although it’s a heavy-duty exercise bike, the Schwinn IC2 bike does not occupy too much space. at 45″ (114 cm) in length, and 23″ (58 cm) in width, it should fit even in a smaller room. The seat can actually go pretty high, being able to accommodate users between 4’8″ (142 cm) and up to 6’6″ (198 cm). Its vertical bar has 12 adjustment levels, with 1 inch (2.5 cm) distance between them. It also features horizontal adjustability, offering the possibility to move it closer or farther from the handlebar.
The seat’s design is pretty slim, characteristic to high-intensity exercise bikes. It does not offer the comfort of the seats specific to upright or recumbent bikes, but then again, this is not a bike for comfort. It’s a model made for people who really want to sweat. It’s a standard seat though, which means it can be replaced, or you can pad it with a gel seat.
The handlebar is also adjustable, but only vertically. It has a design that allows different grips and positions, for different types of exercising. It’s also consistently padded with rubber foam, for a good grip, even in case of sweaty hands. The handlebar includes a bottle holder, bottle not included though.
This indoor cycle comes with an LCD bike computer for progress tracking. It displays revolutions-per-minute, calories burned, time spent, distance and speed. The console display will show each workout measurement in a sequence, for 5 seconds. There is only one button for start and reset. The device requires 2 AA batteries.
The crank arms are really solid, made to last, and to support users up to 250lbs (113 kg), working out even in complete standing position. Pedals include toe-straps to prevent feet from slipping. They’re standard pedals, and in case you prefer clip-on pedals, for bicycle shoes, you can replace them.
Last but not least, this Schwinn exercise bike model is equipped with a pretty heavy flywheel, for smooth and steady pedaling. Resistance is adjustable, but resistance levels are not specified. On the other hand, you can adjust resistance while pedaling, until you reach the desired level. Resistance can go pretty high, up to the point you cannot pedal anymore.
In terms of comfort, this indoor cycle is as comfortable as any intensity exercise bike can be. In other words its whole design is not made for comfort, but for putting strain on your body, reestablishing muscle tone, and providing a superior workout.
The bike is really quiet. Even on a high resistance setting, it does not emit more than the soft whirring noise, specific to any chain-driven bike. It shouldn’t interfere with the music you are listening, or shows you’re watching on TV.
Additional comfort is brought on by the bottle holder, which can accommodate your MP3 player as well.
Assembly, Maintenance and Troubleshooting
The assembly of this exercise bike model is pretty straightforward. Flywheel, crank and its arms, chain and chain protection come already attached to the frame. You will only have to actually install the posts of the seat and handlebar, seat, handlebar, pedals, frame bases and the LCD computer. The box comes with the tools required for the assembly task.
The bases of the frame are equipped with stabilizers. Once you choose a location for your bike, make sure to adjust each stabilizer knob, until the bike is completely stable. The front base comes with transportation wheel, for easier relocation.
For maintenance, the chain requires monthly lubrication, problem taken care of with any bike chain oil. It’s indicated to check and retighten and screws and bolts which may have loosened. Also, the LCD screen of the progress tracking unit is not waterproof. Therefore, make sure to keep it dry, removing any sweat or water drops that may fall on it.
There aren’t many issues that a user can encounter with this product. However, one of the things that can happen, is getting a high-pitch noise, when using the bike on a high resistance setting, this problem is fixed by applying silicone spray on the flywheel. Also, if the chain becomes squeaky, it’s a good sign you need to lubricate it.
What We Like About This Bike
The first aspect that no one can possibly hate about this bike, is its smooth, professional and appealing design. Just by looking at it, everything just screams “quality”. And with the quality this indoor cycle has to offer, comes quite an affordable price. It’s definitely a spin bike with one of the best quality/price ratios that you can find.
It offers high-intensity training levels and postures, which will definitely help you lose weight, burn your daily surplus of calories, and maintain the health of your cardiovascular system.
It can fit tall users, up to 6’6″, while other bikes of this caliber hardly can accommodate users up to 6′.
Does not occupy a lot of space and it’s quiet. You can use it even in an apartment building with thin walls, without worrying that you will upset the neighbors.
It’s great plus that the bike includes a progress tracking device. Otherwise you would require to pay an extra $100 and that’s for the cheap models only, and then waste your time modifying your bike in order to attach it.
There isn’t really much to be said as a negative, about this bike. One of the aspects that may be seen as a drawback about it, is that it’s listed for users only up to 250 lbs (113 kg). I’m pretty sure that any heavier user would want it, because it’s simply amazing.
Overall, the Schwinn IC2 is an outstanding bike, with a very durable, solid and stable design, offering high-intensity training possibilities. It will most definitely help you achieve any fitness goals that can be achieved on a training bike, and a great calorie burner. It’s an indoor training cycle that offers just about anything anyone would expect from such a piece of exercising equipment. It’s a solid investment, that can last a lifetime.