The Schwinn 130 Upright Bike (2013 model) has been updated and completely redesigned to provide many more workout program options and a wider range of features compared to the earlier 2007 design.
This product article takes a look at the bike in more detail, covering the design features, user profiles, customer reviews, and workout programs.
Although many exercise bikes are based around similar designs, there are usually subtle differences on the higher quality bikes that will provide a more enjoyable workout.
Some of the less obvious features on the Schwinn 130 upright bike include a set of levellers built into the rear stabilizer, and a charging USB port in the display console.
While the levellers are useful for keeping the bike level on uneven ground, the USB port can be used to transfer data from your workouts to your computer. From here you can upload your results to the Schwinn Connect site and track your achievements over time.
Another important feature to look for when buying any exercise bike is how adjustable it is. To better suit a range of user heights and body types, the Schwinn 130 upright bike allows you to adjust the height of the seat as well as the angle of the handlebars.
To make it easier to climb on and off the bike compared to the 2007 design, this new 2013 design features a slimmer profile and shorter base unit.
One final design feature worth mentioning is the set of transport wheels. Attached to the front base stabilizer, these make it much easier to transport the bike between rooms if required.
Schwinn 130 Upright Bike – Features Summary
- Dual track two LCD window system allows you to monitor up to 13 different display feedbacks
- Schwinn Connect goal tracking and data export keep you up to date on reaching your fitness goals
- 22 programs, 2 user settings and goal tracking are all there to keep you motivated and challenged
- 20 levels of resistance aligned with a high speed high inertia perimeter weighted flywheel make every workout smooth and quiet
- Charging USB port and data exchange
If it’s likely there will be more than one person using the Schwinn 130 on a regular basis, user profiles are a feature that could be very useful.
You are allowed up to 2 profiles, each of which storing basic personal information such as name, age, weight, height, and gender.
This not only helps to provide more accurate workout information for heart rate and calories burned, but also allows for your workout data to be kept separate, making it easier to track your own goals and achievements.
Whether you are training for an upcoming event or simply to increase your physical fitness, keeping your workouts varied is one of the best ways to maintain a regular fitness routine.
This is why Schwinn chose to increase the workout programs from 7 (2007 model) to 22 (2013 model) for the Schwinn 130 Upright Bike.
These 22 workout programs are broken into several main categories, designed for working towards specific goals; fun rides, mountains, and challenges.
Fun Rides – Made up of 3 workout programs of varying intensities.
Although Fun Rides don’t feature the same high levels of resistance as programs in the other categories, they still provide some effective training options for improving your aerobic fitness.
Mountains – More challenging than the Fun Rides, you can choose from 3 programs which each gradually build up to higher resistance levels before falling back to lower intensity cycling, imitating the experience of a hill climb on a road bike.
Challenges – The 3 programs in this category are much more varied in their training styles, with one designed to continually increase the resistance, and 2 designed around interval training.
These are an excellent collection of programs for anyone with a higher level of fitness. Whether you want to improve your lower body strength, muscle tone, or weight loss, these programs will help you achieve your goals.
Display console design
As well as the larger collection of workout programs, another area where the 2013 model of the Schwinn 130 has improved from the 2007 model is in the display console features.
To allow you to spend more time cycling and less time operating the display console, quick select buttons have now been added close to the handles.
These save you having to hold down the up or down buttons to alter the resistance, automatically adjusting the resistance to a preset level at the touch of a button.
The display screen is another area that’s been improved, with important workout information split out onto a separate screen to make it easier to read and keep track of.
This includes your speed, time, distance, resistance level, and heart rate.
The upper display screen is then available to display a grid to represent your current workout program progress, an intensity display, heart rate zone display, and goal display.
Schwinn recognise that being able to track your fitness goals and measure your progress is an important part of staying motivated. This is why the goal display has been included, to allow you to monitor which target you are tracking (distance, time, or calories) and the percent you have completed towards that goal.
Whenever you are thinking about buying a new piece of fitness equipment, it’s important to find out as much as possible about the quality and features before you buy.
While user manuals and articles are a good source of information about the features and even for comparing with similar items, customer reviews are still worth a look to find out what other people thought of the product after buying.
The following list is a summary of the most common pros and cons found by reading through the reviews currently found on Amazon:
- Adjustable handlebars are a useful feature
- Easy to use display console
- Useful having a shelf to hold your tablet or smartphone
- Smooth cycling motion
- Having the speakers and fan make for a more enjoyable workout
- Quiet to use
- Mixed reviews on how easy it is to assemble
- Some users report issues with feet hitting the crank shaft when cycling for larger shoe sizes (10+). The 170 model features a different crank design which seems to resolve this.
Although there are some negative reviews about the customer service, these appear to have been contacted directly by someone from consumer relations at Nautilus (parent company of Schwinn) to try to resolve these issues as quickly as possible.