The Schwinn 140 Upright Exercise Bike might seem like a bizarre product review for a backpacking web site, but I like this product so much I want to tell everyone I know about it.
I bought this stationary bike about 3 months ago. My new job totally screwed up my daily workout schedule and commute and I haven’t been getting to the gym everyday, for the past 6 months. That’s always bad for me because I need an abundance of exercise to keep fit and keep my mind sharp. Time permitting, I would work out all day if I could, which is why I find doing all-day, high mileage hikes on weekends to be so satisfying.
Stationary biking has always been a great way for me to exercise and is my baseline workout, the one I always gravitate to in gyms as my “warmup.” I think I like it because it let’s me rapidly sweat out the toxins in my life, and I can read when I’m doing it. I’m a big reader and getting an extra hour per day of reading in per day is a big benefit for me.
Stationary biking also is a great way for me to keep my legs in shape for hiking, and interval-style cardiovascular training is very useful for prepping for hikes with high elevation gains. If there’s one downside to stationary biking, it’s that it overdevelops my quads, so I balance it with a lot of stretching and yoga to keep my legs loose.
At about $350, the Schwinn 140 was a relatively inexpensive investment and a better way for me to fit my workouts in on a daily basis without having to stop at the health club on the way to or from work. Being able to work out at home is a big time saving for me and I’ve canceling my expensive health club membership based on just 10 weeks of daily workouts with this machine. My annual cost savings will be on the order of $800+ a year, which is pretty substantial.
When it comes to home exercise equipment, I am no virgin. We’ve owned a succession of treadmills, weight stations, finger boards (for rock climbing), treadmills, ski machines, rowing machines and other assorted gizmos over the years (and still do.).If there’s one thing we’ve learned from all of these purchases, it’s that you need to spend some serious coin to buy exercise equipment that can take daily abuse and last. Surprisingly, that’s not the case with the Schwinn 140, which is very inexpensive, when compared to high-end treadmills or weight stations.
If stationary biking is for you, the Schwinn does all the basic things you need. It comes with an assortment of pre-programmed workouts, in addition to manual mode ( which I use mostly) and is heart rate monitor compatible. (I use my own hand held monitor, so I can’t say how good the one on the bike is.)
Finally, the best thing about this bike is that it is absolutely silent. It makes no sound when you’re using it. That means that I can ride it whenever I want, especially early in the morning, and not disturb my wife, who’s still sawing away down the hall.
Disclosure: The author owns this product and purchased it using their own funds.
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