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Schwinn 140 Upright Exercise Bike

Schwinn 140 Upright Excercise Bike

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.

Schwinn 140 Stationary Bike Console

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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  1. Exercise goes hand in hand with backpacking and hiking. So does Yoga, IMO. I enjoy reading about what people do when they're not in the Wilderness almost as much as I enjoy trip reports.

  2. You're going to be hearing a lot about yoga this year. I did a lot before the TGO Challenge to deal with work stress and also think it was a key factor in helping me successfully complete the 170 mile hike I did across Scotland in May – stretched out my ITB wonderfully.

  3. An exercise bike is great way to exercise and stay in shape with the benefit of being able to do other things without getting run over by a minivan! I'm a bicycle commuter and the close calls…

    Speaking of P90X, which I've been doing for years. Go Tony!! Another product of theirs is Debbie Siebers' Slim in 6<img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=ultrarevie-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B001CL3IAU&quot; width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" /> and it's my secret weapon for getting the legs in shape for the AT. It started a few years ago when my wife wanted me to work out with her. This was just before my section hike of Delaware Water Gap to Duncannon, Rocksylvania.

    I can only attribute so much to a lighter pack and trail runners – I figure any benefits of less weight are being offset by old age. So, to get ready for the Pearisburg to Damascus, VA section (Mt Rogers) I did Slim in 6 again to get ready for the walk. I had near instant acclimatization to trail conditions. I was able to click off 15 miles the first day and keep the pace going without fatigue.

  4. This is very timely as I just starting looking for a new stationary bike. My old one has finally met its end. The fact this is quiet caught my eye. I am a very early riser and wish I could ride the bike while the wife is sleeping. Thanks very much for the review!

  5. Chris, it really is absolutely silent. I never realized how important that would be. Glad I could turn you on to this one.

  6. So my husband wants to know if this helps your back and shoulders, and if not, what do you add? I think you tweaked his interest.

  7. Yoga is really really good for the back and shoulders. It only takes 15 minutes a day to have a profound effect. I put a lot of my work stress into my lower back and between my shoulder blades and some simple yoga postures just flush it right out. The feeling of relief is just incredible. For a total beginner, the best thing to do it to attend a few classes. Avoid the power yoga or hot yoga classes. Just a simple beginners class will do the trick. Once he gets a simple sequence down, he can buy a DVD and do it at home. I'd recommend David Swenson's YOGA SHORT FORMS DVD<img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=ultrarevie-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B0002444ZQ&quot; width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />. It has 15, 30, and 45 minute routines for beginners and intermediate students. I just got it last night and I've been using Swenson's books for over a decade.

  8. Pilate's is is also a great workout. It is very similar to yoga but really hits your core, stretches the hamstrings and helps your posture. Pilate's and Yoga also help with balance which is something very beneficial on the trail.

  9. Since my surgery I haven't been able to work out, this gives me an idea of how to get back in shape for hiking and still be able to recover. Thanks Phillip

  10. Just stumbled on this- I've been researching uprights, and so far the 140 tops my list. How are the electronics? Do you find the programs motivating?

  11. I just ride on manual and do intervals based on my mood. The programs look ok, but I'm really not an authority on them. The high point for me is the silence of this bike. In addition to riding when everyone is asleep, it lets me watch streaming instant play netflix documentaries and movies and be able to hear them without blasting the sound. Still highly recommended.

  12. I stared long and hard at this bike and read many reviews. My wife picked up on it and bought one for me as an early Christmas present! What a great smooth consistent ride and very quiet. Very pleased with it.

  13. Thanks- I think I'll finally puul the trigger and get one!

  14. What a nice selection! I love the look of the Exercise Bike.Great post and thanks for sharing this information.

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