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Schwinn Airdyne AD2 Review

Quick Summary

The Schwinn Airdyne AD2 ($399) is a no-frills exercise bike with moving handlebars. It lets you exercise your arms and legs together, or rest your legs and get upper-body training only. Like any air bike the AD2 has unlimited resistance levels; tension adjusts with your effort.

This ride can suit a wide range of user heights. Its weight limit, however, is just 250 pounds. Pricier Airdyne bikes like the AD7 have higher capacities.

Learn more from the Schwinn Airdyne AD2 review below.

Specifications

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Model Schwinn Airdyne AD2
Rating

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78.70%
List Price

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$399
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$649
Resistance

The flywheel in an exercise bike is what creates resistance. You can choose the level of resistance to increase your workout intensity.

Infinite
Resistance Type

The type of resistance shows what kind of flywheel is being used (if any), and its weight if the manufacturer provides it.

Air
Type

Type refers to the style of the ride: Recumbent bikes allow you to lay back, while Upright bikes are more like road bikes (lean forward).

Upright
Drive System

The bike's drive system is how your pedaling interacts with the rest of the bike (flywheel) to give you a good workout.

Belt Drive
Frame

It's important to choose an exercise bike that will last, and the material of the frame determines how durable the bike is.

Steel
Seat

The most important part for comfortability during your workout, the seat should be adjustable and have ample cushioning.

Padded & Adjustable
Pedals

Pedals are the driving force for an exercise bike, and should be comfortable, adjustable, and easy to control without slipping.

Standard
Programs

Bike Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

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Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.

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Display

Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

LCD computer displays
Max. Weight

Max. User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that the bike can safely support, which can represent durability.

250 lbs
Dimensions

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this treadmill will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

46"x 25"x 50"
Accessory Tray

Some bikes include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.

Speakers

Cooling Fans

Portable?

Some exercise bikes can fold up and/or have wheels that make it easy to roll them around for convenience and to save space.

Warranty

The warranty is a very important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs by the manufacturer.

Frame: 5 years
Parts: 1 Year
Electronics: 1 year
Wear Items: 90 days
Labor: 90 days

Rating: 78.70%

Our Rating

Rating: 78.70/100. The Schwinn Airdyne AD2 ($399) is a low-cost air bike for home use. Compared with other exercise bikes under $500, the Airdyne AD2 has the advantage of versatile resistance: It can meet any challenge level. It also has the rare perk of moving handlebars, so you can exercise your whole body. The bike’s main disadvantage is its simplicity. The Schwinn AD2 lacks a heart rate monitor and other features found in higher price brackets.

How it works: Just pedal! Unlike most exercise bikes, Airdynes don’t have preset tension levels or gears. Pedaling slowly, you’ll exercise with little resistance. Pedaling faster, you can generate more tension. Your potential challenge is unlimited! The handlebars move as you ride for a total-body workout.

You can also use the AD2 handlebars on their own; the bike has footrests for when you’d rather not pedal.

Workout data are shown on a small LCD monitor. The window rotates five fields: time, speed, distance, calories and RPM.

Pros:

  • Unlimited resistance levels
  • Smooth pedaling with fan air
  • Moving handlebars
  • Can exercise arms and legs together or separately
  • Display for key workout statistics
  • Seat position adjusts to fit many body sizes
  • Compact dimensions are home-friendly

Cons:

  • Lacks training programs
  • Data monitor isn’t at eye level
  • Doesn’t support wireless heart rate monitoring
  • No amenities such as music speakers or a water bottle holder

Introduction

The Airdyne AD2 is a streamlined solution for in-home cardio exercise and resistance training. It lets you exercise your whole body at once, but also gives the option of upper-body exercise in isolation. The bike uses air for resistance and delivers a breeze as you cycle.

Workout Programs

Schwinn Airdyne bikes don’t have training programs. In contrast, bikes with preset resistance levels (set by magnets) have workout programs that automate the challenge. You can see examples on our chart of the best exercise bikes from $500 to $1,000.

Airdyne AD2 Features

An air bike generates resistance as you spin a fan-style wheel. The Schwinn AD2’s fan wheel is uncovered, so you get the benefit of a breeze as you exercise.

Handlebars with simple grips move as you pedal. These let you increase calorie burn compared with regular biking, plus they help tone your upper body.

The handlebars can also be used in isolation. Pegs attached to the Airdyne frame let you rest your feet.

The seat is padded for comfort, though it’s not as plush as the saddles on higher-priced Airdyne bikes. You can adjust the seat height with a pin. According to customer reviews, the Schwinn AD2 can fit riders from under 5’ to over 6’ tall.

A small data monitor is set between the AD2’s handlebars. It can show speed, RPM, distance, calories and time spent exercising. The LCD window shows one data field at a time.

The data monitor is battery-powered. Airdynes bikes don’t have power cords, so you have lots of options for placement.

To help you move the air bike, caster wheels are attached to the frame.

Warranty & Guarantee

The Schwinn Airdyne AD2 is sold with free warranty coverage including:

Frame: 5 years

Parts: 1 year

Electronics: 1 year

Wear Items: 90 days

Labor: 90 days

Additionally Schwinn provides a 60-day money-back guarantee.

Conclusion

For $399 and free delivery, the Schwinn Airdyne AD2 is a fine budget buy for riders up to 250 pounds. This model isn’t as good-looking or feature-rich as pricier options, but for years it could serve well enough for basic indoor exercise.