The Schwinn 226 is a recumbent exercise bike for in-home use.
Recumbent exercise bikes are more comfortable than upright bikes for some users because the seat is behind the pedals, so you are in a semi-reclined position with full back support. The Schwinn 226 features an easy-access design and several programming options.
The Schwinn Bio fit recumbent frame allows you to get in or out of the machine without stepping over anything. Walk up and sit down. Adjust the seat forward or back and tilt the console for the most comfortable riding position. Transport wheels on the front of the bike allow you to move it to any room you want. The Schwinn 226 supports users up to 300 lbs.
The Schwinn 226 console provides feedback on your workout time, pedal speed, distance, and approximate calories burned. The bike offers 16 levels of digital pedal resistance.
Push a button on the console to adjust the resistance at any time during your workout. The higher the resistance, the more intense your workout will be. Challenge yourself to complete the same distance in less time or to complete the same distance in the same time, but at a higher pedal resistance.
The Schwinn 226 offers six built-in profile programs: ride in the park, plateau, strength intervals, ramp interval, Pikes Peak and cross-training. Each program divides your workout into 50 segments, or intervals. If you set the workout for 25 minutes, each segment will be 30 seconds. The bike adjusts the pedal resistance for each segment and prompts you to
pedal faster or slower. Manually override the resistance using the control buttons on the console.
Adjust the seat so you have a slight bend in the knee of your extended leg when you pedal. Don’t let your knees lockout. A recumbent exercise bike places less stress on your joints than other cardio machines, such as a treadmill or stair climber. The American Council on Exercise, a non-profit fitness organization, recommends a recumbent bike if you have low back pain or are new to cycling.