Schwinn 170 Upright Review

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If you are looking for a more advanced in-home exercise bike the Schwinn 170 Upright may be exactly what you need. Some find it a bit difficult to put together but once you accomplish the task you will have a bike that offers all the basic features you would expect. In addition, it offers a large number of advanced features, like a simple Bluetooth connection. You can pick from a variety of tracking options. It has a good amount of built-in programs that will offer any type of challenge you are looking for. Staying active becomes easier when you decide to add an exercise bike to your home gym. No matter what you are into, including high-impact sports like boxing or mixed martial arts, an indoor bike can help you meet your fitness goals. Consumers are excited with the extra features this product provides. These are simple things like a fan. It seems small but it really can help you work out longer because you can stay cooler. In addition, you will love the take off this product provides. The way it is designed you won't have to kill yourself trying to get it started. Customers are pleased, overall, with the performance this bike provides. They believe it to be a great buy and feel as if it really has helped improve their activity levels and health.

Editor's Pros & Cons
  • Extremely Quiet
  • Comfortable Seat
  • Connect With BlueTooth
  • Multiple Exercise Programs
  • Has Fan
  • Includes Speakers
  • Device Shelf
  • Easy To Read Display
  • Expensive


For more than a century Schwinn has been providing the world with bicycles. They have given people the ability to get out there and move. Not only do they still produce some of the best quality bikes for outdoor use, but they also make excellent options for indoor use. Trying to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle can be difficult in the world as it is today. The options that Schwinn provide will fit conveniently into the busiest of days. When you want a superior bike you can trust that this brand has something right up your ally. Putting a lot of time and effort into research and development it is no wonder they keep coming up with cutting edge, technologically advanced products that will help you achieve better health and fitness. Consumers have trusted this brand for generations and it does not appear as if that will change any time soon.

Basic Features

This bike gives you all of the basic features you hope to see in a high-quality exercise bike. The seat is fully adjustable. It is able to be moved forward and backward as well as up and down. This will lead to a comfortable ride and an excellent position. It also has a cup holder that will fit a variety of sports bottles. You will also be able to easily relocate this indoor cycle. There are wheels on one of the support bars to make it simple. Another basic feature that customers like when they are using this item is that their feet are securely strapped in place. This will give you excellent thrust and better results from each and every one of your workouts. This bike also has an LCD display. This is oftentimes considered an advanced feature but this product comes with quite a few bells and whistles so we qualify this feature as one of the basic aspects.

Advanced Features

You will be getting some really stellar advanced features when you decide to invest in the Schwinn 170 upright bike. You will be able to easily connect to some of your favorite fitness-related apps, like MyFitnessPal and GoogleFit. This will allow you to see your progress and set goals. This is done via Bluetooth. They also offer their own app to help keep you challenged. There are twenty-nine programs built into the console that will give you a variety of training options. It includes fitness tests, recovery metrics, and heart rate control programs and that is just to name a few. You will also have access to a variety of different world maps to keep your rides interesting. There are so many cool tricks this bike has up its sleeve. Charging your phone or other electronic device is simple with access to a USB port. These are not all the features that this product has to offer but it is a good start to all the amazing things you will be able to do with it.


The size of the pedals on this bike are standard bicycle size but there is no perforation in them. They are solid. There is a bit of design etched into the material to improve your grip while using it. Due to the fact that it does not have hard plastic bumps, you will be able to use this bike in thin socks or bare feet if that is what you prefer. They have adjustable straps to help keep your feet in place. You won't have to worry about sliding feet while you are working hard at your routine. Strapping your feet onto this bike will improve your performance with better thrust with each pedal.


The general consensus is that this bike is quite comfortable. People of all different sizes have been able to find great positioning for long hours spent biking. There have been a few people that have noted they find the seat to be uncomfortable. This was easily able to be fixed by switching out the bike seat or adding a gel cushion to it. It will be a bit of an extra investment but all of the great features this bike has to offer makes it worth it. Consumers are happy with the hand positioning options that are available with this product. Overall, most people find this to be a smooth, comfortable ride regardless of how far you decide to go.


You will get more options for resistance with this bike than you will with many others you may have been looking into. The resistance level is controlled by the computer system housed in the console. There are 25 different levels of resistance to choose from. It will allow you to increase how hard you are working with the push of a button. Obviously, several of the programs offered will give you different levels of resistance throughout. This can help you work through different heart rate zones and improve overall results. The flywheel is weighted so you will have a bit of a hard push to get it started. Once you do it'll settle into the correct resistance. Overall, whether you are a beginner or an advanced biking enthusiast, you'll be able to find a resistance level that makes you work hard and improves your overall performance.


This product uses a drive system that is powered by inertia. This gives you a smoother takeoff and rides while using this piece of exercise equipment. It will allow you to easily move from low rates of speed to high speed. The transitions will be nice and smooth. It is important to note that it won't give you a realistic Road riding experience. This is due to the fact that it does not use a chain to drive the flywheel. You also won't have to worry about durability issues with flimsy belts. Overall, this is a solid system that will last you for miles to come. It is obvious that a lot of time and thought went into creating this product and this is the best drive system you can find in at home exercise bikes.


In terms of size, this bike is pretty average. It is a bit longer in a bit taller than many other options but this typically is not a big deal in terms of taking up room in your home gym. Width is really the important piece. This product is just over 41 inches long. The width comes in at almost 21 and 1/2 inches and the height is just under 56 inches. It fits easily into most people's space. The maximum weight of a user should be 300 pounds or less. If you are more than this weight you may want to consider a different option to ensure that your machine stays ingrate shape. All together this bike weighs about 60 pounds. It has wheels on the front for easy relocation so that you can clear up space if you need to.


Many customers have noted that the assembly process of this product takes longer than expected. While the instruction book is fairly clear and is not laid out as easily as many other instruction booklets. This means that you're going to need to take your time and pay close attention to what you're doing to ensure that your exercise bike functions properly. Most customers don't have too much trouble with assembly until it comes to attaching the wires for the console. It has been said several times this is easiest to be done with a partner. It will allow one person to hold the console while the other person plugs the wires into the correct areas. Overall, you will need to a lot of few hours to get this product completely assembled.


This bike offers many more advantages than others we have reviewed in the past. It gives you all of the basic features that you would expect of a high-quality in-home bicycle. On top of that, it provides you with some stellar advanced features that will allow more advanced Riders to truly challenge themselves. With access to your favorite fitness apps and the ability to charge your electronic device, you'll be able to stay connected and easily see your progress. In addition, this product offers a variety of programs that beginners to exceptionally fit people can choose from to challenge themselves and more easily meet the weight loss, strengthening, or endurance enhancing goals you have set for yourself. These are only a few of the advantages that come with using this product. Once you give it a try we think you will find there are a plethora of other advantages that it will add to your fitness routine and life.


There is only a couple of disadvantages that come along with this product. Schwinn understands how to build a truly great bike and in turn, they have given us this option for in-home use that is also Superior to many others. One of the biggest complaints about this product has to do with setting it up. It can be a bit confusing especially when dealing with the electronic pieces. There have also been a few complaints about the level of comfort the seat provides. This is more of an inconvenience and simply requires a small investment and a cushion or a new type of seat. Overall, these are the only disadvantages we really see with this product and they are quite limited. It is nice to find an item that there is so little to complain about.


Consumers feel as if this product is a good value. We have to agree that it is better than average. It is important to note that this item is quite expensive. It is not the most expensive option available to you, however, it is definitely pricey. You may need to spend quite a bit of time-saving up some money before you can take this type of blow to your bank account. A huge part of the reason this product is pricier is due to the fact that it offers some really excellent advanced features. On top of that, it is very durable and will give you a smooth and reliable ride. Regardless of how hard you want to challenge yourself this product will be able to stand up to it.

Bottom Line

If you have a great passion for biking and you want to make an investment into a sound option that will allow you to switch up your program in routine frequently, this may be the bike for you. It will take quite a chunk of money to call it your own but it is well worth it. It is exceptionally versatile and will allow you to challenge yourself which in turn will help you succeed in attaining your short and long-term goals. Adding an item like this to a healthy diet and fitness routine can have a major impact and keeping you feeling and looking great. We are impressed by this brand and they are worth putting your trust into. When it comes down to it, if you can't afford to purchase it, you will not be disappointed.