3 thoughts on “Schwinn 120 Upright Exercise Bike (2012 Model)

  1. 85 of 87 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Schwinn quality in an upright exercise bike, October 26, 2011
    By 
    Dom Miliano (Denville, NJ USA) –
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    This review is from: Schwinn 120 Upright Exercise Bike (2012 Model) (Sports)
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    When I was growing up, the rich kids had Schwinn bicycles. Schwinn meant quality, reliability and long lasting. When my wife wanted a new road bicycle, we shopped around and in the end, she picked a Schwinn. I live in the north east so riding every day is difficult as the weather gods turn a cold shoulder to my neck of the woods. To keep riding, we shopped for an exercise bicycle and my wife, once again, picked a Schwinn. Unlike the bike I am reviewing today, she picked a recumbent and since it was going to be her machine, and she was paying, it came home with us. So, for years, I have gotten my almost daily fix on that Schwinn recumbent bicycle. While I put many hours a week on it, to get your pulse rate and calories calculated, I have to place my hands on the sensor pads on the bars that sit below the seat – not a natural position for me but I have gotten used to it. I much prefer riding with my hand “up on the bars”.

    Enter the Schwinn 120 Upright. It’s a traditional bicycle in form and function and this will be MY exercise tool going forward. As with every other Schwinn product we have purchased, the 120 Upright says QUALITY with a capital Q. Hefting it into the house tells me that this is a serious machine – the label on the side warns the wary that it’s a heavy package.

    Assembly (with instructions in English and Spanish) was intuitive and simple. They even included a nice set of tools so the only thing I had to go to the tool drawer for was a scissor to cut out the screws, bolts and tools from their cardboard backing. I think it took me 45 minutes from opening the box to sitting on the seat and taking my first ride. Like my recumbent Schwinn, the “computer” allows you to program your exercise regimen. My usual program on my old bike is to pick a level of difficulty, start going and work as hard as I can to hit my target pulse rate. In Schwinn-speak, that’s their Quick Start program. The 120 Upright works the same way so there was no learning curve. However, if you are a more creative rider, you can set up a custom workout. They have 2 courses, 2 circuits, and 2 “pursuit” modes. Each is adjustable for time and intensity (or resistance). You can even use it to set and then measure your improvement in fitness.

    The unit has a feature that lets you keep track of the people who use it and will report on your number of workouts, total hours used, average speed, total distance and even total calories burned. Pretty cool, I must say.

    They have added a couple of other cool features not in my old model. First, there is a 2 speed fan – nice because the fan on my recumbent is too weak to be effective. And they have a connection and non-skid pad for your MP3 player (naturally, with built in speakers). Not sure I see the need for that since I have my exercise machines in a room with TV, radio and CD player but if you don’t, this should be an appreciated feature. Especially if your MP3 player shows video because the holder is right there in front of you.

    OK, so why 4 stars and not 4? Well, the one thing I don’t like is the computer display. It’s LCD with thin stick letters – I find the numbers hard to see and since I work out trying to hit a target, seeing the numbers and the graphs in the dim morning light is important to me. I know, minor gripe but there you have it. Other than that, it’s all good. The seat is even very comfortable.

    Schwinn quality. Easy setup. Lots of features. Feels like it will work well for years. Maybe 4 1/2 stars?

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  2. 45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Schwinn 120 (2012 Model), December 4, 2011
    By 
    Ed Kerstetter (Chicago, IL) –
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    This review is from: Schwinn 120 Upright Exercise Bike (2012 Model) (Sports)
    Just finished my first workout, a short 30 minute, 8 mile ride. Installation was straight forward and took about 45 minutes total. I’m a fairly big guy (6’3/230lbs) but have an athletic build. The bike fits relatively well. My knees have enough room and don’t hit the handle bars and that is with seat 1 notch from the tallest setting. The foot pedals however are small. I wore my running shoes (size 13) and they just barely fit into the straps even when they straps are at their biggest setting. If I don’t have it just right, the sides of my shoes hit the bar that holds the pedals. After a few times adjusting my foot position it wasn’t a problem for the rest of my workout. The LCD screen is a bit hard to read due to the font being a bit skinny. It is certainly not a deal breaker though. The heart beat sensor seems to be a bit erratic (even when making sure my hands did not move on the sensor). It would jump from 80 to 110, to 130 within 3 reading (~18 seconds). I think this may be because of the size of my hands and the smallish size of the metal sensors. Lastly the seat is just like any other bike seat. Having not rode a bike for a while it may just take a few rides to get used to. If not I’ll probably buy a replacement seat that is a bit wider. It feels to be built quite well and is dead silent if you don’t have the fan on (which it pretty useless anyway because it doesn’t move any air). The machine doesn’t rock at all even when going pedaling hard. The resistance the bike offers is really good. I used levels 3-8 during the first workout (bike can do up to 16) and at 8 it tired me out pretty quickly. Overall it is a good bike and in my opinion worth the price.

    To recap:

    PROS:
    – Easy installation (~45 minutes)
    – Solidly built
    – Accommodates taller individuals (6’3/230lbs)
    – Quiet (so I can watch TV without jacking up the volume)
    – Good resistance

    CONS:
    – Foot pedals and straps are small (using shoe size 13)
    – Heart rate sensor inconsistent
    – LCD screen a bit hard to read (skinny font)
    – Fan doesn’t move any air

    I’ll look to post another review in about a month or so.

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  3. 37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent for a beginner!, January 16, 2012
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    E. Phillips (Arizona, USA) –
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    This review is from: Schwinn 120 Upright Exercise Bike (2012 Model) (Sports)
    I slaved over my decision on whether to purchase an elliptical or a stationary bike as my first piece of at-home exercise equipment and ultimately, for my budget of $250, I realized I could get a much better quality bike than I could by spending the same amount on an elliptical, so I purchased the Schwinn 120 bike.
    First off, the installation. I am woman, hear me roar, but holy cow the straps on the pedals were a challenge to get on by myself! I was burning calories just trying to get those suckers on, but once that was done it was fairly smooth sailing. Ladies, you gotta have some muscles to get the nuts and bolts tightened, or find a man you can con into doing it for you! But overall, not too bad. I was able to assemble the entire thing by myself in about 45 minutes.
    Next, my first week in review.
    I can definitely see what people are talking about regarding the thin lettering on the screen of the bike. It’s very light and hard to see, which is the only reason I gave this bike a “4” instead of “5” star rating. Wishing there was some way to increase the contrast or something, but I do work out in a well-lit room so it’s not impossible to see. Unfortunately the heart-rate monitor isn’t all that accurate either. It seems to be a bit inconsistent and in testing my heartrate by myself versus the monitor, I’m finding the monitor to be quite a bit lower at times, although somewhat accurate at other times. If that’s a big deal to you, then don’t get this bike. If it’s not a big deal (which it isn’t for me), then the rest of this review should please you.
    I get an AWESOME workout on this bike! I thought** I was a fairly fit person until I started peddling and realized out of the 15 levels of tension, I could only endure about 5 minutes at level 5. Wow. Less than 10 minutes had me working up more sweat than a 2-mile run! I’m only 5’5″ tall and I had no problem adjusting the seat hight to my comfort level. I fit on this thing perfectly. The seat was a bit uncomfortable at first, but after some readjustment (I removed the seat completely, adjusted the tilt and reattached at a more suited angle) it’s now very comfortable, and I use it often twice a day. Also, others are not kidding when they say this bike is QUIET!! Very nice for me since I like to pedal while my kids are still sleeping and I don’t risk waking them up. The MP3 hookup is pretty cool and the speakers work well, so that’s definitely a nice feature. I can set up my own little Spinning music mix – super-fun. The small footprint on this bike makes it very versatile for placement, as it can fit just about anywhere. Something I would have had more trouble with had I gotten an elliptical.
    One thing to note: I have mine set up on carpet. I know it’s recommended this system be placed on a hard, flat surface, but I don’t have that available to me so a carpeted area was my only choice. The bike still feels very stable even when I’m pedaling fast, but it does tend to rock a bit if I get up out of the saddle and do a standing pedal. It doesn’t feel like it’s going to tip, but for someone larger than me it might be a problem, so beware of thickly padded carpet. Otherwise, great machine for the money and I’m very happy with my purchase!

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