These are uncertain times. Due to an overwhelming amount of business closures during COVID-19, regular indoor cycling enthusiasts are forced to transition their daily fitness routines into home fitness routines. But purchasing an indoor cycling bike can be a daunting experience, especially for those who love to ride, but like to leave the equipment to the gym owner. If you are one of those riders, Core Health & Fitness has you covered.
As the #1 brand in the industry, Schwinn’s focus has always been on authenticity and quality. Bringing the feel of the road to indoor cycling with the same expertise and education that propels the industry forward. Today, Schwinn bikes remain in a class by themselves – developing top of the line innovation, strengthening their commitment to intelligent design, quality manufacturing and authentic riding experiences.
Schwinn offers a variety of indoor cycling bikes categorized into three series that fit every riders’ needs. The Authentic Cycling Series, or AC Series, has a smaller footprint allowing for easier placement and has a carbon blue belt providing an authentic cycling feel. The Smooth Cycling Series, or SC Series, has a slightly larger footprint but offers more customizable options and a smoother, quieter ride. The Indoor Cycling Series, or IC Series, is our original workhorse and our only remaining chain driven design that replicates the feel of riding outdoors.
Your fitness goals play a crucial role in choosing the right commercial grade bike for you. Do you want to start attending live-stream group cycling classes from your tablet? Maybe you want to join these classes on a Smart TV, rather than a tablet? Are you an indoor or outdoor cyclist? Or are you all about training with power? Once you answer these questions, the right bike for you will be an obvious choice.
If you attend regular group cycling classes:
After just one ride at your studio, you know that commercial grade indoor bikes are unbeatable. These bikes offer premium biomechanics, are equipped with the latest technologies and offer high structural integrity to stand the test of time. They see hundreds, if not, thousands of riders every single year and continue to perform at the highest level, delivering a one-of-a-kind ride.
If you’re used to attending your normal group cycling class, Schwinn’s AC Series is perfect for you. This option has raised the bar in indoor cycling technology providing enhanced user fit and feel. The smaller footprint allows for multiple placement options and easy maneuverability to adapt to any environment. The AC Series is armed with a Carbon Blue belt drive system that combines the maintenance-free durability and performance of a belt with the authentic ride feel of a chain.
Schwinn’s Carbon Blue Belt
If you are an outdoor cyclist:
Are you more of an outdoor cyclist and want to train like one? Power is the key to unlocking the training potential of smart phone training apps. Both the AC and SC Series are designed to deliver an authentic road-bike feel that elevate your indoor cycle training. Both options come equipped with the most accurate measurement of direct power from 4iiii, the industry leader in measuring power. The founders of 4iiii Innovations have worked hand-in-hand with the world’s best cyclists to develop an industry-leading powermeter. Using patented 3D strain gauge technology, the 4iii crank delivers accurate, reliable, and consistent data. Trusted by the best athletes in the world, the same technology is now available to indoor riders and can be added onto any model in the Schwinn lineup.
The adjustability of both the Schwinn AC and SC Series makes these indoor cycles suitable for a wide range of user heights in addition to the unique vibration patterns that mimic the feel of the open road. These options are packed with all the best-in-class features of Schwinn’s top tier indoor bikes and take your ride to a whole new level.
If you want to join classes virtually:
If your goal is to use your tablet to join virtual offerings, Schwinn’s AC and IC Series are designed with a tablet tray built into the handlebars to help you conquer your goals, on your time. These options are commercial grade quality, are portable and have sleek designs in their own rights. However, if you choose a Smart TV over a tablet, now your choices open-up even more to the Smooth Cycling series that rides quiet like most home stationary bikes with the added benefit of hand weight holders, which are available on both the SC and AC Series.
Schwinn has worked to create a platform utilizing Bluetooth capability that will connect to different types of training apps straight from the console on your bike. This will enable you to connect to third party training apps such as Strava, Zwift, Trainer Road and more giving you the option to use what you want when you want it. This also provides the ability to test out different training apps to find what works best for you. Not sure if purchasing a subscription is right for you just yet? Not to worry! This capability allows you to utilize multiple free trial options all from one place.
Stay connected with your regular group cycling class by utilizing Motosumo straight from your phone during your ride. Motosumo is a group training network that instantly transforms your smartphone into a powerful training tool, allowing you to interact with your favorite instructors to train through real-time data.
If you’re unsure of your exact needs:
Still can’t decide which bike is right for you? The AC Series is the most adjustable option for a precise fit to maximize ergonomics and cycling form. This series offers the best of both worlds in an authentic “chain like” feel and virtually maintenance free carbon fiber belt system. Our most advanced ergonomic handlebars encourage longer rides by providing special pressure reducing flat spots minimizing nerve pressure when in the most frequently used hand positions.
The IC Series is the original workhorse that gave Schwinn its reputation for an authentic, chain driven feel, with universal threaded pedal spindles that give you the opportunity to swap out for your own pedal preference. This bike offers a sturdy steel frame, heavy perimeter weighted flywheel, traditional chain drive and direct pressure brake that gives this bike the strength to keep it moving ride after ride. The original chain system will require more maintenance over time but is offered at a lower price point making it the perfect solution for any budget.
Investing in an indoor cycling bike is a big decision. Not only do you want to choose the right bike for you and your needs, but you also want to get the most out of your investment. The Schwinn AC, SC, and IC Series stand out from the crowd with their quality build-construction and impressive features that speak for themselves.
Schwinn is committed to providing indoor cycling enthusiasts with a truly authentic riding experience for all riders by using carbon blue technology to mimic the feel of the chain on a road bike, creating comfortable, customizable solutions and making it easy to attend virtual offerings in these challenging times and beyond. See below to learn more about which bike from the #1 brand in the industry is right for your goals.
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