When you’ve got a bike with as many features as this one does, there is a lot of assemblies that goes along with it. While putting together the Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike may seem intimidating at first, it isn’t as bad as it appears.

There are a lot of parts that have to be shuffled through, but the instruction manual is pretty clear and easy to follow. If you try to figure out how to do it on your own, then you will likely struggle. However, if you can follow instructions, then you shouldn’t have many problems assembling this bike.

Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike Assembly in 10 Simple Steps

Lay Out Your Parts

The first thing that you need to do is take all the parts out of the box and lay them out.  Compare the components that were in the box with the parts list in the instruction manual. If you are missing any pieces, then contact the supplier right away before proceeding. There’s nothing worse than getting halfway through the assembly and realizing that you don’t have the things you need in order to proceed.

Once you’ve verified that you have everything you need, then you can start assembling the bike!

Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike Assembly

Step 1

Attach the bottom “feet” bars to the bottom of the main body, which comes in the package assembled. The feet have the hardware already on them. Remove the washer, nut and screw, set the main body on top of the bars and assemble the hardware. Tighten securely with an allen wrench.

Step 2

Attach the seat frame assembly to the seat rail and use the hardware provided to secure them together. Tighten the screws fully.

Step 3

Insert the back of the seat and the seat itself in its designated spot on the seat frame assembly and tighten them using the hardware provided.  Be sure to use the proper hardware. For example, use the curved washer on the rounded part of the pipe that it’s assembled into. If possible, put the outside screws on first and then move to the inside. A total of eight screws and washers will be used at this step.

Step 4

Attach the seat cover to the frame assembly by clipping it to the part right underneath the back of the seat.

Step 5

Attach the seat adjustment handle to the frame assembly by screwing it into the slot underneath the seat. Tighten it firmly and move it a little bit to make sure the handle moves freely.

Step 6

Slip the console mast through the upper shroud and fit it onto the frame assembly. Before setting it on the frame assembly, you need to connect the wires and make sure they aren’t pinched. Insert the shroud cap and use the hardware supplied to secure it all together.

Step 7

Since there are screws already assembled into the console, you will need to remove those to prepare for mounting it.

Step 8

Connect the wires from the console to the frame assembly. Line up the holes on the frame assembly where indicated, and put the screws back in to mount it, but be careful not to pinch the wires. An easy way to avoid pinching the wires is to feed them down the tube to get them out of your way.

Step 9

Assemble the foot pedals by making sure you have the right pedal and the left pedal identified by the “R” and “L”. Screw the pedals onto the bar and tighten using the tool that’s provided. Repeat the process for the other pedal and note that the left pedal is reverse-threaded, so it will seem like you’re loosening it, but you’re actually tightening it. Then install the foot straps by snapping them into place on the respective pedals.

Step 10

Use the remaining two screws to attach the water bottle holder onto the frame assembly.  Tighten the screws using the tool provided.


Even though there are a lot of steps to assembling this bike, it really isn’t as hard as it seems. You are provided with all the tools that you need, so as long as you can follow the simple instructions, then you won’t have any problems putting together the Schwinn 270 Recumbent Bike and you can start exercising within a couple hours after you open the box!