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Schwinn Men's Prelude Bicycle (BBWhite)

by Schwinn
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List Price: $319.99
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  • Men's commuter road bike with aluminum drop bar frame and Schwinn road fork
  • 14-speed Shimano drivetrain with A050 road shifters
  • 700c alloy wheels
  • Dual pivot road brakes
  • Schwinn Quality padded saddle
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Product Description


The Prelude Men's Road Bike from Schwinn is well suited to commuting and pleasure or fitness riding. The Prelude features an aluminum road frame with drop handlebars and a forgiving Schwinn road fork. The 14-speed Shimano drivetrain is equipped with responsive A050 shifters and lightweight alloy cranks to keep you moving fast. Clips and straps for the pedals increase efficiency in turning the deep-dish, 700c alloy wheels. Additional details on the Prelude include dual pivot road brakes with alloy levers, a comfortable Schwinn road saddle, and a kickstand.

Key Specifications:

  • Size: 55 cm
  • Wheel Size: 700c
  • 14-speed drivetrain
  • Schwinn Aluminum Drop Bar Road Frame


  • Crank: Schwinn Approved Alloy 42/52-tooth Road
  • Bottom Bracket: Sealed with Ball Bottom Bracket System
  • Derailleur: Road Double
  • Shifters: Shimano A050 Bar Mounted
  • Chain: KMC Z-51, Black


  • Rims: Schwinn Alloy x 36-hole
  • Rim Size: 700C
  • Hubs: QR Alloy 36-hole
  • Spokes: 14-gram Black
  • Tires: Schwinn 700 x 25c Road

Components and Extras:

  • Pedals: Road with Toe Clip and Strap
  • Brakes: Dual Pivot Road
  • Brake Levers: Alloy Road
  • Handlebar: Road Shallow Drop
  • Stem: Schwinn Road Ahead
  • Headset: 1 1/8-inch threadless
  • Grips: Color Matched Foam Wrap
  • Saddle: Schwinn Padded Road
  • Seatpost: 27.2 Alloy
  • Color Matched Parts
  • Clear Coated Paint and Graphics
  • Toe Clips and Straps
  • Kickstand

Product Description

The Schwinn Prelude is perfect for for that morning commute or getting out for your evening ride, the Prelude features a aluminum road frame for quick agile riding, the Schwinn road fork absorbs pavement imperfections. The 14-speed Shimano drivetrain with a quick-shifting A050 shifters, and lightweight alloy cranks to keep your legs moving fast, clips & straps for the pedals and deep-dish alloy wheels..

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 67 x 18 x 37 inches ; 33.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 40 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B004QM22HC
  • Item model number: S4030
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,817 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

Can definitely keep up with road bikes costing twice as much.
The front derailleur oftentimes overshoots the highest gear, and you must act quickly so the chain doesn't spin completely off the crank.
The bike is comfortable to ride and does ride over bumps quite smoothly.
Rebbecca Boulger

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

304 of 321 people found the following review helpful By R. Custer on May 12, 2011
First of all I consider myself a serious commuter rider. I ride 3000 miles a year, have for two years, on and off for 35 years. I've had Schwinns, Gitanes, and Motobecanes. I hit a pothole, ended up in the hospital and destroyed my 35 year old Motobecane a few weeks ago. My bike is my only means of transportation, so replacing it was a must. I'm not a weekend racer or casual rider. I'm 6'6", 240 pounds, and an engineer. I need my bike tough, fast, and with a really high high gear. I'm not interested in some overpriced bike to impress my weekend bike warrior friends. I don't run around in spandex. I've now had it a year and a half. I still stand by this review.
What I like: The balance is good, light as a feather, the padded tape handle bars are wonderful, the gearing is great, the shifters that actually go right to the desired gears are heavenly, the brake calipers do a great job of centering on the tires. I like the quick release front hub with self centering fork depressions. Quick release seat height is a plus. The paint looks durable. The handles hold a end of bar mirror nicely. The bike rides great and I rapidly got used to it's balance.
Before I mention the negatives, I am pleased with the bike, it's a pleasure to ride and would definitely buy it again. I got it for $249 at a big box sporting goods store. What I don't like: I would love to be able to raise the handlebar stem a few inches, and have the frame larger for my size. I immediately replaced the skinny fits in your crack seat, with a wide memory foam one from Bell for my ample rear. I took off the peddle baskets, hate them things, which lost me two peddle reflectors.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By nerfherder2000 on August 21, 2011
More in depth specs. Seat post 55cm, top post 56cm, rear cassette 7-speed 14-28t LOOK UP SUGGESTED BIKE SIZE FOR RIDERS.

How is this bike similar to a $700 bike:
Modern components easily upgradeable, serviceable, and standard. The bike stem brakes cassettes, everything except the handle bars that are smaller than 28mm( I think) which means no clip on aero bars. Light weight well constructed frame and wheels. Wheels have no seam like other cheap bikes. It has a seat that is very usable. Smooth reliable shifts. Components ( brake shifters etc.) are very workable. Cage pedals are great!

How is in unlike a $700 road bike.
Shifter separate from brakes. 7 speed instead of 8 speed rear cassette. I could only get the derailleur to work on the lowest six gears. Never really needed the high 28t anyways. The chain rubbed the frame on 14t when i first got it. I just put a washer between the cassette and the frame.( adjustment of the axle might have fixed it). Wheel tape needs to be replaced like others have stated ( it took mine a year to fail). It does not have quick release for back axle. I taped a wrench on the inside of the back frame with electricians tape.(ghetto but hardly noticeable). This bike may take some brain power to assemble and adjust. local bike will do it if you are not a patient person.

If your cannot afford a $600-700 road bike buy this!!! If you cannot afford this bike(I understand how bike stores think $700 is no big deal) then DO NOT buy a road bike. The GMC or victory versions of road bikes are not worth the anger and frustration.

I wish they had more sizes available or a woman's version.
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65 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Steven on July 11, 2011
Got this bike about a month ago after deciding to change from a hybrid to a road bike. This bike is priced right, is light & fast, has a nice paint job , straight & true wheels and a fairly comfy seat. I've put about 1500 miles on it and SO FAR I've had to adjust the rear derailleur, adjust the steering stem bolt DAILY and adjust the cranks DAILY (what a Pain and they both still creak!). I'm about 6' & 180 and the bike seems to fit me nicely. The brakes could have been positioned on the handlebars differently because you lose precious fractions of seconds trying to find and grab them in an emergency when you're not in the Race position on the drop down bars. Assembly instructions were terse and hard to understand and seemed to be written by an engineer on 6 beers. If you have a limited budget and you want an entry level road bike that you have to tinker with maybe this is your bike.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. Al Rawi on July 11, 2013
I bought the older (blue) prelude model in 2010 (Schwinn Prelude Mens Road Wheels

That one had better front and rear derailleurs and lighter frame; the bike got stolen from my garage and really I hate the &^@&^% who stole it.

I bought this one on June 2013 and I have put about 500 miles on it so far. This bike is the awesomest road bike you can get for $250. I advice you do the following:

1- Immediately change the rim tape, don't ride this bike without doing so otherwise you'll walk back home with a flat tire. I bought the Zefal rim tapes, the were excellent: B0013KH8X8

2- Do your butt a favor and buy a saddle with better padding: I bough the bell memory foam saddle, it's very good but not great Bell Memory Foam Saddle Recline

3- Pedals are the crappiest Pedals I've seen, I got the Forte Campus Pedals from performance bikes store. It's a double sided bike pedal that works with cleated or standard shoes.

4- degrease and regrease the chain, I highly recommend doing so every 70-100 miles since the derailleurs, disk and crankset are cheap and might get chipped.

Non essential stuff I bought. I am listing to confirm that it fits/works with the prelude:

1- Topeak Pocket Rocket Master Blaster Bike Pump, solid yet light pump:
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