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Good bike, but terrible shipping, packaging, and instructions
on July 15, 2010
My in-laws ordered this bike for my daughter's 5th birthday after much research and all of us desiring not to spend $200+ on a first bike at a speciality bike shop.
The good news - this is a good bike she likes to ride. It's very attactive (her favorite part are the tassels on the handle bars, LOL) and decently built. She cruises around it at the park sometimes for an hour before growing bored.
1. Worst thing was the shipping/packaging - it showed up with a lot of dents and rips in the box like it had been in a battle. The parts were packaged haphazardly and the various fasteners poorly separated and labeled. And, on top of that, the manual is a generic Schwinn manual that you have to leaf through to find the parts relevant to the bike you have bought. There are three different sets of instructions for three types of handlebars, for example, and you have to pay attention to detail to know that you are reading the instructions for the right type. It does make a difference in how you put it together.
2. It took some time to assemble and adjust as a result of #1, and had I not put together bikes before and maintained my own, I would have been a little befuddled at some of the instructions/guidance.
3. I would say that it is a little "heavy handed" and not the easiest to ride/maneuver. The brakes and pedals have a less than smooth operation that makes them tough for a girl who is just learning to ride. She has been on another bike or two and says her bike is harder to pedal. Not a big deal, as she still has plenty of growing to do on it, and I guess she gets a good workout :)
All in all, worth the purchase, but the assembly time and confusing instructions negated some of the cost savings vs. a more expensive bike.