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Great easy commuting bike
on May 27, 2013
I was very nervous about buying this bike on-line because I've never gotten a bike I couldn't try out beforehand. But I am glad I bought this bike.
The bike is 16 inch on the seat shaft. Bike manufacturers differ on how to measure size. I am 5'4" and can use this bike without problems. I would guess that this bike can handle riders from 5'0" to 5'9". If you're taller, I would look carefully at Schwinn's measurements before buying this.
The wheels are 700c or 26 inches. They are street wheels - which means the wheels are thinner than mountain bike wheels.
I really like the way the bike moves. I've never had a really expensive bike, so I can't compare to the high-end brands. But this one moves and brakes well.
The bike comes with an owner's manual with instructions on how to put it together. I had a little bit of trouble, but nothing I couldn't handle. The basic assembly is to put these on (in this order): (1) handle bar, (2) front wheel + front fender, (3) bike seat, (4) pedals, (5) bell. The handle bar was the hardest to put on because I got the front brake line mixed up. But it works well now.
The box was slightly beat-up, but the parts looked fine. A few small scratches, but riding it will get scratches on it anyway.
Recommendation: Look at the picture on Amazon when you are assembling for guidance.
-The seat and wheels are easy release. This means that they can be easy targets for thieves. Just an FYI.
-The seat has springs on the bottom which are nice when riding in not so flat roads.
-The bike has 7 speeds - the adjuster is on the right handle.
-The fenders are metal (not plastic like some of Schwinn's fenders), but they aren't a heavy metal. I can easily bend them to the shape I want. This does not impact the fenders' utility.
- I usually mount my bikes by throwing my leg over the back, but the rack makes this difficult to do. So I am going to try to mount in front of the seat now.
-The picture on Amazon is accurate for color and style. It's a very lovely light blue color.