Schwinn Men's Prelude Bicycle (BBWhite)
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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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Schwinn Prelude Road Bike
Kiss the gym goodbye!
The Schwinn Prelude is a best seller because it preforms! Built as a classic road bike with drop bars, it can take you out on charity rides, meeting up with friends to put in some miles, or even into the city on your commute. Check out the specs. It is hard to find a better buy.
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..
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.
- 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
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This is a really great starter road bike. I'd recommend it to any new rider.
To a new rider, this bike is awesome.
To an experienced rider, this bike is "Ok for the price".
I was pretty new to road bikes when I purchased this bike, so initially I was quite impressed with it. Very lightweight, easy to assemble, and I finally had one of those skinny tire bikes I see going down the road!
It's been great for me so far, but during these past years I've collected more knowledge as well as the pleasure of riding a few friends expensive road bikes to see the difference.
I removed the peddle straps because I don't like the idea of being stuck to the bike especially if I'm going down...
The tires/tubes lasted me awhile but when I did change them I went with the Continental Gator Hardshell 700x23 Tire for more protection against flats. They are $60/ea, but you save in the long run for not having to buy as many tubes to replace.
The gear shifter was a bit out of wack and slipping in certain gears but after tuning them it's been fine.
The rims are not perfectly circular or "true". If you flip the bike on it's back and spin the wheels, you'll see the rims diameter isn't constant and fluctuates around a 3/32" difference. It's still a smooth ride, but not that smooth as butter ride you feel on a high dollar bike. Also, my front wheel also is not centered with it's hub.
You can have a bike shop "true" up your wheels so this isn't a problem. I haven't done this to mine yet but plan to in the future.
So, either way, great bike once you get it tuned in.
I'm still riding mine and don't plan on getting a different one. Maybe upgrade some parts, but it's doing great so far.
PROS: Easy assembly, lightweight, pretty
CONS: Requires some tuning
The tires are 700cX25 and have a smooth ride. I had considered buying a pair of Continentals right off the bat,but the "Innova" tires that came on the bike are surprisingly smooth riding.There is another review that says the tires are 700cX23 but mine came with the slightly larger 700cX25. I'm going to ride these tires.
The gears shift smoothly and predictably and were adjusted from the factory so no effort was needed to fix the derailluers or handlebar clickers.
These alloy aero rims are super lightweight!
The only negative I have found:
After reading all the reviews/complaints about flat tires with this bicycle, I took the tires/tubes off the rims and also removed the spoke tape and inspected my rims very carefully. The spoke holes are completely free of burrs or rough edges and the tape is thick enough to cushion the inner tube from the moderately sharp edges that result from precise machining.
I did find burrs and sharp edges where the rim is butted together. I took a Dremel tool and polished the join area to remove the burrs (Sandpaper would have worked too), and then sprayed some white Krylon (12 min dry) to smooth out the area. If you plan on assembling the bike yourself,check this area and do what I did. The tire is easy to get off.If you take it to a bike shop to get it assembled/tuned up please mention to them to make sure to check that area inside of the rim.You won't need $7 rim tape if this area is addressed.
After you assemble your bike, you're definitely going to need to tune it up. I'd recommend just getting onto youtube and watching some videos to learn how to do it yourself. Most of it is really not that hard and it'd be really beneficial for you to know how to do it yourself anyway. If you spend a little time every once in a while tuning up this bike, it will serve you well. Definitely a great buy for someone that doesn't want to drop hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on a road bike.
Like many suggested in the reviews, I bought a set of SRAM rim tape just to be safe. I haven't had a flat yet.
As a side note, this is my first road bike, and it's great passing up pretty much every single biker I come across on the road :)