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Schwinn Meridian Adult 26-Inch 3-Wheel Bike
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- Single-speed, 3-wheeled bike with lightweight aluminum step-through frame
- Rear hand brake and front linear pull brake for reliable, sure stopping
- Alloy rims with stainless-steel spokes and smooth-riding tires
- Comfortable padded spring cruiser saddle; upright handlebars
- Folding rear basket is perfect for picnics or storing groceries
|Frame Material Type||aluminum|
Cruise around in comfort and style with this easy-to-use, single-speed three-wheeled Schwinn Meridian bike. The bike features a low step-through frame, an upright handlebar, padded cruiser saddle, and front and rear brakes. Perfect for rides around town or through the park on a warm, sunny day, the bike features a folding rear basket to stash your picnic lunch or extra jacket. The Meridian also offers a lightweight aluminum frame for a comfortable and stable ride.
- Frame Type: Tricycle cruiser
- Frame Material: Aluminum
- Gearing: Single speed
- Brakes: Rear band brake with front linear pull brake
- Wheels: Alloy rims with stainless steel spokes
Founded in 1895, Schwinn is an American icon that has been synonymous with quality and innovation. They have built some of the best-known and best loved bikes of numerous generations--Aerocycle, Paramount, Phantom, Varsity, Sting-Ray, Krate and Homegrown. Today, Schwinn continues to be a leader in the industry with innovative bikes such as the new Sting-Ray, Rocket mountain bikes, and Fastback road bikes. With a continued dedication to quality, forever synonymous with the Schwinn name, America's most famous bicycle brand looks forward to providing another century of innovation, freedom and performance to people of all ages.
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Finding the Right Bike
To really enjoy cycling, it's important to find a bicycle that works for you. Here are some things to keep in mind when you're in the market for a new bike:
The Right Ride
In general, bikes are broken down into three major categories:
- Road and Racing Bikes--As a general rule, road and racing are built for speed and longer distances on paved surfaces. Thinner tires, lightweight 29-inch (700c) wheels and drop bars that allow for a more aerodynamic position are the norm. Most road bikes, regardless of price, offer many gears for tackling both hilly and flat terrain.
- Mountain Bikes--With their larger tires, hill-friendly gearing and upright position, mountain bikes are very popular for all types of riding, both on pavement and off. Mountain bikes that are designed specifically for rugged trail use typically feature a suspension fork. Some may have rear suspension, as well. A quick change of the tires on any mountain bike--even one that you use regularly on trails--adds to its versatility and makes it a worthy street machine.
- Comfort/Cruiser Bikes--For tooling around on bike paths, light trails, or for cruising a quiet beach-side lane, comfort/cruiser bikes are the ticket. With a super-relaxed riding position, padded seats, and limited or no gearing, these bikes are made for enjoying the scenery and having fun with the family.
The Right Price
A bike's price boils down to three essentials: frame materials, bike weight, and component quality and durability.
- Entry-level--You'll find a wide range of comfort and cruiser bikes in this category, as well as some lower-end mountain bikes and road bikes. Most will have steel frames and components that are designed to last for several years with frequent use.
- Mid-range--Bikes in this range may feature a lighter aluminum frame with mid-range components that keep performing after miles of use. If you're looking for a quality bike that is relatively lightweight and will stand up to abuse, this is the "sweet spot." Most serious commuter and touring bikes fall into this category, as do mid-range mountain bikes with a decent front suspension.
- High-end--Racers and serious enthusiasts who expect lightweight, high-performance components will want to stick to this category. For road bikes, exotic frame materials (carbon fiber, titanium) and ultra-lightweight components can add thousands to the price tag. Mountain bikes in this class often feature advanced front and rear suspension technology, as well as components designed to handle lots of rugged trail action.
The Right Size
Fit is crucial for comfort, control, and proper power and endurance on a bike. Here are some basic bike fit tips:
- Stand-over Height--To find out if a bike's overall height fits your body, measure your inseam. Next, determine how much clearance you'll need between your crotch and the top tube of the bike. For a mountain bike, you'll want three to five inches of clearance. A road bike should offer between one and two inches of clearance, while a commuter bike should have two to four inches. Compare the stand-over height for a given bike to your measurements (inseam + clearance) to determine the right bike height.
- Top Tube Length--You can measure your torso to get a good estimate of proper top tube length. First, make a fist and extend your arm. Measure from the center of your fist to the end of your collarbone (the part that intersects your shoulder). Next, measure your torso by placing a book against your crotch with the spine facing up. Measure from the spine to the bottom of your throat (the spot between your collarbones). Finally, add the two measurements (arm length + torso length), divide the number in half and subtract six inches. This is your approximate top tube length. Compare this number to a bike's posted top tube length. You can allow for about two inches longer or shorter, as most bikes can be adjusted via stem length/height and saddle fore/aft position to make fine adjustments to the fit.
- Bikes for Women--Proportionally, women tend to have a shorter torso and longer legs than men. Bike makers design women's bikes that offer a shorter top tube and many comfort/cruiser bikes built for women may also provide more stand-over clearance.
The Right Accessories
When you make a bike purchase, don't forget these crucial add-ons:
- Helmet (this is a must!)
- Seat pack
- Hydration pack, or water bottles and bottle cages
- Spare tubes
- Portable bike pump
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All of the parts were there and contrary to other reviews, I found the instruction manual quite detailed, logical, and got be through to completion of build in about 1 1/2 hrs. They had pictures of the specific parts and exactly how they attach. Perhaps Schwinn took some of the older reviews to heart and made an updated assembly manual for this year's model.
One problem I found was the the seat was tilted to the right. I put it on a level and I showed that the seat frame
assembly is skewed a bit that causes the right tilt. I called the 800 # and spoke to customer service yesterday (9/11/12)and the rep (who was very pleasent) said that they had a new seat and seat post in stock and would send it to me.
Another problem that developed during my first test ride yesterday was a loud clicking sound when you stop pedaling and start to coast. The anoying sound comes from the back "free-hub" and resonates to the front crank/bottom bracket area.
I am going to call customer service tomorrow and see what can be done for this issue. I did notice that a person that did a review on this bike and gave it a 1 star, experienced the same noise I did. He said:
"P.S. If you experience a noise near the rear of the trike, it is due to poor design and craftsman ship. as there are two very large spacers between the bearings (that the drive shaft passes through) that are detached and move about while you ride. Pacific Cycles recommend that you oil and tighten the outer bolts of the drive shaft a few time and that will fix the noise. Wrong! to fix this have someone weld some inserts in the hubs of the rear end so that the bearings don't push through (yes it is too much work).
(update) Well, this one just like my first one, broke and the funny thing is, that it broke in the same place which was the chain for the driving shaft."
I spoke with customer service and they were familiar with my noise issue and said the same thing they told the guy above. Well, after disassembling the rear axle and the 4 bearing and the two hollow spacers, I found that the problem was that the drive shaft (axle) was bowed. I told customer service that and she said that she was sending me new bearings, spacers and axle. I'm finding that this bike is more trouble than it is worth, but I'm going to install the new parts when they come and hope it works...If not, it's going back to Amazon.
Well, the replacement axle, bearings, and spacers arrived, and after installing them the same noise continued. I now believe that the problem lies with the two seperate parts of the frame (where the axle goes through) are not lined-up with each other and causing the axle to not freely rotate. It will rotate, but it's as if it's spring loaded and stops at one rotation.
Anyway, bottom line, it's going back to Amazon and I'll look for another bike. Too bad, because if it weren't for this issue, it's otherwise a pretty good bike for the money.
This made in China tricycle has a lot going for it, including a very capacious carrier/metal basket, quickly and easily adjusted saddle,brakes that lock in position so that the bike will not roll away, but note the following:
It is heavy. You will need to be quite strong if you need to pick it up.
It is 28.5 inches at its widest point. It will not pass through my side door, though it will through the front door.
Will it work for my 5'3 inch wife? It is quite big.
MOST IMPORTANTLY. My recommendation is that you have it shipped to your nearest Schwinn bike shop for assembly unless you are mechanically inclined and have the necessary tools.
NO REVIEWS I HAVE READ POINT OUT YOU NEED TO USE A TORQUE WRENCH WHEN ASSEMBLING THIS TRIKE,an item not to be found in most households and which costs $45 to purchase. I suspect buyers have used a regular spanner which is highly unlikely to tighten a nut correctly.
On balance, I decided to have the trike professionally assembled using the right tools. The cost of doing this was $70. The Schwinn Cyclery who handled this task found that a bolt and two nuts were missing from the kit.
I bought this bike as a Christmas gift for my Mom, and although the purchase worked out in the end, it was not pleasant due to many problems which I attribute to the manufacturer (Pacific Cycle) more so than Amazon.
When I received the bike the box was in relatively good shape, but the staples had come off the top flaps so they were pretty much wide open. Upon unpacking the bike, I realized that there were various nuts/bolts/washers loose in the box. It turns out that rather than providing this hardware in bags, the parts were loosely attached to their respective mount points on the bike frame.
It INITIALLY (an important point, as you'll soon see) took me about 2 hours to put the bike together. No thanks to the manual, which is not specific to this Meridian bike, but rather is a generic manual for the company's many two-wheel models. As a result, there were lots of different instructions depending on what type of fork, crank, brakes, etc. the bike has. That fact, combined with lots of jargon and vague diagrams, makes it so it takes a while to figure out which parts of the manual are relevant to the Meridian. There is a paper addendum specific to the Meridian, but it only tells you how to connect the rear axle to the front frame and build the basket.
Before I could complete the assembly, it became clear that I was missing four washers and that the front wheel was slightly warped. When I called the company's customer service line about the missing/damaged parts, the rep, who was friendly and helpful enough, insisted that all the hardware should have been in bags. I can assure you, as I did her, that they were not. In any event, she told me to expect replacement parts within 10 business days.
Sure enough, a box arrived in about a week, but when I opened it I found that although they had sent lots of nuts and bolts I didn't need, they failed to send ANY of the washers that I did. Moreover, they sent the replacement wheel without a tire or inner tube, with no instructions whatsoever on how to transfer that stuff from the old wheel to the new one.
Now here's the best (worst) part. When I called Pacific Cycle customer service again, I got a recorded message saying they could not take my call because the reps were all in an "all-day training session". Seriously.
I wish I was making this up, but apparently this company thinks it's OK to take their entire customer support staff offline for a day (this was on a Thursday, BTW) in order to do customer service training. Oh, the irony...
Long story short, I wound up going to Home Depot for the missing washers (not exact matches, but close enough) and using Google to figure out how to remove and then and mount the tire and inner tube to the new wheel without damaging them. Not easy, by the way-- I used a spoon as a tool.)
Anyway, nearly a month after I bought it, the bike is finally built and (so far) seems to be working fine. The bottom line is that while this is a good bike at a great price, it's a good bet that there will be extra costs in terms of time and aggravation.
This is the reply they sent back:
Thank you for contacting us. The Schwinn Meridian trikes are tested with a total load of 350 pounds.
|P| 800.626.2811|F| 800.858.2800
|A| Pacific Cycle
4730 E Radio Tower Lane
Olney, IL 62450