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160 pages

Classic Schwinn Bicycles

Creator: William Love | 2003-04-28

In Classic Schwinn Bicycles, Schwinn expert William Love has compiled a wealth of information for anyone who wants to discover (or rediscover) the magic of these legendary bikes.

Publisher: Motorbooks International

About this book
For the past 107 years, Schwinn bicycles have defined the fun of cycling for countless Americans. No other bicycle has won the hearts of kids or the devotion of adults the way Schwinns have. In Classic Schwinn Bicycles, Schwinn expert William Love has compiled a wealth of information for anyone who wants to discover (or rediscover) the magic of these legendary bikes. From antique bikes to the madcap Krates of the 1960s, Love covers light-, middle-, and heavyweight models, including the famed Sting Ray. Offering a detailed history of each model, Classic Schwinn Bicycles also includes 250 black-and-white photos, a five-star collectibility rating system, and a serial number reference guide. Classic Schwinn Bicycles, the most complete and technical book on these beloved bikes available today, is a must-have for anyone who has ever owned, or dreamed of owning, a classic Schwinn bicycle. Book jacket.


New York

1998

$49 (originally $500), a Schwinn Spinner for $375 (originally $749), a Lifecycle for $750 (originally $2500), a Pacifica multipurpose home gym for $300 ( originally $1195), and a Diamond Back exercise bike for $900 (originally $2300).



160 pages

Schwinn Bicycles

Creator: Jay Pridmore, Jim Hurd | 2001-12-24

This lavishly illustrated volume is overflowing with original archival material, much of it from Chicago's Bicycle Museum of America, and specially commissioned photography.

Publisher: MBI

About this book
The legendary 100-year history of the best-known name in American bicycling. German immigrant Ignaz Schwinn launched the company that bears his name in 1895, setting the bicycling standard in the U.S. for decades to come. This lavishly illustrated volume is overflowing with original archival material, much of it from Chicago's Bicycle Museum of America, and specially commissioned photography. Pridmore and Hurd fully detail Schwinn's technical developments, racing history, and significant models including the Black Phantom, Varsity, Paramount, Fastback, and many others. Contains discussions of Schwinn's foray into motorcycle manufacture. Fabulous!


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Frames of the Schwinn exercise bikes are constructed from metal tubular construction, which provides strength and allows for customization of design in manufacturing.


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  • Schwinn

    Schwinn Adult Exercise Bike Seat Cover

    Sports (Schwinn)

    Rating (14 reviews):
    (3.6/5)
    Schwinn

    Not that comfortable

    0 2/5 Leanne (San Diego, CA) - See all my reviews, November 1, 2009

    comfy butt....

    0 3/5 ditz-zy reviewer - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Schwinn Adult Exercise Bike Seat Cover (Toy) like most gel seats this one is comfy, but it seems to shift around a bit and i wasn't able to get it to tighten well enough to my standard bike seat... great price made up for that. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 25, 2010

    Great for spinning

    0 4/5 A. Landers - See all my reviews, August 22, 2010
    List Price: $16.90
    Soft gel padding
    Fits both stationary and regular bikes
    Center relief zone


  • Schwinn

    Schwinn Adult Double Gel Bicycle Saddle Seat Cover

    Sports (Schwinn)

    Rating (111 reviews):
    (3.8/5)
    Schwinn

    A sitting ovation!

    0 5/5 Kirsten "K.Tip" (Olney, MD United States) - See all my reviews This review is from: Schwinn Adult Double Gel Bicycle Saddle Seat Cover (Sports) As much as I like standing climbs in my spinning classes, now I also enjoy sitting! This gel seat cover easily fits onto the seat to provide comfort at a VERY reasonable cost. At the end of a ride, my bottom is no longer sore. I have told, and will continue to tell everyone in my spinning classes to purchase this item! I will never ride a bike without this seat cover again! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 27, 2007

    Extra Comfort

    0 5/5 rbh22 (East Texas) - See all my reviews This review is from: Schwinn Adult Double Gel Bicycle Saddle Seat Cover (Sports) The gel seat cover made a big difference while riding my bike. It provided the much needed cushioning that I desired. It fit perfectly over the seat that was on my Schwinn bike. It fit snugly and does not move around while riding. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 21, 2007

    my backside thanks you

    0 5/5 Ro "Ro of Lucy" (Baltimore,MD) - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Schwinn Adult Double Gel Bicycle Saddle Seat Cover (Sports) Good price, nice product, fits my regular bike and the bike in the gym for my spinning class and my backside thanks you : ) 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , August 8, 2007
    List Price: $19.99
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    Adult bicycle saddle seat cover with gel padding
    Weatherproof Lycra spandex cover for long term durability
    Super-soft gel padding increases the cushioning of your bike seat
    Drawstring design offers a custom fit for most bike saddles
    Cover measures 11 inches tip to tail and 8 inches wide


  • OLD SCHOOL STYLE BICYCLE SPEEDOMETER FITS 26-27in. WHEELS

    Sports

    Rating (47 reviews):
    (3.8/5)

    A nice speedo that has a smooth action, easy to install.

    0 5/5 aloekat - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: OLD SCHOOL STYLE BICYCLE SPEEDOMETER FITS 26-27in. WHEELS I put my speedometer on a Walmart 26" Schwinn cruiser. I also have a china 2 stroke motor on it, my bike is a lot of fun to ride and this speedo helps set the pace as I ride to work everyday. The vibration from the motor does not affect it at all and I was surprised how steady the needle is, even going down hill at 25 mph. I cruise about 20 mph and peddle about 5 mph. Only 50 miles on the speedo so far but seems to operate dependably. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 4, 2013

    looks good but thats it!

    0 3/5 Happy "D" - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: OLD SCHOOL STYLE BICYCLE SPEEDOMETER FITS 26-27in. WHEELS its a great looking speedometer,but thats it ,it is not accurate at all the needle bounces around after about i5 mph .i guess you get what you pay for! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , April 21, 2011

    bicycle speedometer

    0 4/5 dragonwing - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: OLD SCHOOL STYLE BICYCLE SPEEDOMETER FITS 26-27in. WHEELS A lot easier to SEE compared to those one inch square digital jobs! Perfect if youjust need to know how far (and how fast!)! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 2, 2010


  • Schwinn

    Schwinn Meridian Adult 26-Inch 3-Wheel Bike (Blue)

    Sports (Schwinn)

    Rating (166 reviews):
    (4.1/5)
    Schwinn

    Excellent Bike!

    I purchased this bike based on the reviews. It arrived quickly and it's great! It rides very nice. I'm a 38 with a back problem that keeps me from riding a regular bike. This was the PERFECT answer for me. I can ride with the kids and Hubby without any problems and without worrying about hurting my back while balancing a regular bike. The basket is great! You can fit a lot of stuff in it for a long bike ride (water,blanks, food, kites! A small sized dog could easily ride in the basket too!). Best part about the basket is that it collapses and folds onto its self so that it can be a flat "bed". There was just a few items to assemble. Most of the bike was pre-assembled, which surprised me. You do have to put on the, steering wheel, front tire and fender, the rear tires and fenders, the foot pedals, and connect the rear frame with the front frame (two bolts) and a small drive chain--which was easy. The basket has four bolts to attach it to the frame and that's basically... 5/5 Katy S. (Bakersfield, CA United States) - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Schwinn 26" Meridian Adult Tricycle (Sports) I purchased this bike based on the reviews. It arrived quickly and it's great! It rides very nice. I'm a 38 with a back problem that keeps me from riding a regular bike. This was the PERFECT answer for me. I can ride with the kids and Hubby without any problems and without worrying about hurting my back while balancing a regular bike. The basket is great! You can fit a lot of stuff in it for a long bike ride (water,blanks, food, kites! A small sized dog could easily ride in the basket too!). Best part about the basket is that it collapses and folds onto its self so that it can be a flat "bed". There was just a few items to assemble. Most of the bike was pre-assembled, which surprised me. You do have to put on the, steering wheel, front tire and fender, the rear tires and fenders, the foot pedals, and connect the rear frame with the front frame (two bolts) and a small drive chain--which was easy. The basket has four bolts to attach it to the frame and that's basically... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 14, 2007

    Very Happy In Denver

    0 5/5 Maureen Revello - See all my reviews, August 20, 2007

    GREAT bike for a GREAT price :-)

    0 5/5 J. Lawson "Broken" (CO, USA) - See all my reviews This review is from: Schwinn 26" Meridian Adult Tricycle (Sports) I got one of these very recently, because I cannot ride a 2-wheeled bike due to balance issues from a brain injury. It was relatively easy to assemble, 'though I did require help. I am very happy with it so far! It is able to get me around my small town without any problems! I highly recommend this product for those who cannot ride a regular 2-wheeler! The basket is VERY nice and large and also easily collapsible. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 16, 2007
    List Price: $399.99
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    Alloy rims with stainless-steel spokes and smooth-riding tires
    Folding rear basket is perfect for picnics or storing groceries
    Single-speed, 3-wheeled bike with lightweight aluminum step-through frame
    Comfortable padded spring cruiser saddle; upright handlebars
    Rear hand brake and front linear pull brake for reliable, sure stopping


  • Xander Bicycle Corporation

    Critical Cycles Dutch Style Step-Thru 7-Speed Shimano Hybrid Urban Commuter Road Bicycle, Black, Large/44cm

    Sports (Xander Bicycle Corporation)

    Rating (30 reviews):
    (3.4/5)
    Xander Bicycle Corporation

    Perfect Bike with 2 notable flaws

    Bought this bike on a whim as there were few reviews for this specific model. Most reviews on their site is for their fixed gear bike.Product arrived in one large box, make sure you are there when the package man arrives otherwise you may have to haul the over sized package from a ups/FedEx drop facility which I imagine would be challenging.Inside the bike was mostly assembled as claimed by the manufacturer. However there were not any instructions in the box. The instructions on the website were for their fixed gear bike. However taking stock of the parts it seemed like it only needed a few screws here and there, and the front wheel installed. I used the detailed picture view on amazon and the manufacturer website to see where things go. Customer support was very quick in answering questions.Once assembled I took it to the bike shop for brake tuning which cost 15 dollars.On the first couple of rides, it rides beautifully, minor issues,... 4/5 Gold N Boy (Chicago) - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Critical Cycles Dutch Style Step-Thru 7-Speed Shimano Hybrid Urban Commuter Road Bicycle (Sports) Bought this bike on a whim as there were few reviews for this specific model. Most reviews on their site is for their fixed gear bike.Product arrived in one large box, make sure you are there when the package man arrives otherwise you may have to haul the over sized package from a ups/FedEx drop facility which I imagine would be challenging.Inside the bike was mostly assembled as claimed by the manufacturer. However there were not any instructions in the box. The instructions on the website were for their fixed gear bike. However taking stock of the parts it seemed like it only needed a few screws here and there, and the front wheel installed. I used the detailed picture view on amazon and the manufacturer website to see where things go. Customer support was very quick in answering questions.Once assembled I took it to the bike shop for brake tuning which cost 15 dollars.On the first couple of rides, it rides beautifully, minor issues,... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 6, 2013

    Nice looking, has issues. You get what you pay for.

    I ordered this bike from Critical Cycles website in May. A little over a month later it finally arrived yesterday.PACKAGINGThe bike came in a huge cardboard box with front wheel tied to main frame by means of tape, plastic sheets, and zip cords. There is no extra protection besides the cardboard box. I noticed few dents on the chain guard and rear fender upon arrival; I'm disappointed but I'm too lazy to do anything about it as the thought of repackaging and demanding my money back after waiting for a month for it to arrive is even more tiring.INSTRUCTIONThere is no instruction included, which I was already aware of from other reviews. I thought I was going to be OK with this, but after the experience of building it yesterday I think even a simple instruction would have been nice. I had no computer near me as I was in the foyer and I had to run up and down the stairs to the computer to see what detail I missed. I tried to look at pictures on my... 3/5 Laine D - See all my reviews This review is from: Critical Cycles Dutch Style Step-Thru 7-Speed Shimano Hybrid Urban Commuter Road Bicycle (Sports) I ordered this bike from Critical Cycles website in May. A little over a month later it finally arrived yesterday.PACKAGINGThe bike came in a huge cardboard box with front wheel tied to main frame by means of tape, plastic sheets, and zip cords. There is no extra protection besides the cardboard box. I noticed few dents on the chain guard and rear fender upon arrival; I'm disappointed but I'm too lazy to do anything about it as the thought of repackaging and demanding my money back after waiting for a month for it to arrive is even more tiring.INSTRUCTIONThere is no instruction included, which I was already aware of from other reviews. I thought I was going to be OK with this, but after the experience of building it yesterday I think even a simple instruction would have been nice. I had no computer near me as I was in the foyer and I had to run up and down the stairs to the computer to see what detail I missed. I tried to look at pictures on my... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 27, 2013

    several parts missing in our boxes

    0 3/5 CriticalCyclesTEAM, August 27, 2013
    List Price: $299.99
    Standard with Kenda Kwest Tires (50 Value), the perfect hybrid/touring tire designed with smooth rounded tread with large water dispersion grooves
    Includes many add-on features such as Rear-Rack, Front and Rear Fenders, Vintage Style Chrome Bullet Headlamp
    Lightweight Hand-Built Step-Thru Steel Frame designed with an Upright position Ð designed for Urban City Commuting, Leisure Riding and Exercise
    Commuter Bicycles are available in small & large sizes, as single-speed or 7-speed and all tools are included to build your own bike
    Shimano 7-Speed Drivetrain utilized for the modern, urban hybrid rider, with retro appeal and admirable functionality


  • Pyramid

    Speedometer Pyramid 26/27 with Resettable Odometer

    Sports (Pyramid)

    Rating (140 reviews):
    (3.2/5)
    Pyramid

    Pyramid Speedometer/Odometer Installation

    I purchased this item from Niagara Cycle Works and received it promptly. Their price was more appealing than RDS Bikes. This type of instrument was common years ago but the older ones were made of metal and had a small diameter metal wheel attached to the spokes. The disc was perforated near the outside edge and a metal gear meshed with the disc to drive the speedometer cable which in turn operated the speedometer and odometer. This made in China product is genuine plastic. While not the quality of the old American models, it operates very well and for the money I am most satisfied with it. It is easy to read while riding compared to the electronic models which can be very difficult due to light reflection. The installation is very simple. Noting a complaint regarding lack of instructions, here is how installation is done: The accessory has 3 basic parts - the head (as pictured above), the drive cable and the drive gear assembly. Starting at the bottom, the drive gear has a metal arm... 4/5 Ward Boote "Bootlegger" (Wyalusing, PA in The Heart of the Endless Mountains)) - See all my reviews, April 27, 2007

    Mounting Instructions

    After struggling for some time with the speedometer without instructions I decided to write a short instruction--I hope it will help without pictures. The main idea is that the speedometer is attached to middle right side of the handlebar and the grey round plastic part that turns inside the suspension forks of the front wheel on the right. Then just attach the short black cable and you are done. I can't believe that they dared to sell this item without instructions; therefore only three stars. Otherwise, I would have given 5 stars because it is great fun and EASY to read. And you do not have the problem that the display turns black when the sun shines on it, which can be the case with the electronic speedometers.1. Attach the speedometer with the large black plastic screw to the metal mounting bracket by aligning it with the two indentations. Make sure the speedometer is not upside down. (Do not remove the two screws at the bottom of the speedometer)2. Then attach... 3/5 Joseph (USA) - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Speedometer Pyramid 26/27 with Resettable Odometer After struggling for some time with the speedometer without instructions I decided to write a short instruction--I hope it will help without pictures. The main idea is that the speedometer is attached to middle right side of the handlebar and the grey round plastic part that turns inside the suspension forks of the front wheel on the right. Then just attach the short black cable and you are done. I can't believe that they dared to sell this item without instructions; therefore only three stars. Otherwise, I would have given 5 stars because it is great fun and EASY to read. And you do not have the problem that the display turns black when the sun shines on it, which can be the case with the electronic speedometers.1. Attach the speedometer with the large black plastic screw to the metal mounting bracket by aligning it with the two indentations. Make sure the speedometer is not upside down. (Do not remove the two screws at the bottom of the speedometer)2. Then attach... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 30, 2007

    Loved it while it worked

    0 3/5 R. A. THOMSON (Colorado) - See all my reviews, November 10, 2007
    List Price: $20.00
    Displays both miles per hour and RPM
    Fits 26" and 27" bicycles
    Comes with cable and mounting hardware


  • Xander Bicycle Corporation

    Critical Cycles Dutch Style Step-Thru 1-Speed Hybrid Urban Commuter Road Bicycle, Coral, Large/44cm

    Sports (Xander Bicycle Corporation)

    Rating (17 reviews):
    (3.6/5)
    Xander Bicycle Corporation

    some good qualities

    0 2/5 Lacey J. Fleckenstein - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Critical Cycles Dutch Style Step-Thru 1-Speed Hybrid Urban Commuter Road Bicycle (Sports) I received this bike and couldn't wait to open it. It looks great put together...if you can figure it out without any instructions. They give you a website to go to but it's a YouTube video of a some other bike from a different brand being put together. It's great looking if u can get it all together. I am still waiting to ride it as I did not receive the screw that tightens the seat in place and will have to buy one somewhere. Also, the kickstand is angled so far forward that the bike tips the other way if I try to stand it up. Oh yeah...the back fender rubs the tire so I will have to bend that. Also two reflectors didn't come with any mounts and I have two screws left over that are mismatched to each other but don't fit the bike. And....the rack is loose. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , April 3, 2013

    Read this before buying

    I dont usually write reviews but I cant help but have to write this one in order to warn other customers about this bike. I was really excited to receive this bike and now I have spent time putting it together, only to send it back, carry it to the post office and wait for a refund. Not worth it.First of all, the biggest problem was that I ordered a black bike. Everything was black except the rear tire which was the hunter green they also sell. The bike comes with the back tire assembled, so this was a big mistake on their part.There are no directions, and I knew I had to watch a video to assemble it. Okay cool...problem is that the website sends you to a bike that is not the bike I bought or even the same brand. OKAYYYYY I go on their website. They have instructions but its only for their other bike, not the dutch style one. OKAYYY ill look at the picture of the bike they have and make sure im doing this right, but nope! their picture doesnt match the extra... 1/5 CriticalCyclesTEAM, June 4, 2013

    Awgul experience, low quality, horrible customer service.

    0 1/5 Coronado Connection (Coronado, California, USA) - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Critical Cycles Dutch Style Step-Thru 1-Speed Hybrid Urban Commuter Road Bicycle (Sports) I dont usually write reviews but I cant help but have to write this one in order to warn other customers about this bike. I was really excited to receive this bike and now I have spent time putting it together, only to send it back, carry it to the post office and wait for a refund. Not worth it.First of all, the biggest problem was that I ordered a black bike. Everything was black except the rear tire which was the hunter green they also sell. The bike comes with the back tire assembled, so this was a big mistake on their part.There are no directions, and I knew I had to watch a video to assemble it. Okay cool...problem is that the website sends you to a bike that is not the bike I bought or even the same brand. OKAYYYYY I go on their website. They have instructions but its only for their other bike, not the dutch style one. OKAYYY ill look at the picture of the bike they have and make sure im doing this right, but nope! their picture doesnt match the extra... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 2, 2013
    List Price: $249.99
    Price: $237.86
    You Save: $12.13 (5%)
    Includes many add-on features such as Rear-Rack, Front and Rear Fenders, Vintage Style Chrome Bullet Headlamp
    Single-Speed Drivetrain with a Coaster Brake utilized for the modern, urban hybrid rider, with retro appeal and admirable functionality
    Commuter Bicycles are available in small & large sizes, as single-speed or 7-speed and all tools are included to build your own bike
    Standard with Kenda Kwest Tires (50 Value), the perfect hybrid/touring tire designed with smooth rounded tread with large water dispersion grooves
    Lightweight Hand-Built Step-Thru Steel Frame designed with an Upright position Ð designed for Urban City Commuting, Leisure Riding and Exercise


  • Xander Bicycle Corporation

    Critical Cycles Diamond Frame 1-Speed Hybrid Urban Commuter Road Bicycle, Cream, Small/50cm

    Sports (Xander Bicycle Corporation)

    Rating (5 reviews):
    (3.6/5)
    Xander Bicycle Corporation

    No instructions. Pedal fell off 2nd time riding it.

    The bike looks nice. It comes with a lot of bells (literally) and whistles. I was super into this bike when I first got it set-up. It's simple and light. I wish it came with some instructions for assembly, but it's far enough along that the pictures on this page should be enough for you to figure it out.The bad stuff: the bike scratches super easily, but I kind of want it to look a little beat-up to deter thieves, so that might not be a bad thing. What REALLY bothers me is that today, the 2nd day of my ownership, the pedal fell off. The hole in the crank is just totally worn out, when I tried figuring out what happen, a bunch of fine filings came out, as if the thread was just totally demolished. Installing it felt totally fine, so either I'm secretly mega-strong or the metal is junk. Considering that the pedals are the brakes on this thing, having them suddenly fall off is pretty distressing! I'll be contacting critical about getting replacement crank, preferably from... 2/5 Adalberto N. Garza (MIT, Hell) - See all my reviews, June 30, 2013

    I Expected To RIDE This Bike

    I was SO excited to get this bike!!!It's beautiful and affordable (compared to the real deal) but NOT FUNCTIONAL. I am currently sitting in my apartment absolutely pissed because I was half way through assembly when I realized the Left Pedal and it's receiver were stripped! I can't screw in the pedal, and upon closer inspection it looked like it was used before - stripped down with black scuffs and dirt chunks on it.After inspecting the bike I realized this - some of the parts looked brand spanking new, and others not so much. For one, the pedal that I couldn't install was obviously pre-used and pre-stripped. The tires were slightly worn with black, dirty streaks on the center of the tread.Additionally, the front fender was bent and missing the installation hardware. The bonus reflectors they included were also missing all of the installation hardware.I know this isn't a million dollar bike, but I expect some quality control, all new parts, and most... 2/5 LI (USA) - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Critical Cycles Diamond Frame 1-Speed Hybrid Urban Commuter Road Bicycle (Sports) I was SO excited to get this bike!!!It's beautiful and affordable (compared to the real deal) but NOT FUNCTIONAL. I am currently sitting in my apartment absolutely pissed because I was half way through assembly when I realized the Left Pedal and it's receiver were stripped! I can't screw in the pedal, and upon closer inspection it looked like it was used before - stripped down with black scuffs and dirt chunks on it.After inspecting the bike I realized this - some of the parts looked brand spanking new, and others not so much. For one, the pedal that I couldn't install was obviously pre-used and pre-stripped. The tires were slightly worn with black, dirty streaks on the center of the tread.Additionally, the front fender was bent and missing the installation hardware. The bonus reflectors they included were also missing all of the installation hardware.I know this isn't a million dollar bike, but I expect some quality control, all new parts, and most... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , August 7, 2013

    Great... before it broke

    I really enjoyed this bike while it functioned properly, but that was a short period of time. Two months after buying the bike, I noticed the pedal come loose while riding it. When I pulled over to take a look, I found that the threads had completely worn away. The pedal could have totally fallen out while I was riding it. Since the pedals are also the braking mechanism, this presents a very dangerous situation. Critical Cycles was of no help when I contacted them. The bike looks great, but unfortunately it's ultimately a low quality product from what seems to be a low quality manufacturer.UPDATE: Critical Cycles reversed course and decided to ship a new crank set. I very much appreciate their decision, and they always responded to problems quickly. Still, the malfunction put me in a dangerous position and cannot be completely rectified by a part replacement because there was potential for serious damage. Critical Cycles seems to be trying hard, but at the end of the day... 4/5 Henry Davidge - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Critical Cycles Diamond Frame 1-Speed Hybrid Urban Commuter Road Bicycle (Sports) I really enjoyed this bike while it functioned properly, but that was a short period of time. Two months after buying the bike, I noticed the pedal come loose while riding it. When I pulled over to take a look, I found that the threads had completely worn away. The pedal could have totally fallen out while I was riding it. Since the pedals are also the braking mechanism, this presents a very dangerous situation. Critical Cycles was of no help when I contacted them. The bike looks great, but unfortunately it's ultimately a low quality product from what seems to be a low quality manufacturer.UPDATE: Critical Cycles reversed course and decided to ship a new crank set. I very much appreciate their decision, and they always responded to problems quickly. Still, the malfunction put me in a dangerous position and cannot be completely rectified by a part replacement because there was potential for serious damage. Critical Cycles seems to be trying hard, but at the end of the day... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , August 6, 2013
    List Price: $249.99
    Price: $237.86
    You Save: $12.13 (5%)
    Single-Speed Drivetrain with a Coaster Brake utilized for the modern, urban hybrid rider, with retro appeal and admirable functionality
    Commuter Bicycles are available in small & large sizes, as single-speed or 7-speed and all tools are included to build your own bike
    Includes many add-on features such as Rear-Rack, Front and Rear Fenders, Vintage Style Chrome Bullet Headlamp
    Standard with Kenda Kwest Tires (50 Value), the perfect hybrid/touring tire designed with smooth rounded tread with large water dispersion grooves
    Lightweight Hand-Built Diamond Steel Frame designed with an Upright position -- perfect for Urban City Commuting, Leisure Rides, or Exercise


  • Xander Bicycle Corporation

    Critical Cycles Diamond Frame 7-Speed Shimano Hybrid Urban Commuter Road Bicycle, Black, Small/50cm

    Sports (Xander Bicycle Corporation)

    Rating (22 reviews):
    (3.3/5)
    Xander Bicycle Corporation

    I had several problems getting my bike ready to ride

    1. Both pedal cones were much too tight, so they didn't rotate freely. They're adjustable by prying out the black plastic cap if you have the right metric socket, but you have to know to set them about .010" too loose by feel so that when you re-tighten the locknut the clearance is just right.2. Someone else said here that their bike came with the derailleur adjusted just right. Mine was way out of whack...which turned out to be because the frame tab that the derailleur mounts to was bent about 5 degrees off the correct angle to the bike axis. Fortunately (I guess) the low-strength steel used for the frame allowed the tab to easily be bent to the right angle. Then I had to reset all three setup screws and the cable length trim. This is kind of an exotic thing to be wrong with a brand new bike.3. Both wheels are out of true...about a sixteenth of an inch in roundness and another sixteenth of an inch in flatness. I'd expect a factory-new bike's wheels to have... 3/5 John Schaefer - See all my reviews, April 24, 2013

    Good bike for a great price

    This review is for the Critical Urban Commuter 7-speed.I got my Critical in April. I've ridden about 60 miles on both paved trails and city streets. Overall, I'm very happy with it. It's a great beginner bike. A few Pros/Cons, in no particular order:Pro: Value - The price point on this bike ($300) is what attracted me. I shopped around my local bike stores. To get a basic road bike (without a rack, headlamp, or fenders) would cost $550-650 at most shops. With those extras, it's quite the deal. Quality might be a step down from a Giant or Trek, but it's probably not far off. You can get a cheaper bike at Wal-Mart or Target, I'm sure, but the quality won't be as good. If you're considering the bike, do factor in $50 or so for your local bike mechanic to tune it up before riding.Pro: Shipping/assembly - I got everything out of the box fine, and nothing seemed missing or broken. I didn't have any instructions, and I couldn't find any online. I emailed... 4/5 CriticalCyclesTEAM, May 20, 2013

    Decent bike but a lot of problems

    This bike was a lot more difficult to assemble than advertised and no instructions were included in the box. I was unable to get the handlebars in, the seat was missing a screw and the fender was far too close to the back wheel to the point where it wouldn't turn. I brought it to a bike shop that was able to put in the handlebars and replace the missing screw on the seat but were unable to fix the back fender. ($60 tune up charge) I contacted the company and they sent me a replacement fender. Great. Or so I thought.After taking apart the back of the bike to get the fender off the last screw near the pedals was completely stripped (please note this is BEFORE I attempted to unscrew it at all) After trying for over an hour with various screwdrivers and pliers I was unable to take that last screw out and I had to return it to a bike shop and they had to drill the screw out. The new fender was also not a perfect fit and they had to add an extra washer to push the fender... 1/5 Don Gale - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Critical Cycles Diamond Frame 7-Speed Shimano Hybrid Urban Commuter Road Bicycle (Sports) This review is for the Critical Urban Commuter 7-speed.I got my Critical in April. I've ridden about 60 miles on both paved trails and city streets. Overall, I'm very happy with it. It's a great beginner bike. A few Pros/Cons, in no particular order:Pro: Value - The price point on this bike ($300) is what attracted me. I shopped around my local bike stores. To get a basic road bike (without a rack, headlamp, or fenders) would cost $550-650 at most shops. With those extras, it's quite the deal. Quality might be a step down from a Giant or Trek, but it's probably not far off. You can get a cheaper bike at Wal-Mart or Target, I'm sure, but the quality won't be as good. If you're considering the bike, do factor in $50 or so for your local bike mechanic to tune it up before riding.Pro: Shipping/assembly - I got everything out of the box fine, and nothing seemed missing or broken. I didn't have any instructions, and I couldn't find any online. I emailed... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 28, 2013
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    Lightweight Hand-Built Diamond Steel Frame designed with an Upright position -- perfect for Urban City Commuting, Leisure Rides, or Exercise
    Shimano 7-Speed Drivetrain utilized for the modern, urban hybrid rider, with retro appeal and admirable functionality
    Includes many add-on features such as Rear-Rack, Front and Rear Fenders, Vintage Style Chrome Bullet Headlamp
    Commuter Bicycles are available in small & large sizes, as single-speed or 7-speed and all tools are included to build your own bike
    Standard with Kenda Kwest Tires (50 Value), the perfect hybrid/touring tire designed with smooth rounded tread with large water dispersion grooves