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Old 05-23-12, 07:43 PM   #1
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Schwin Hinge Folding Bike Questions

So I got the bike today and so far its a great little bike! I definitely need to get some wider pedals even if it means non-folding but the great thing is my gf can ride it. I think she will end up riding the bike more than I will but I still want to some upgrading especially in the handle bar department. So on to the questions, first off are the folding handle bar posts standard on some of these bikes? As some of you may know the handle bars/post are all one piece and I would like to have more adjustment/options. Im not a fan of the hybrid tires so those are out asap, sadly I have been spoiled with disc and coaster brakes on my other bikes, V Brakes are horrible. Thanks to those of you that can help, I know this isnt the fancy folder most of you have but I like it and its a solid bike to be honest.

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Old 05-23-12, 08:51 PM   #2
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I had one of these bikes for a couple months before I moved it to another owner. Its not amazing, but its pretty solid and nice compared to some others budget folders I have had.

V-brakes are very good brakes you may need to read up on how to adjust them. The v-brakes on this one were not high quality, but did the job well enough as I remember it.

I hope you and your GF enjoy the bike. =)
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I don't think I'd give up riding my coaster for any folding bike but to have one in my car for shorts rides is perfect. That is the main reason I can't see myself spending over $300 when I'd only ride every so often. I tried to google folding handle bars but I didn't come up with much. Maybe I need to just order a bar from a better folding bike brand. So far she loves the bike and I have a feeling it will end up hers.
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As Monsterpile said, V-brakes are very good brakes.... far better than any coaster brake can be. They may not be as fade resistant as good disc brakes but they can offer the same level of stopping power. Maybe a good adjustment or even better brake shoes will help. I wouldn't be too surprised if the stock shoes were made of a less than ideal friction compound.

As for the handlebars/stem you just may be SOL unless you're willing to pay the price for a good replacement or have the wherewithal to modify it yourself. That's one of the biggest downsides of the Hinge and why I didn't even consider it when looking for cheap folders. If you are entertaining the thought of modifying the stocker, try to discern the inside diameter of the stem... it may be just the right size to accomodate a cheap old gooseneck stem which not only would allow you swap out handlebars but will enable a little height adjustment as well.

My Citizen Miami (yep, I'm bringing that damned thing up again) came with a seat post that was maybe an inch too short. Luckily it had the exact inside diameter needed to fit a high quality seat post with micro tilt (an item kicking around in my parts bin) so I lopped off the top end of the post, reamed it, cut a slice about 1.5" deep to accomodate a quick release pinch collar and inserted the part bin seat post... voila, a two-part telescoping seat post with more than enough height adjustment. You may be able to do the like with your handlebar stem.
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Did you buy this at a department store? I've had a 5-6 bikes of this category (class?). I was quite happy with them (especially for the price). But, there was no denying that they (3 were Schwinns) were badly assembled by the store. Often the factory assembled parts were in worse condition than the store assembly. For example, wheel and bottom bracket bearings were tightened too much (feeling grumbly). Almost always insufficiently greased. The grease didn't even appear to be grease. It looked more like "cosmoline," a smelly greasy stuff for preserving metal. And, on three occasions the bottom bracket had metal shavings in it. It seemed like they came from the various tubes connected to it. If you open and clean the BB, rotate the bike around shaking it vigorously to see if any more comes out.

A complete overhaul (cleaning and greasing all the bearings) made a world of difference for those bikes. I think it makes the difference between a decent bike for the money and yet another horror story about department store bikes. I imagine many of the "it only lasted 60 days" complaints are a result of the assembly problems I've mentioned.

Be sure to examine the inside of the rims too. Often they'll have some sharp edges/seams. Hone any rough edges down with fine sandpaper or a polishing stone. (I think that's the cause of many of the "it flats every 3 days" complaints these discount bikes get).

I think it can be a really good bike. But, you have to put some sweat equity into it. That's just my experience with bikes of similar price/quality/origin/genre (whatever you want to call it, but I'm talking about discount department-store bikes).
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Schwin Hinge Folding Bike Questions

I found a seller on Amazon that sells thread on pedal extenders so I may give them a try. I've also used a handlebar stem extender on my mountain bike so I may be able to do some chopping and add a different handlebar.
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... wheel and bottom bracket bearings were tightened too much (feeling grumbly). Almost always insufficiently greased... on three occasions the bottom bracket had metal shavings in it... A complete overhaul (cleaning and greasing all the bearings) made a world of difference for those bikes. I think it makes the difference between a decent bike for the money and yet another horror story about department store bikes. I imagine many of the "it only lasted 60 days" complaints are a result of the assembly problems I've mentioned...
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Even high end bikes need a going over and adjustment however department store level bikes need a lot more care. You may as well tear the whole bike down and rebuild it from the ground up. My Citizen came with overtorqued wheel bearings and they were almost completely dry... I put more toothpaste on my toothbrush than they put grease on all four wheel bearings. After some initial 'bonding time' spent with the bike, it now is a wonderful ride.
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Schwin Hinge Folding Bike Questions

I'm going to attempt the handle mod this weekend, I have some bmx style bars I'd like to try.
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