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Review: Men’s Riverside Schwinn Model S5368KMA

Old 05-27-14, 12:24 PM
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Review: Men’s Riverside Schwinn Model S5368KMA

Review of “Men’s Riverside Schwinn” Model S5368KMA. Badge: “Schwinn Quality”; Price range (2014): $120 - $200; Category: Comfort/cruiser; Frame: Steel; Weight: 39.6 lbs (18 kg); Rims: Alloy; Tires: “57x559, 26x2.125 Nylon. MAX Load 100 KG, 220 LBS. MAX. Inflate to 40 P.S.I., 280 kPa. Made in China.”; Crank: Steel, single-piece; Chain ring: 44; Cassette: 14-15-17-19-21-24-28; Gear inches: 90-84-74-66-59-52-45; Speed (mph) at 60 RPM: 16-15-13-12-11-9-8; Derailleur: Stamped steel. Marked “Shimano,” but no other identifying marks; Shifter: SRAM grip twist; Chain guard: metal; Fenders: Metal; Rear carrying rack: Metal. “MAX 22 lbs. 9.98 Kgs”; Online owner’s manual specific to this model: “Schwinn, EST. 1895” 65 pgs. English/Spanish. “Frame must be returned for inspection at customer’s expense. Please note: the fork is not part of the frame. A lifetime warranty on your frame does not guarantee that the product will last forever. This especially includes installation, assembly, and disassembly costs.”; Ride feel: Very good; Defects: Headset and rear wheel bearings over tightened. Derailleur could not be adjusted to engage high gear. Comments: A replacement derailleur of higher quality did engage the high gear. SRAM 7-speed grip-shift twist shifter was stiff and worked poorly with the replacement derailleur. I replaced the SRAM shifter with a 1980s-style friction shifter. On-line complaints about chain and shifting problems might be related to the defective derailleurs and might explain why the bicycle has gone into deep discount. Buying an assembled bicycle from K-Mart, Toy Circus, Sears, or WM is a crap shoot. I am an old, amateur bicycle mechanic with basic bicycle tools and spare parts, and I spent six happy hours fixing my Riverside Schwinn. Can’t make the bicycle right by yourself? If your local bike shop agrees to fix your new Schwinn, then expect to pay $75 to $100 in addition to what you paid for the bicycle. Remember that there are no Federal or state-level bicycle mechanic certifications or licensure requirements so ask hard questions first, no matter who agrees to do the work. Alternately, compare the cost of similar new bicycles at your local bike shops or higher-end sporting goods stores, specifically those that have in-house bicycle mechanics who you can talk to. The extra $100 might be worth it in the long run. My Men’s Riverside Schwinn was manufactured in 2012 by Fuji-Ta Bicycle Co., LTD, established in 1992 on a 227-acres in Tianjin, People’s Republic of China. It was imported by Pacific Cycle, LLC., a division of Dorel Industries. Fuji-Ta says it manufactures 11 million bicycles a year: Fuji-ta Bicycle Co.,Ltd. The Schwinn Company filed for bankruptcy in 1993, and in September 2001 it was acquired by Pacific Cycle. In 2004 Pacific Cycle was acquired by one of the larger bicycle suppliers in the world, the Canadian conglomerate Dorel Industries which imports and distributes more bicycles to North America than any other company. Dorel affixed the Schwinn name to bicycles made entirely in China, and in 2010 it launched a major advertising campaign, relying on the Schwinn brand, by importing bicycles that evoke childhood memories of the iconic Schwinn Company. “Men’s Riverside Schwinn” is one of those models.
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A few paragraph breaks would have made this much easier to read.

The first portion of the paragraph looks like a cut & paste of the specs from a web site, so I almost lost interest. Then I got to a few interesting tid-bits.

It is interesting that the derailleur wouldn't shift to all gears, but I find myself wondering if it was a poor derailleur, or got bent during shipping or assembly. Either way, I would have returned it right then.

Good commentary in the review once I found it.
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Originally Posted by Little Darwin View Post
A few paragraph breaks would have made this much easier to read.
Agreed. Even with LD's recommendation, I still can't make myself read through it...
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Here ya go:

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Review of “Men’s Riverside Schwinn” Model S5368KMA.

Ride feel: Very good

Defects: Headset and rear wheel bearings over tightened. Derailleur could not be adjusted to engage high gear.

Comments: A replacement derailleur of higher quality did engage the high gear. SRAM 7-speed grip-shift twist shifter was stiff and worked poorly with the replacement derailleur. I replaced the SRAM shifter with a 1980s-style friction shifter.

On-line complaints about chain and shifting problems might be related to the defective derailleurs and might explain why the bicycle has gone into deep discount. Buying an assembled bicycle from K-Mart, Toy Circus, Sears, or WM is a crap shoot. I am an old, amateur bicycle mechanic with basic bicycle tools and spare parts, and I spent six happy hours fixing my Riverside Schwinn.

Can’t make the bicycle right by yourself? If your local bike shop agrees to fix your new Schwinn, then expect to pay $75 to $100 in addition to what you paid for the bicycle. Remember that there are no Federal or state-level bicycle mechanic certifications or licensure requirements so ask hard questions first, no matter who agrees to do the work. Alternately, compare the cost of similar new bicycles at your local bike shops or higher-end sporting goods stores, specifically those that have in-house bicycle mechanics who you can talk to. The extra $100 might be worth it in the long run.
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A better idea. The bike newbie who might be interested in buying this product should take the initial cost ($161.99 + tax at KMart or Sears) and the $75 to $100 it might take to get it to work right and spend it on a modestly priced used bike at a genuine bike store. Otherwise it is likely to end up at a garage sale in the near future with a $50 price tag on it if the owner is lucky.
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Dorel sells Schwinns both through the big box channel and independent bike dealer channel.

As you can expect, the latter Schwinns are top quality and will live up to the Schwinn brand name.
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