Saturday, February 6, 2010

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

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

Product Description
A tisket, a tasket, run errands with a basket. Take a break from your gas guzzler and cruise around town on a three–wheeled Schwinn. Horn not included, but way necessary to up your street cred.

  • 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

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This was bought for my elderly mother who still loves to ride bikes, but wasn't comfortable riding a two-wheel bike. Now, she can ride with her great-granddaughter with confidence she won't fall.

Decent Bike - Terrible Service
This review is a bit long, but I think it will be worth your time if you're considering this bike.

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.

Cool bike! but...
I received the bike and assembled it. The bike was my wife's Christmas present and she loves the bike. However, the front wheel was so bent when it was delivered, the bike was unridable. I had to go a local bike shop and purchase a new rim for the bike. It's a good looking bike and rides well now. After riding it I found it could use at least 3 speeds


My dad loves it!
We purchased this for my dad for Christmas. He loves it.....especially the basket....he says it's big enough for his cooler and beach chair in the summer!

My father is 87 and had broken his hip a couple of years ago. He felt trapped because he couldn't go many places on foot anymore, so he started riding a regular bicycle. We were all so worried he was going to fall and break another bone. I talked my mom into buying this 3 wheeler for him for Christmas. He balked at first, but now, oh my gosh, he loves it. He is getting stronger and stronger in his hip and legs. I couldn't have been too hard to put together, for dad was able to do it. My mom couldn't believe the low price of 3 wheel bike either. One couldn't ask for a greater deal! Thanks so much!

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