There must be two Schwinns. One that makes great bikes and another that doesn't. My wife fell in love with the looks of this one at Sport's Authority and it was "on-sale" so we took the plunge. Initially it seems like a sturdy, uncomplicated bike. Everyone thought it looked neat and my wife enjoyed using it to ride the kids to school.
Living with it brought to light some flaws. The parts seemed cheap and the fit and finish was not what I would expect from Schwinn. The chain guard was warped slightly and the rear carry rack did not seem sturdy enough to carry even a small bag of groceries. After only a few days of use a squeak started in the rear brakes. And it is a heavy bike.
My wife uses to the bike to accompany our children to and from school. Today her front tire suddenly went flat on the way home. There was no puncture or other visible cause, and after inspecting it I determined that the seal where the valve stem met the tube was leaking. After three weeks the front tire could not hold air for more than a few seconds and I suspect there may have been a rough edge within the rim that cause the rupture. We returned the bike immediately and instead bought a more expensive Trek cruiser from a reputable bike shop. It is lighter, has quality components and feels much more solid. I feel more confident that this bike won't let her down on her jaunts to and from the school.
I have a vintage style men's cruiser from around 1995 that is still in terrific shape with all the original parts, even the tires and tubes. It was built to last and I really like it. The Windwood 26" Women's comfort bicycle is not a Schwinn of that caliber and I can not recommend it.
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