Does the “Cute” Schwinn Women’s Wayfare Hybrid Bike offer enough for female riders?
The sales pitch for the Schwinn Women’s Wayfare Hybrid Bike may be pushing the “girls” bike angle a little hard with all the talk about how “cute” it is in many stereotypical girly scenario, but there are still plenty of features on this bike that make it appealing to female riders.
The bike is designed with a leisurely approach in mind and a nice “retro urban” style but the 7 speeds from the Shimano rear derailleur and the use of front and rear brakes mean that it should be able to handle itself when required. What do female riders really make of this women’s bike and could it do more to appeal to their needs?
How advantageous is this Schwinn Hybrid Bike for women?
Buyers are pretty complimentary about the performance of this bike and the stability that it can offer. There is appreciation for the smooth ride on flat roads but also the ability to change gears and handle hills.
The design of the bike should be a secondary benefit over the performance but there are plenty of positive comments about the look of the bike and the shape of the frame. The green colour is paler than some had expected but there is a nice, soft feel that compliments the style.
The size of the frame is also a bonus because it is not too tall. Women that are closer to 5ft have been able to use this bike with few problems and the same can be said for those at around 5ft 8”. In addition to this, the frame seems to be pretty lightweight so the bike can be handled more easily.
What disadvantages have buyers mentioned in their reviews for this Schwinn Women’s Wayfare 7-speed Hybrid Bike?
For a bike that is designed for leisurely rides across town, the seat is a little too uncomfortable for some users. The cushioning is minimal and it is pretty stiff. The positioning of the gear shifter is also a problem for some buyers who say that it is not in a natural place and they accidentally shift up.
There are also some mixed responses to the assembly of the bike. While some say is was straightforward enough and was together within the hour, others complain about the lack of instructions and the difficulty. Perhaps it all comes down to experience.
Summary: how does this feedback affect the final verdict on this Schwinn Women’s “Retro Urban” Bike?
There are clearly ways in which Schwinn could continue to adapt this bike to make it more suitable to real female users but there are still plenty of positive points to this bike. There are suggestions that new riders take their time with the assembly and have a practice session to get used to the gears but, once it is all assembled and buyers are used to it, they can enjoy the bike’s capabilities.
This Schwinn hybrid bike is a cute bike with a great frame but its appeal to women goes further than that. With better instructions, an adjusted gear shifter and a better seat it could be a 5-star product.