Schwinn Alloy 7 Cruiser Bike

5/5 (1 Reviews)
MSRP : $320.00


Product Description

  • Classic ’55 designed Schwinn Cantilever frame
  • 7-speed Shimano Revo twist shifting
  • Mega Range gearing
  • Front and rear linear pull brakes
  • Classic two-tone Schwinn 2-spring saddle
  • Schwinn whitewall Typhoon cruiser tire
  • Light and corrosion resistant alloy wheels


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by danielhaden a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: June 7, 2006

Strengths:    Fastest thing on large 26" tires.

Yes, it exceeds the speed of a mountain bike and a hybrid bike, while providing more comfort than either.

Beautiful.

Long rides made easy due to high comfort level.

Light weight!

Out of the shop and in "factory condition", sustainable speeds are 17 mph to 19 mph average over a long distance; and, with an inexpensive replacement freewheel and 24" cruiser handlebars (total under $40), plus a "normal" amount of air in the tires, sustainable distance speeds are in the low 20's, which is into the early part of the road bike speed range.


Weaknesses:    One major weakness that can be fixed for less than $10 is the off-brand shift cable. Replace with Shimano performance-oriented shift cable.

The bottom bracket may or may not have the chainring spacer centered. This correction (to make the chainwheel run perfectly straight) is free during the warranty period. Have it greased at the same time.

Pretty 29 inch handlebars can be a meanace to other riders and is tiresome in a headwind. The fix is cheap, fast and easy--$12 24" cruiser bars.

Ordinary quality brake pads should be replaced with Kool-Stop MTB pads for a quality experience and long lived rims.

This bike gets its remarkable high speed from tires that are only available to select Schwinn dealers. Schwinn Typhoon Cord tires have limited availability; however, they last many times the norm.


Bottom Line:   
I use mine for a touring bike because of its ability to provide both comfort and extraordinary fast speed that is sustainable for 10+ hours at a time.

The factory handlebars of 29+ inchs have been replaced with $12 Dimension 24" Cruiser (alloy, 1 inch cut off to make 23"). This provides safer group rides and much more speed due to improved areo.

The factory drivetrain was quite adept for city use, but I upgraded it for long distance touring with a Tourney TX70 (Deore mega range) rear derailleur $18, a smaller chainring $5 (for mountains) and a Shimano 11-34 freewheel $25 (allowed use of smaller chainring with no loss of high speed). A high-quality shift cable is the only "required" upgrade--about $5.

The factory tires are incredibly fast, but the sidewalls are printed with: "22 to 35 pounds" for marketing purposes, to give that saggy baloon look. However, since Schwinn included high quality alloy "hook" rims, my tires have run safely at 60 pounds for over a year. I run 60 back and 40 front for best speed on pavement.

While the seat post and clamp do well for city use, the old style clamp could possibly slip on a long tour and tilt up the seat. In fact, it does. Kalloy 28.6 seatposts are available in two styles for about $18, and that is what mine is.

Generally, there's one flat per 3000 miles, so I pack a 6" adjustable wrench, some lightweight allen wrenches, a patch kit and a lightweight highly flexible pro style inner tube in the under-the seat pack. There's also a tiny tube of Singer Sewing Machine oil for the chain. It can be renewed by cleaning with Simple Green or dishwashing liquid before each 6-month application.

I also installed Kool-Stop brake pads (MTB version) because, like any bike under $2000, the factory basic brake pads eat rims. Kool-Stop MTB pads ($20 for all 4) don't eat rims and rarely (never yet) require adjustment.

Accessories:
Water bottle holders fit onto the handlebars. Frame pump (MTB size) fits via two zip ties through the frame pump's included bracket, and goes onto the seat tube with the pump "head" touching the rear of the bottom bracket. Also on the seat tube (above the pump) fits a Kryptonite Kryptolock U-Lock, facing rearward. A strong silver color alloy rear rack fits easily given a pair of the extra-short Schwinn fender-size bolts.

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Favorite Ride:   Cross Country

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   SouthWest Schwinn, H

Similar Products Used:   Schwinn Super-Comfort Road, the Road-Cruiser fusion.

Diamondback Edgewood '05, Raleigh's Mountain-Cruiser fusion.


Bike Setup:   This is a "real" bicycle--a vehicle designed to go places. Setup depends on how far and how often.



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