The wheels are not true which means adjusting the brakes to apply even pressure to the bike rims is impossible. You might need to be satisfied with brakes slightly rubbing all the time so the brakes will have sufficient force to stop. [...]
The stem is too long for the age group. This means your daughter will have to stretch out farther to reach the handlebars and bear more weight with hands and wrists.[...]
The handlebar mount on the stem of the the bike I encountered has a crooked weld. This means the rider has to point the handlebars slightly to one side to move straight.
The rear axle was not straight which means the rear sprockets wobbled. This make smooth shifting impossible across the gear range.
The seat is huge for the age group as well.
The pedal arms are 152 mm which is too long for most girls in this age group. Opinions about pedal arm length vary. [...]
In my opinion, try to save enough money to find a better bike.
Look for any parts that look like they are attached or welded crookedly and ask a knowledgeable salesperson about them.
Some things to check when you look at bike:
Position yourself in front of the the front wheel, lift up the front of the frame and spin the wheel. Look at the space between the brake pad and the wheel rim. This space will change very little for a good wheel (and I would argue a safe wheel).
I bought this bike to do some backcountry plant surveys for school. Had so much fun that I ignored the plants and raced down the trails instead! My original Schwinn was a hybrid- not a good choice for sandy, bumpy Florida trails. The Schwinn Ranger bike has worked out great- it is very sturdy, handles the rough terrain, shifts well and is fairly comfortable. If you are really into riding trails I suggest buying a different seat or adding a gel seat cushion like I did. Much better!
76 yers old here--just bought this baby at Target in Medford LI. chose the woman's style because hard for me to get my leg ofer the men's higher bar. Love it..just added the Schwinn wired computer with the super large screen..pretty neat. Also added a handlebar mirror...Go for it!!
I bought this bike in store, and the next day I took it out for the first time. It rode great for 5 minutes, then it started feeling bumpy. So I got off to take a look, and the rear tire blew. [...]. Thank God I had gotten off before it blew, because I was riding pretty fast and could have been seriously injured. I did have to drag it home, about a half mile in 87 degree heat. I'm so mad that I was going to give it a low rating, but the bike itself seems to be of good quality. It rides smoothly, the gears shift well, and the seat is fairly comfortable for short rides. The quick-release front tire and seat are nice features. As long as you double check everything before riding it, you should be fine.