Schwinn Hydra Women's 700C Hybrid Bike
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Hi. My name is Mark and I want to let you know, that this bike rocks. I had another brand before, and well... I cannot complain for its durability but was very heavy. This one is great! Light, well built and does the job. I ride to my work everyday (16Km) and back - that makes it 32 dayily, plus shopping, friends or wherever I need to go. That like over 1000 KM per month. Yes it is one thousand! The bike requires nearly no maintenance (brakes and tubes eventually but this is $20 repair at the shop).
Furthermore, is designed to have all the accesories to be installed easy, so your lights (front and back), cargo rack, air pump, water bottle rack, bike lock they all have a room to be installed and use without taking all apart.
I really recommend this bike. You won't be dissapointed.
October 18, 2012
1 year and still working fine- August 2012
I wrote a review August 2011 and this is an update. So far so good after one year in use. My bike is the male version (not the one shown with step-thru). Did a minor tune-up of the rear derailleur and needed to adjust some spokes to keep rear wheel true. Cleaned the chain with a Canadian Tire degreaser and used Schwinn bicycle lube for the chain. That's all the maintenance needed so far. Bike has about 1500 km. Tires almost ready for a change. Original inner tube still. At my age, road bikes are too uncomfortable with the neck strain from the aero position, and mountain bikes also seem too aggressive for comfort. Only bikes I find easy on the back, butt and neck are these kind of bikes or the old fashioned cruizer style bikes because the seat is wider and padded and these kinds of bikes create an upright seating position. But if you want speed and hill climbing ability, you need a bike similar to this Schwinn comfort bike because of the wide gear range. First gear is so light that I can climb almost any incline so far. I've also added a rear back rack and pannier bags for my weekend treks to the lake. This bike has enough stays built in to accommodate front and rear fenders and a rear rack. The handle bar has a lot of adjustment settings because it is articulated and there is enough room on the handlebar to accommodate my bell, a light, a speedometer/odometer, and a handlebar bag. Very reliable bike so far, but keep in mind that I do take good care of it and it is stored in a garage and out of the rain and snow. Happy riding everyone.
August 7, 2012
Very confortable bike
Pros: Very comfortable and smooth. Adult styling.
Cons: Front suspension travel distance a little too short. Should have fenders included in price.
This bike was purchased for $249.99 on sale. The seat is wider and soft. The seating position is upright and the handle bar is confortable with good placement of gear levers. The tires are quiet and "sticky" providing good traction on paved roads. The bike has narrower tires than mountain bikes and is much lighter too, allowing for a faster ride.
I've upgraded the bike with front and rear fenders to stay cleaner when riding on wet or dirty pavement.
These were purchased from a bike specialty store for $39.99. Cdn Tires does not sell a quality fender set that is large enough for this bike.
My bike was very well assembled and no additional "tune up" was necessary out of the store.
I found the front suspension a little weak for my liking because the travel distance of the front suspension is only a few inches. Riding over a pothole or over those driveway concrete curbs will push the front suspension the entire distance of a few inches. A few more inches of travel would have put the performance rating to an excellent.
The Hydra Schwinn I purchased does not look exactly like the picture on the Cdn Tire website. The one I have is one colour in gold and the frame is more masculine with enough room for a water bottle holder on the seat tube and another water bottle holder (or another accessory) on the lower ascending tube. It is unisex with this arrangement.
Older adults will like the styling imo, but teenagers will probably prefer BMX of full suspension bikes.
No problems so far using this bike daily.
August 14, 2011
Decent Bike: ONE warning
Two weeks after purchase while on a bike trail, the lowest gear at the back (the shimano chain ring snapped). When I took it back to CT, the guy told me that this is a common occurence since I must have "stepped too hard on the pedal while starting from a stationary position." By no means am I a rough rider.
Luckily he had the whole crank/chain ring set and was able to replace it for me.
I was a bit dissappointed and expected a bit more from a Shimano part on this bike.
Other than that, the workings are pretty good. Would I buy this again? I'd think hard.
June 29, 2011
I bought this bike tow years ago. I use it to commute 30km each day between office and home except in the winter. I have several big hills to clime on the way home. It never let me down before 4500km. It is a very good bike for the money. By the end of Oct-20210, I have put over 4500km on it. I changed a chain a week ago. The freewheel needs to be fixed now. I guess that it is its time. I need to decide either spending a bit of money to change quite a few parts or buying a new bike. I do not know whether the parts can be easily found. Fortunately I have an entire winter to decide on this.
Any body know where I can find the parts with reasonable prices? I live in Calgary.
October 31, 2010
I really like the bike!!!
I bought this bike a few days ago.
It was really neat riding the bike home
from the store! I have a Raleigh 12-speed
bike. The new hydra bike has a different feel
than the Raleigh. I like the feel!!.
I can ride the bike over a local park/field without
getting bounced to death!. I have 50 psi of
pressure in the tires.
The hydra is relatively light. I feel that it is made
quite well also. It looks very sturdy to me.
I like the gear shifter levers as well. They are
neat!. The front tire can be removed also.
July 10, 2010
I bought this bike after returning the other CCM hybrid bike. That thing was horrible. Anyway, I love this one. It weighs only 29lbs!! That is perfect for a CT bike. I can happily lift this anywhere. I love the look and the feel. The only bad items I have found are that the handlebars make creaking noises and the seat post shock moves a tiny bit. Not as much as the CCM though. This one is manageable, I guess all seat post shocks have this design problem.
June 13, 2009
It has real parts!
This is the best department store bike ever! It uses real parts! It has a Shimano Atlus drive train and a Suntour suspension. These aren't the best parts in the world (The drivetrain is good enough however for Shimano to mention that they make them on their website unlike some of the parts they make for department store bikes.) Moreover this is a hybrid bike made mostly for commuting and paved trails so parts need not be too expensive for reasonable durability with proper maintenance anyway.
Because it is a hybrid, the bike is very light, has a comfy ride, and is reasonably quick. Make sure it is assembled properly and maintain it, this bike will be competitive with similar, slightly more expensive entry level bicycle-shop bikes.
November 12, 2008
Good for dept. store bike.
Not a bad bike for the price. Independent bike shops need to worry about the increasing quality of bikes available at CT. CT now needs a reputable service shop and builders.
August 29, 2008
My bike was stolen and I immediately checked to see if Canadian Tire had any promotions. Initially I went to look at the Kranked bike but it did not take long to change my mind once I looked at the Hydra. I am a solid 225 lbs., and not particularly gentle with anything, and I was amazed how solid the bike felt when driving it. In addition, it is a pleasure to drive and probably the most comforatable bike I have ever owned. Without a doubt it is the best value in a bike of all that I have owned.
June 10, 2008
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