If you have gone into a bike shop and asked about hybrid bikes you might have been told that if you want a good quality hybrid bike that will perform in both environments, on the trails and on the asphalt, you are going to need to spend some serious money.
You may even have been told that there are no budget bikes on the market that perform well enough on multiple surfaces to be truly worthy of the label "hybrid".
When you hear this, you have to take a step back and realize something: a bike shop's goal is to sell you the most expensive bike possible, which means they'll usually only carry bikes that they can make a healthy profit on.
The sales pitch they're giving you is exactly that, a sales pitch. You don't have to spend huge amounts of money to get a great bike, especially when you're looking online and the level of competition between different manufacturers is substantially higher.
There are quite a few different "budget" hybrid bikes that perform just as well, if not better, than most of the premium bikes currently being sold. You just need to know what to look for and where to look for them.
Steel frame, Mint color
Schwinn 7-speed shifters
43 x 25.5 x 70 inches
Limited lifetime warranty for as long as you own the bike, coordinating fenders and rack, Schwinn quality spring seat
To help you understand what we're talking about when we say that some of those "budget" bikes perform just as well as the more expensive, "premium" hybrid bikes, let's take a look at the Schwinn Wayfarer.
Whenever you see how well the Wayfarer is built, and the features being included with the bike, then realize it's a Schwinn, you're going to be surprised that it's being sold at this price tag, and have a hard time understanding how it can be so affordable.
The Wayfarer is currently being sold at less than one-third the price tag of most other bikes in the same league. Don't let the price tag fool you, though. Schwinn hasn't sacrificed quality or features to get the price tag down. Instead, they are relying on years of research and development to provide the perfect quality without tacking on features that most riders will never truly capitalize on.
When it comes to women's hybrid bikes, the Schwinn Wayfarer has easily secured a spot in our top 3 recommendations.
From your first ride, you'll notice the quality and be happy with the purchase you've made.
In fact, one of the biggest reasons that the Wayfarer made its way to the top of our list is because the Schwinn company is known for producing some of the best bikes, while still managing to offer a lifetime warranty. This could, very well, be the last bike that you'll ever have to buy.
Let’s take a look at the features.
So, what kind of performance you expect from this bike?
From our research, we've found that the bike easily outperforms its closest competitors in several different areas, which helped it secure a spot in our top 3 recommendations.
The first and, quite possibly, the biggest selling point is that the Schwinn Wayfarer is the price tag. For the quality that you're getting, and features built into the bike, we would expect a significantly higher price tag.
The Wayfarer is also built with Schwinn-level quality and construction, helping you zip up and down rocky trails, cross local campuses and city streets, and transfer between different terrains without losing confidence in the bike. It's fun and comfortable to ride.
From looking through a large number of customer reviews, we've found that most people who have purchased the Wayfarer are happy with it. Most of those reviews were rated a perfect 5 stars.
With more than 100 reviews, though, there were a few people that managed to find issues in the bike. People that were happy with their purchase noted how attractive and comfortable the bike is. They also pointed out how easy the bike is to ride over different terrains.
If you're thinking about buying the Schwinn Wayfarer, it's worth noting that you will want to contact the manufacturer directly if you happen to have any issues. With Schwinn's lifetime warranty, they would rather handle any issues that come up instead of you working directly with the company you purchased the bike from.
Some customers have reported taking their bikes to a local shop and having the shop cause more problems, then Schwinn refusing to honor the warranty or charging for parts to fix issues that the bike shop caused. If you have problems, let Schwinn take care of it, and you can avoid being charged extra fees.
The Schwinn Wayfarer is really a great hybrid bike, especially at this price tag, but there is some assembly required.
You'll receive the bike partially assembled with a detailed manual to help you finish putting it together yourself. Assembling the bike yourself is a great way to save even more money, on both the extra shipping costs and the $60 assembly fee.
If you can't figure it out on your own, get together with a friend or family member and go through the manual together. Most customers reported easy assembly, so you really shouldn't encounter any major issues.
Worst case scenario, your local bike shop can help you get the bike put together. Just make sure you're ready for them to tell you that you need a better bike, and that they're willing to sell you on. Politely decline and let them know that you're happy with the Schwinn Wayfarer.
For less than $200, you are going to have a really hard time finding a bike that compares to the Wayfarer, and we can definitely recommend this is one of the top three women’s hybrid bikes on the market. The price is just an added bonus.
With the limited lifetime warranty, seven speed gears and beautiful retro frame and design, you can’t go wrong with this bike.
This post was last updated on September 21st, 2018 at 08:45 pm
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