Schwinn Continental Commuter Road Bike Review (May 2020)
Schwinn Continental Commuter Road Bike
- ✔ Comfortable Saddle
- ✔ Strong Frame
- ✖ Quite Heavy
- ✖ Unique Brake System
Schwinn Continental Commuter Road Bike Review
Alloy Men’s Frame
The Schwinn Continental Commuter 7 Speed 700C Wheel Bicycle is built on a lightweight aluminum alloy frame and suspension fork. Unlike hybrid bikes with a steel frame, like the Retrospec Beaumont-7 Seven Speed Men’s Urban City Bike, an aluminum bike frame doesn’t rust, so you have one less thing to worry about.
The top tube of the frame is similar to a mountain bike frame. It’s sloped downwards towards the seat tube, which removes the obsession on having more clearance over the top tube.
700c Quick-Release Wheels
This has 700c wheels (approximately 27.5 inches in diameter). The front wheel comes with a quick-release lever to keep it in place.
The biggest advantage of having a quick-release wheel is you don’t need to bring any tools to remove it and fix a flat. You can also prevent it from being stolen and allows you to put the bike into your car.
Shimano 7-Speed Shifter and Rear Derailleur
Bicycles with more gears, like the 21-speed Schwinn Men’s Siro Hybrid Bicycle, obviously have a wider range of gear combinations to offer for various terrains. But, a 7-speed bike isn’t a bad choice, especially if you’re only going to ride on paved streets.
This Schwinn hybrid bike is equipped Shimano’s twist shifter on the right handlebar and rear derailleur. These components allow you to switch from one gear to another with precision and control as you ride over bumps, climb up hills, and other difficulties.
SURESTOP Brake System
Schwinn created the Continental Commuter 7 Speed 700C Wheel Bicycle with your safety in mind. That’s why they’ve came up with the SURESTOP brake system—to stop accidents in their tracks and for effortless braking.
Here’s what the SURESTOP braking system is all about:
- Instead of two brake levers controlling the front and back brakes, Schwinn bikes that have this brake system use only one lever to avoid confusion on the part of the rider.
- Once you squeeze the lever, the system equally distributes the stopping power to each wheel. This in turn stops the bike faster (but not abruptly), without sending you flying over the handlebars.
The Schwinn Continental Commuter 7 Speed 700C Wheel Bicycle weighs approximately 44 lbs and has the following dimensions: 70 inches (length) x 25.5 inches (width) x 43 inches (height). It fits riders who around 5’6” to 6” tall (or even up to 6’3” tall).
It already comes with fenders (full rear fender and partial front fender), rear rack, and rear warning reflective.
Entry-level hybrid bikes with a comfortable saddle is hard to come by. Some bikes have okay saddles, while others have too uncomfortable saddles.
This is probably one of the best reasons to get this Schwinn Continental bike. The seat is really comfortable, which is something you’ll need for long rides.
Good, Tough Men’s Bike
It’s not as strong as bikes made of steel or carbon fiber, but it’s good enough for an aluminum bike at this price range. It’s strong enough to support probably around 250 lbs to 330 lbs of rider and cargo weight.
We won’t take this off-road or racing, though. As far as its bike frame material goes, an aluminum bike like this one isn’t the easiest to repair. If you really want a more durable bike, make sure it’s made of titanium, carbon fiber, or steel.
Sloping Top Tube
The downward angle of the top tube makes it easier to mount and dismount. You also don’t have to get so preoccupied about getting the right inseam measurement.
This is a large bike that’s geared more towards male riders. If you’re a female rider, the 7-speed Schwinn Wayfarer 700c Women’s Hybrid Bike with a step-through frame could be a better fit for you.
With the Schwinn Continental Commuter 7 Speed 700C Wheel Bicycle, you can deal with hilly and flat city streets with the same efficiency. Get yours today!
Instructions Not Specific to This Bike
The instructions that come with this bike is practically useless because they’re not specific to this model and use a lot of foreign language. So, expect to spend a lot of time figuring out which instructions refer to this model.
On top of that, it doesn’t include tools that are needed to assemble this. Some of the tools you’ll need are a hex key set (small) and open-end wrench (for the pedals). You’ll also need a bicycle-specific mechanic’s lubricant and grease for the metal parts.
If you don’t have the patience or know-how on bike repairs, it’s best to let the professionals assemble this to save time.
Slow, Heavy Hybrid Bike
This thing weighs more than 40 lbs. Not light at all. So, it’s difficult to carry, won’t turn corners that fast, and could burn through the brake pads and tires faster.
But, you don’t need to completely shy away from heavy bicycles. Light and heavy bicycles are made for various types of riders.
Non-Traditional Braking System
The brakes aren’t adjusted right out of the box. Since they’re not the types of brakes that you commonly find in most bikes, you could spend way too much time figuring out how to adjust them.
Who Is It For?
As what we mentioned, the size and geometry of this bike is specific to male riders. It’s built for the paved roads of city or town, not for gravel roads or soft grounds. It’s for people who want to get fit, relax by taking leisure rides, and just enough gears to combat hills and flat, paved grounds equally well.
The Schwinn Continental Commuter 7 Speed 700C Wheel Bicycle usually rides well, shifts smoothly, and has a very comfy saddle. It has a few drawbacks, but nothing too serious that you want to return it (which could be a hassle). We wouldn’t recommend using this for off-road riding, racing, or long-distance commutes, though.
Safe stopping and reliable shifting—these are just two of the great things about the Schwinn Continental Commuter 7 Speed 700C Wheel Bicycle.