When I bought the Schwinn Loop, I thought it was a very affordable folding bike. The fact is that Schwinn released even a cheaper bike, let’s take a look at the Schwinn Hinge.
Specifications & Specs
- Color: Grey
- Folded dimensions: 28″ x 26″ x 13″
- Weight: 33 lbs
- Frame: Steel, low stand-over
- Fork: Steel Unicrown
- Speeds: 1
- Wheel size: 20 inches
- Crankset: 3 piece with chain guard
- Bottom bracket: Sealed Bottom Bracket System
- Brakes: Alloy Linear Pull
- Cog set: 16t
- Chain: KMC-Z410
- Tires: 20″ x 1.95″
- Rims: Alloy 36h
- Hubs: Bolt on small flange loose ball
- Spokes: 14G UCP Cross 3
- Pedals: folding, resin
- Seatpost: 400mm Steel
- Extra accessories: Kickstand, CPSC reflectors, rear rack, fenders, carrying bag
- Maximum rider weight: 220 lbs
- Shipping weight: 42 lbs
- Box dimensions: 30.3″ x 28″ x 14.2″ (77cm x 71cm x 36cm)
Unlike Dahon, Schwinn bikes have a much lower price tag because they want to make bikes for everybody. So, riders of all ages and budget can experience the joy of riding. The Schwinn Loop actually was among my first folding bikes and I still have good impressions about it.
The Schwinn Hinge is a cheaper version but it still has all extra accessories. You can find the rear carrier, front and rear fenders and a nylon bag to help you carry the bike around easier. However, I can’t find a good use of the bag because the Hinge is so heavy and bulky. You absolutely don’t want to carry more than 33 lbs on your shoulder.
Even after I fold is, it is still bigger than most other folding bikes. You also need to bring some straps to secure the two wheels and the stem. Besides, folding and unfolding the Hinge is not really easy and fast because the latches are old-styled and complicated to operate.
With such a heavy single-speed bike, the riding experience is so underwhelming. I was exhausted riding the Hinge in less than 30 minutes and it is almost impossible to climb some slopes. This is only suitable for riding on paved road for a short period of time.
- Low price
- Accessories are included
- Heavy and bulky
- Unattractive design
- Difficult to put it in the bag
- Cheap materials
This is a rideable folding bike but I honestly recommend you to spend a little more to buy the Schwinn Loop or Dahon Boardwalk.
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beware the markings on the seat post which limit how high you can safely go, which is lower than the handle bars by a lot. I’m 5’10” and was disappointed to discover having to lower seat post, which is now a little too low for best fit. But, I love the bike which fits in the back seat of my 2000 Camry WITHOUT needing to fold it. Just lower the seat and fold down the handlebars. I bought mine today at a garage sale.