Among 16-inch kids' bikes, the Schwinn Jasmine (for girls) and Scorch (for boys) earn the best reviews from experts. These steel-framed bikes have removable training wheels, a chain guard and both coaster and hand brakes. Parents like that the bikes include hand brakes, so kids can practice using them while still having the option of using the familiar coaster brakes. Parents say the training wheels are sturdy, and kids like the comfortable padded seat. However, we saw a number of complaints that the bike is damaged easily during shipping; in particular, owners complain about a bent fork. As a result, most owners recommend buying the Schwinn Jasmine or Scorch at a store that will assemble it for you. Some parents also complain that the bike is heavy. Once your child is ready for a 20-inch bike, the Jamis Starlite or Laser (*Est. $215) are worth a look.
Babble.com has the best review of the Schwinn Jasmine and Scorch. Editors test a variety of kids' bikes and tricycles, and the best models earn a Babble Best or Readers' Choice award. The Schwinn bikes also attract a number of user reviews at Amazon.com and Walmart.com.
The Schwinn Jasmine/Scorch earn a Babble Best award as the best bikes for big kids. High points include sturdy training wheels, high-quality components and hand brakes.
Review: Best Big Kids: Schwinn 16" Jasmine/Scorch, Michelle Horton, June 2011
The Schwinn Jasmine receives a 3.5-star rating (out of 5) from about 40 reviewers at Amazon.com. While most are happy with the stability and durability of the bike, there are a number of complaints about poor shipping and packaging.
Review: Schwinn Jasmine Girls' Bike (16-Inch Wheels), Contributors to Amazon.com
The Schwinn Scorch also receives a 3.5-star rating at Amazon.com. As with the Schwinn Jasmine, many parents say the bike was damaged during shipping.
Review: Schwinn Scorcher Boys' Bike (16-Inch Wheels), Contributors to Amazon.com
The Schwinn Jasmine has a high overall rating after nearly 30 reviews at Walmart.com. Parents say the bike is sturdy and durable, and their daughters love the fun colors. However, there are a few reports that the front wheel doesn't fit properly.
Review: Schwinn Jasmine 16" Girls' Bike, Contributors to Walmart.com