The Schwinn Roadster Tricycle is designed for children ages 1 ½ to 3 years old. Its low-to-the ground, recumbent seating position makes it harder to tip over, but it also makes pedaling more difficult for some kids.
Low to the ground. Because of the Schwinn Roadster Tricycle's low center of gravity, it is less likely to tip over on sharp or fast turns than other models. This makes for a safer tricycle than some of its competitors, reviewers say. However, the tricycle's seating position may make it harder for some kids to pedal. One parent at Amazon.com writes, "The pedals are in front and the pushing forward is not as intuitive as a more upright tricycle that mirrors more closely the action of walking or climbing stairs."
The Roadster Tricycle is also a bit on the heavy side when compared to other trikes. An Amazon reviewer says, "It is bigger than I imagined and very heavy to carry or lift anywhere." This could be problematic for small children who lack the strength to propel the bike forward. On the other hand, some parents say the tricycle is not heavy enough. One thing most owners agree on: Assembly is fairly easy.
Leaky tires. There have been a number of reports of inner tubes leaking early on with the Schwinn Tricycle. One Amazon.com customer said, "The rear tire popped the third time my daughter rode it." On top of this, replacement parts can be difficult to acquire. One customer says, "The 10x2 inner tube is almost impossible to find, and the one or two places that might have them want more than $20 each!"
Some users also mention occasional rusting, even when stored properly. Despite the problematic inner tubes, most find the Schwinn Roadster Tricycle is a well-built tricycle. One Buzzillions.com user says, "This trike is so cute and sturdy. We couldn't ask for a better trike for the money!"
Dependable service. Schwinn, according to most reviewers' experiences, stands behind their products and offers a reliable customer service. One customer needed a new inner tube and tire for the Schwinn Roadster; the company sent replacement parts without any hassle. On the flip side, a few customers complain about Schwinn not carrying specific parts.
Amazon.com is home to 550 customer reviews for the Schwinn Roadster Tricycle. The customer reviews range from 1 to 5 stars and give a description of each person's experience with the bike. The Schwinn Roadster earns an overall rating of 4.5 stars.
Review: Schwinn Roadster 12" Tricycle, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of June 2013
Walmart.com provides customers a forum for their opinions of the products they buy and use. The Schwinn Roadster Tricycle earns a near-perfect rating from Walmart.com customers based on about 250 reviews.
Review: 12" Schwinn Roadster Trike, Red, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of June 2013
The Schwinn Roadster Tricycle receives an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Buzzillions.com, based on about 175 customer reviews. Customers are encouraged to leave a brief description of their experience with the bike, whether good or bad. They also list a few of the trike's pros and cons.
Review: Schwinn Roadster 12" Tricycle, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of June 2013
4. Schwinn Trike Review
Michael Snow uses his blog to give a quick review of the Schwinn Roadster Tricycle. The author praises its features and design, and he has few complaints. There are a few reader comments after the review, which also support Snow's opinion.
Review: Schwinn Trike -- Review and Best Price, Michael Snow, November 2012
The Schwinn Roadster Tricycle earns an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 from 40 customer reviews at ToysRUs.com. Customers also leave pros, cons, best uses and a brief description of their experience with the trike.
Review: Schwinn Roadster Tricycle, Contributors to ToysRUs.com`, As of June 2013
Based on 40 reviews, customers give the Schwinn Roadster Tricycle an overall rating of 5 out of 5 star. Customers can rate the trike based on quality, value and entertainment. They are also encouraged to write an account of their experience with the trike.
Review: Schwinn Kid's Roadster 12" Trike -- Red, Contributors to Target.com, As of June 2013