Margaritaville Coast is Clear

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Weight
32.0 lbs
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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Margaritaville Coast is Clear. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

9 reasons to buy

  • Extras were the cherry-on-top of the ‘Coast is Clear’. The Parrot squeaky-toy ‘horn’, bottle-opener and cup-holder were all appreciated by Margaritaville fans.
  • The handlebar-mounted basket was useful for toting essentials.
  • Some consumers assessed the ‘Coast-is-Clear’ as a good quality machine.
  • Assembly was not difficult for a portion of owners. One described the bike as ‘70% assembled’.
  • Fans of this bike thought the graphics were great, even going so far as to call it ‘rideable art’. It was deemed cute by owners, who admired colorways and floral details.
  • The ride offered by this cruiser has been described as smooth and comfortable.
  • A few riders found the aluminum frame to be lightweight.
  • Beach-goers and ‘parrot-heads’ love this bike for its fun approach.
  • Cyclists praised the soft, pliable leather found on this bicycle’s handlebar grips.

11 reasons not to buy

  • A fair number of buyers rated the bike’s quality as generally poor.
  • The side-pull caliper brakes were deemed ‘OK’ at best. Pads squealed and owners often chose to replace them.
  • The bike sometimes arrived with untrue or warped rims.
  • The ‘Coast is Clear’ sometimes sported damage, fresh out of the box. This included a hole in the fork, a bent frame and scratches.
  • Assembly was said to take a decent amount of time and patience. The headset, bottom-bracket and hub bearings needed adjustment or greasing. The provided instructions were not for this model.
  • Some commuters were disappointed with the small size of the basket.
  • For more than one owner, the bottle-opener was installed upside-down on the seat-tube.
  • The parrot-bell was reported to be a squeaky-toy and broke after 3 weeks for one owner.
  • The ‘Coast is Clear’ was accused of being overpriced by some consumers.
  • Upset buyers received their bike with stickers already peeling off.
  • Rusting and discolored chrome was an unwanted surprise on new bikes.

Bottom line

As this bike comes with a parrot-shaped bell perched on the handlebars, it may not be a surprise to know that it is not intended as a serious performance vehicle. For laid-back beach-goers and easy-going commuters, the ‘Coast is Clear’ was often satisfactory. The enjoyability of the bike was somewhat hampered by quality concerns, but only for a segment of the customer-base. It did seem to avoid some of the catastrophic failures of other bikes in this price range, so buyers could do worse. In the end, it’s an inarguably fun and beachy bike.

Expert Reviews

0/100 based on 0 expert reviews

User Ratings

84/100 based on 40 ratings
  • 5 star
    63%
  • 4 star
    20%
  • 3 star
    13%
  • 2 star
    0%
  • 1 star
    5%

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Rankings

Compared to other bikes
#15 Best Beach Cruiser
Bottom 50%
#39 Best Seniors
Bottom 40%
#206 Best of All Bikes
Bottom 40%

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