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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Schwinn Gateway. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

6 reasons to buy

  • Many owners found the Gateway ‘cute’ and loved it’s retro look.
  • The faux ‘leather’ seat and handles were appealing finishing touches.
  • A rack, kickstand and mudguards were included in the Gateway’s package.
  • A few owners had great experiences with a smoothly shifting drivetrain.
  • In one rider’s words, the Gateway was sturdy enough ‘to carry an overweight adult’.
  • Some owners considered the Gateway to be lightweight.

11 reasons not to buy

  • The Gateway was very heavy, making it a burden to carry up and down stairs.
  • Occasionally, the Gateway arrived with missing nuts and bolts.
  • A rear axle snapped on one commuter’s fourth ride.
  • The handlebar continually loosened for numerous owners, despite tightening.
  • For one buyer, the bottom bracket came loose on their second ride.
  • A few buyers received new models with scratched paintwork.
  • For some owners, the seat loosened continually and was hard to tighten.
  • The saddle was frequently deemed to be uncomfortable on longer rides.
  • For one rider, their chain snapped on their fourth day of riding.
  • Tales of flimsiness: a Gateway on a kickstand was blown over causing the rear wheel to warp. On another occasion, this bike fell over and the rear brake-lever snapped.
  • One owner’s new Gateway featured a flat spot on the front rim and a rear rim too small for a standard tire.

Bottom line

Owners who had this bike assembled by professionals felt more satisfied and confident than direct-buyers who assumed that it came ready-to-ride. Regardless of whether or not it was assembled by a mechanic, it would a bit of a stretch to call this a ‘quality’ bike. Flimsy parts frequently came loose, fell off or arrived mechanically flawed. It’s really cheap. So you could buy it at a low price and take it to your local bike mechanic, where they could replace all the working parts on the frame. This may give you a reliable ride. Financially, it would almost certainly be cheaper to buy a higher quality bike, outright. Rather than being your passport to a future of fitness, this bike is destined to be a Gateway to cycling disappointment.

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76/100 based on 77 ratings
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