Today (7/29/2010) I took delivery of my new Huffy Cranbrook from FedEx. This is the dark blue men's model which I purchased from Walmart's website. I live in Florida, and the bike was shipped from the Mid West, taking about 5 working days to get to my house. Not bad! The bike was double boxed to protect it well for shipment, and it worked! The bike came out of it's packaging in PERFECT condition! Not a scratch! I don't know if I was lucky, because other bikes I've purchased in the past always had a few scratches, and imperfections here, and there. This is not the first time I put together a bike but I took my time, and probably spent about an hour and a half on it. Other experienced people can do it in less if they want I'm sure. All I had to do was attach the rear fender's struts to the eyelets on the rear drop out. Install the pedals, the seatpost, the handlebar, the front fender, and front wheel. After making some adjustments, I took her out for a short spin. The seat was still loose, so I took it back inside and tightened that. Took another spin around the block and enjoyed how smooth this thing rides. It is also gorgeous! The funny thing is, honestly, this is not a lightweight bike, but it pedals quite lightly for what it is. After you get it beyond 5-6 mph, it just rolls easily, and all you do is to keep the bike's momentum going is to pedal with just enough effort to compliment the cruiser's inertia. It's a single speed bike, and I feel that it's geared just a bit higher than I would expect, but one could always change out either the front or rear sprocket to bring down the final drive ratio a bit. So far, I'm not planning to change the ratio just yet as I live in an area that is quite flat. The rims on this bike are steel, and they are painted the same color as the frame...dark blue. It gives it a very "custom" look. I noticed that the spokes are of a thick gauge. These wheels remind me of the ones usually found on "industrial grade" bicycles. For some of the "larger" individuals out there, this might be good news, as I get the impression that the Cranbrook is a "heavy duty" bike. Now that's my opinion only just from casual observation, and cannot really determine if this cruiser is rated that way. I find the seat very comfortable as it is shaped with indentations instead of "bumps" like some so called "comfort" bike seats. The rich dark tan color makes one believe that it is covered in leather. Not only that, the covering is actually stitched together using 4 parts. The Huffy name is stitched on the rear side of the seat. It is a great saddle! I guess anyone reading this can tell I already love this bike, and they would be correct! While there are other well known brands that make cruiser bikes of higher grade, for the money, the Huffy Cranbrook is an amazing value as bought through the offer on Walmart's website. It's very likely that if you are reading this review close to the date it was published, Walmart might still have that special offer which by the way applies to some of the other cruisers for sale on the website. Though I highly recommend this purchase, your experience might be different from mine. But I'm pretty sure the odds are in your favor that it'll be a good one. Thanks for reading.
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