I was so excited when American Girl decided to mark down Samantha’s bicycle, this was an item that had been on my radar since it came out. I just couldn’t bring myself to pay full price for it. I got it when it was $69, it has since been marked down even more. I picked up several items when I ordered it, but this was the thing I wanted the most. And wouldn’t you know it, when mine arrived, it was broken! I’m not sure how it happened either, I suspected it occurred either when it was assembled, or due to the way it was packaged. The rod that goes down through the handlebars that holds everything together was sheared off completely. A phone call to AG took care of the problem, they shipped another right out and I was able to return the damaged one at no expense to me, but talk about a disappointment.
That problem aside, it’s really a well made piece (which makes me wonder even more).
Even though it’s a bike that was supposed to be made in the Edwardian era, it looks way more like a modern bike to me. I’ve seen plenty of bikes for sale in this color scheme. About the only thing that gives it even a hint of an older style is the chain guard.
The basket is very well done, even if it isn’t made out of traditional basket materials. The plastic looks realistic enough and will probably hold up better as it won’t get dry and brittle. It’s even attached like a real bike basket would be. I don’t have the bouquet of flowers in it (sunflowers) as I don’t think it will ever be in it!
And the reverse side so you can see the chain detail. The chain does not move like it does in Molly’s bike. Minor issue as far as I’m concerned, it looks realistic enough. One less thing to worry about breaking in all honesty.
Allie said she would love to try it out. She even joked that she would be the best model since it matched the pink tones in her hair!!
I didn’t pick the best shoes for putting her on the bike, I had a hard time getting the elastic on the pedals over it, but it still looks very realistic. I like the way this bike is set up a lot, more so than the Our Generation bike.
Overall I’m very pleased with it, once I got one that wasn’t defective. I will be curious to see what happens with pieces farther down the road since AG seems to be gung ho on making everything out of plastic. I’m wishing now I’d bought Julie’s bike when it was on clearance as well. I guess I’ll just have to keep my eyes peeled for another deal like I got when I bought Molly’s!