Samantha’s Bicycle

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!

A closeup of the chain guard so you can see the pretty detail.

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!

20 thoughts on “Samantha’s Bicycle

  1. Nice purchase, and there is still a bit of summer left for bike riding! I like the way the basket is attached to the handlebars.

  2. I have two Journey girls bikes and the My life as ice cream bike. Do you know the pros and cons of AG, OG and My Life As? I like the price price of the Journey girls bike.

    • I was less than impressed with the amount of plastic on the My Life As ice cream bike, I don’t think it would hold up to hard play. The AG bikes are almost all metal other than the seat and pedals, pretty much made like a real bicycle. The OG one is very similar, but I wasn’t wild (and still not) about the fact that instead of doing a stand like AG they chose to put training wheels on it. I also found it harder to pose the dolls on the OG bike than I have the AG ones. I’ve not seen the Journey Girls bikes up close–are they made of metal as far as the frame/handlebars?

  3. I think that we are still waiting for AG quality to come back!! I went to the store to see the new collection and bought Nanea’s swimsuit and her musical instruments. At the store they had 4 dolls in the swimsuit, 2 the print matched up and 2 were way off. I told the clerk that if she could find one that matched up I would buy it. I had her look because they are sealing the boxes. She opened every box on the floor (12) and only 2 of 12 matched even close. I did take one that kind of matched downhill because she had gone to so much trouble. On the way home I started to open the ukulele set and there was a chunk out of the side. We got off at the next exit and returned. They had to open 3 boxes to find one that was right. When we got home I opened the rest and one of the rock sets fell apart, it can be easily glued but for the price it should not have to be!! I will be very cautious about any other purchases.

    • Oh no, I don’t like the sound of this at all! I know Gabriella’s collection gets less than stellar reviews when it comes to the construction. And you are exactly right, for what they charge, you shouldn’t have to put the stuff back together when it’s brand new!!!!

  4. Nice bike! I have an OG bike, AG Julie’s bike, a Collector’s Lane bike (I like that one the least), a Journey Girls blue bike and a Bitty Baby trike. I do like the OG bike, (but yeah, the training wheels are pretty lame), and they’ve finally come out w/ another color! I like Molly’s bike too, but I think I have enough! LOL!

    • I need to look at the OG bike and see if there is a way I can get rid of the training wheels. That has always driven me bananas!

      Molly’s bike is probably still my favorite and I got such a great deal on it.

  5. Well, I thought my OG bikes were mostly metal, but I was wrong, they are plastic., but still a good deal for the money I paid for them. I do like the fact that AG are metal! They would last much better with children.

  6. Hi! Late to the party and trying desparately to catch up on reading and commenting. Great acquisition! Sorry the first was broken. Glad AG took care of it though.

    I think the wheels also date it. It’s sad they made the rims metallic looking, but they also remind me of the wood rims of that time. The rubber would have been similar to wagon or buggy wheel tires. Agree the pink is a bit much. Love the chain guard.

    • It looks more like the bikes they have made in the last 10 years or so as opposed to anything vintage. Oh well, I still love it. Just wouldn’t buy it for it’s authenticity to the period.

  7. This is such a beautiful item and even better that you got it at a discount! I think Julie’s bike is my favorite and sadly I don’t have it either. When done correctly, AG makes amazing miniature collection pieces.

  8. I love the new bike! We have the Newberry bike from Sears. It’s okay, but I’m not crazy about it being all plastic, and the colours aren’t my favourite. The day I bought it, the basket broke off too. I managed to secure it in a better way. Now it’s not going anywhere. I guess you get what you pay for. At least the tires are real rubber.
    I love the colours on Samantha’s bike though! 🙂

    ginnie /

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