Post by Summer's Mama on Sept 15, 2009 10:23:00 GMT -5
Julie's Bike Release Date September 3, 2009 $80 (price increase to $100 January, 2012) Rating A Ordered on line from www.americangirlstore.com.
Product description by AG "Item# F9984 America celebrated its Bicentennial in Julie’s day, and her patriotic bike is perfect for a neighborhood parade. It features a striped banana seat, streamers on the handlebars, and starry decorations on the rolling wheels. Includes a '70s-style California license plate and a faux-woven basket trimmed with flowers."
This bike is a good solid metal piece with plastic accessories. The pedals have elastic straps to keep the dolls feet in place and a high back seat support so the doll doesn't fall down. It has plastic straps on the handle bars for the doll to slide her hands into. The kickstand is fixed (doesn't move up and down) but it does have wheels on it so the bike rolls freely. So, everything rolls.
The chain is stationary. The pedals can move but they are not connected to anything, though they appear to be. I think this makes it possible for the bike to move along with out the pedals moving and disturbing your dolls position on the bike. The basket is removable. The wheel inserts are also removable. The package also comes with a piece of paper stating why children didn't wear bike helmets in the 70's but that you should.
This bike is stunning in person, identical to bikes most of us had in the 70's and 80's. The details are whimsical. I would probably buy another one if it went on sale. Though the price is a little high, it's a solid metal piece and a joy to have! Right now, it is on display in my room, but I can see my kids playing with this a lot.
This item did not get an A+ because of the price tag. Otherwise, perfect!
Post by American Girl Rescue on Sept 23, 2009 10:48:20 GMT -5
Julie's Banana Seat Bike Item# F9984 $80 (price increase to $100 January 2012)
America celebrated its Bicentennial in Julie’s day, and her patriotic bike is perfect for a neighborhood parade. It features a striped banana seat, streamers on the handlebars, and starry decorations on the rolling wheels. Includes a '70s-style California license plate and a faux-woven basket trimmed with flowers.
The above review and photos are great. I just wanted to add that the 'chain' is made of rubbery plastic. The gear is metal though. As stated above, neither move nor turn in any way.
The tires are rubber and very realistic. The banana seat is plastic instead of padded vinyl as it would have been in real life. The streamers are not plastic, but pieces of satin ribbon like hair ribbons.
The front wheel measures 5" in diameter and the rear wheel is 6 1/2" in diameter. I only remember the different sized wheels on trick bikes, not standard Sting Ray bicycles. Also the front tire has tread and the rear tire is a 'racing slick' or treadless. Another indication that this is copied from a racing/trick bicycle.
Over-all still a great, fun bike. Just like mine in the '70s. Grade A.
ETA: Scan of the paper that accompanies Julie's bike explaining why she doesn't wear a helmet.
Post by SarahSunshine on Jun 9, 2011 12:37:42 GMT -5
Not much to say, the other members pretty much covered it all. I do want to mention that, IMO, I think Julie's bike is worth every penny. It's quality is amazing and I don't regret buying it at all. I am, however, yet to take it outside for a photoshoot. Hopefully I will find some time this summer...
Post by dragonflybg on Jun 24, 2015 13:12:40 GMT -5
Julie's Bike was on my list for a long time and then I kicked myself for not buying it before the price went up to $100 a few years ago. The cost went up again (not sure when) and is now $115. I ended up getting mine on eBay for quite a bit less.
The good: The bike frame is metal, very well made and sturdy. The tires feel like real tires! I really love the little basket, and the whole thing is just perfect for Julie.
The not so good: The elastic on the foot pedals seems to stretch out easily. Most of the bikes I looked at on eBay had this issue. I don't think it's really a big deal as I was able to balance Julie on the bike without using the elastic. Also, the loops on the handlebars don't really line up well to actually put her hands in them. Again, not a huge deal, but just wanted to point that out.
Overall, I love the bike and am so happy to have it in my collection now!