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Old 06-24-09, 12:09 PM   #1
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KHS Green, Schwinn Willy, or others?

I'm considering buying an upright commuting bike. Basically, all I"m looking for is something that can get to decent speeds, I can comfortably sit upright on a comfy seat, has a rack, chainguard, and fenders for rain.

I'm considering the:

KHS Green - $300 + tax

Schwinn Willy - $~300 + tax

Schwinn Coffee - $~250 + tax

the coffee is only a single-speed. I've been looking for the 3 speed model, but I can't find. Thoughts? Suggestions?
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Old 06-24-09, 12:12 PM   #2
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I'm also considering getting something off of CL, like a Schwinn Collegiate, and adding a modern rack, but the prices don't seem to be that much lower, and you don't get modern cranks or brakes.
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Old 06-24-09, 01:16 PM   #3
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What part of the county are you in that Collegiate sell for that much?
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Ride them all. If they all seem pretty comfortable, ask yourself:

Do I need gears?
Yes-> Green or Willy
No-> Coffee

Do I need 7 gears?
Yes-> Willy
No-> Green

If you can make out just fine with 3 gears, I would pick the Green with its IGH. I like the look of the Schwinn though, so the Caffine 3-spd might be the way to go if you can find it.

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Green has coaster brakes. I saw it at a LBS last year for $150. I was about to buy it until I saw the coaster brake and decided against it.
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