I recently decided to buy a SS to be used as a commuter bike in Boston. I went to my LBS and bought a SE Draft. Before I bought the the SE Draft I thought I had done a lot of research and well it turned out I had not because I then found BD. After searching on here and reading many threads on the BD bikes I'm not sure what to do. My question is for a budget/entry level bike would you return the SE Draft and purchase a Dawes SST or the Windsor Clockwork. Im leaning towards the dawes. Since I bought the SE Draft at a LBS there is service that is included in w/ my purchase there (I believe for one yr) and the draft is warrantied through them. This is the main factor in keeping the draft. sorry to be asking such a noob question.
I would return the draft, you would be happier with the dawes or windsor.
The draft is there cheapest ss model with a one piece crank.
The dawes has nicer components and will probably be easier to tinker with when it comes time to change out parts.
I am going to be using the bike to commute into boston for school in teh fall. Im just looking for a simple SS to get to and from school ~4miles each way (mainly city riding). Isnt the kilo a FG? I don't think Im ready for an FG in the city, maybe in the future, but not now. I could spend up the $350 but the $319 is a little more attractive. Is there a big difference between the the Dawes and the Kilo? TIA
The difference between the kilo and dawes is the geo, the kilo has steeper angles and a tighter wheelbase and can be set up for ss if you wish. It sounds like the dawes or windsor will suit your purposes perfectly. You could always try riding fixed later on too by throwing a cog on there.
I got the Dawes SST-AL and couldn't be happier. Crankset is FSA, comes with front and rear brakes and a ss freewheel. I never installed the rear brake or the freewheel, but they are included. I'm pretty sure that neither of those things are included with the Kilo TT.
The Dawes is a fine commuter. I commute 8 miles each way to work every day on mine. I threw on some commuter-friendly parts that I had sitting around, but all the major parts are stock. The brake levers that come on the bullhorns felt cheap to me, but worked fine. I'm happy with it.
Actually the new SE Draft has a 3 pc crank and Euro BB now. The old models had the 1 pc.
This. The Draft is unfortunately hi ten steel, which may or may not be damning (I'm pretty new to bikes). I'm in roughly the same boat op, although looking more to try fixed--have you looked at a Torker U District? I'm not sure how well it compares to BD, but I've only heard good things about it.