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Old 11-26-13, 11:34 PM   #1
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Recommend a very cheap and reliable SS brand to look at

Basically the Kias or Hyundais of bike-dom, that are cheap and cost-effective without delving into the supermarket extreme low end.

Looking to get one for my wife who can use it for transport and grocery shopping. Any recommendation for brands or should I just look for specific types?

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Old 11-27-13, 12:42 AM   #2
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Old 11-27-13, 12:48 AM   #3
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http://bikesdirect.com/products/merc...tt_wt_xiii.htm

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/windsor/essex.htm
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I would check out bikesdirect.

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Basically the Kias or Hyundais of bike-dom, that are cheap and cost-effective without delving into the supermarket extreme low end.
If you exclude Kias & Hyundais in the first place, then there is no extreme low end...
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Thank you... those look pretty awesome.
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If you exclude Kias & Hyundais in the first place, then there is no extreme low end...
Well generally they are still considered reliable cars nowadays. Maybe a better example would be a bottom-end Toyota.
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Kilo TT Pro is the corolla sport of bikes.
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Hey guys, the Kilo TT is not a SS.
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Hey guys, the Kilo TT is not a SS.
It come with a flip flop hub and brakes. Just add a freewheel (unless I am missing something).
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Does your wife want a track bike to ride around in and haul groceries? I know my wife doesn't. I can already see the onslaught of incoming fecal matter from the ultra hipsters, but for her uses, something resembling the european bakfiets would be best. It looks maybe like something only your grandma would ride, but it's surprisingly quick and way comfortable. Hauling groceries and other items are a snap with the racks and other contraptions that are great for everyday riding. My wife's has a 7-speed IGH which works great as well. Singlespeed versions are fairly cheap at around $3-400 at just about any bike shop. Just another option to look at.



These bakfiets are super sturdy and more expensive (avg. is around $1k in the US. Not sure how much they go for in the Netherlands/EU).



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http://localmile.org/?page_id=75
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It come with a flip flop hub and brakes. Just add a freewheel (unless I am missing something).
The standard Kilo TT only comes with rear brake, and it only has clearance for tiny tires. The OP wants something practical for transport and grocery shopping.
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This one might be better.
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The standard Kilo TT only comes with rear brake, and it only has clearance for tiny tires. The OP wants something practical for transport and grocery shopping.
I use my Timbuk2 Especial Quatro to carry all my groceries on a fixed gear, so I'm not really seeing the need for anything more than a standard bike (i.e. Kilo TT).
However, I just re-read the OP's post and I now see its for his wife, which no offense to the women on here, changes things.
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Bring her to a bike store and see what she feels more comfortable on, especially if she will be riding with load. We all can tell you what works for us but we are not your wife so only she can tell. I wouldn't do an internet purchase on this one without trying bikes first.
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Check out the Civilian Rambler.
Townie SS, comes with fenders and racks stock.

Less than 400 delivered IIRC.

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My Kilo TT came with a front and rear brake.
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yeah hyundai's are far from low end...
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we dont even know if his wife has experience riding bikes with tight geo and gobs of toe overlap.
how is kilo tt even a proper answer. besides kilo tt and grocery getter/transport dont really go together well.
it seems this forum is just a giant kilo tt bikesdirect schill now.

+1 on going to a bike shop dude, let her feel out what she likes. if she gets a chance to ride a bike that has tigheter geometry and likes it, get her sized and then buy online.
but your best bet is bike shop, she can feel things out, sit on them and possibly ride them. Let her decide.

you wouldnt want someone buying you a bike you possibly would hate riding or be uncomfortable on would you? despite the good intentions behind it.

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Townie SS, comes with fenders and racks stock.

Less than 400 delivered IIRC.

thats pretty cool.
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thats pretty cool.
Yeah, and if you don't set up the cockpit like a dingus, the bars would be seat level.

Fits fat tires too.
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What about the Dawes SST?
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true, it looks like it could be a really comfortable upright singlespeed commuter and WITHOUT TOE OVERLAP!

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grocery getter/commuter.

think relaxed geometry, upright riding position.

something easy to ride.

****... op why dont you ask your wifey what she wants or have her post on here with your account with what she thinks a bike should ride like and what her expectations are. that would clear up so much.

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My Kilo TT came with a front and rear brake.
Well, they don't now, unless you buy the more expensive Kilo TT Pro.
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Well, they don't now, unless you buy the more expensive Kilo TT Pro.

That's nuts why would you put only a back brake any bike? Especially a fixed gear.
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