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Vintage Looking Bike With Chainguard for Relatively Flat Commute

Old 04-12-11, 12:03 AM
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Vintage Looking Bike With Chainguard for Relatively Flat Commute

Now that the weather has cleared up I'm looking for a new bike for my commute. The commute is mostly flat with a couple slight inclines. What I'm really looking for is something kind of vintage looking. The key is I'm looking for something with a chainguard, I would like to avoid having to tuck my pants into my sock for a 1.5 mile commute. What would the best options be?
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Old 04-12-11, 12:32 AM
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a Hebie chain glider the German made piece covers the whole Internal gear hub, external drive train.
Shimano Nexus or , R'off.. the back portion differs , 38/42, the front portion differs.

Build up an old frame that fits.
or one of Rivendale's, since you are in the same town..

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Old 04-12-11, 08:46 AM
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Here's a good option:

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/windsor/oxford.htm

Also, there used to be a "Sid" bike by Schwinn. I can't find it anywhere. Finally, Electra has a lot of bikes that are what you're looking for. However, many of them have balloon type tires. Look for modern-type bikes rather than craigslist specials. Those are old and usually have old tires and suspect brakes. Good luck.
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Old 04-12-11, 11:22 AM
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I've been looking at Bikes Direct's city bikes too. I like the Essex.
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Old 04-12-11, 09:10 PM
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Depends on your budget. In addition to Bikes Direct, also check out <ahref="http://publicbikes.com/Bikes">Public Bikes</a>, and The Electra Ticino Lux (their site is a pain to link to). The Electra is a pedal-forward model - easier on back and knees, but not so good on hills. The Schwin Willie is probably close to what you're looking for as well. Also check out the Giant Simple 3 for a retro-cruiser feel - it looks like a beach cruiser, but is set up as a commuter.
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