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Old 02-06-15, 02:10 AM
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Need advice on this bike

Ok, so I think I may have found the type of bike I'm looking to use for commuting:

SE Bikes Draft Single-Speed City Bike - 2015

How is the SE brand of bicycle? It looks like this bike has the rear bracket to mount a rack so I can put a basket on the back, is that right?
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Old 02-06-15, 06:11 AM
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Originally Posted by dragonwalker View Post
It looks like this bike has the rear bracket to mount a rack so I can put a basket on the back, is that right?
Yes
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Old 02-06-15, 06:31 AM
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SE is one of those brands that are between department store and LBS quality. There is absolutely nothing wrong with them. My shop stocked SE and they were fairly decent for the price.
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Yes, plenty decent enough bike... as long as you get the blue one. Green and red wheels/tires will never do! lol
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Buddy of mine has the SE Lager, and I have ridden it. Pretty surprised with how solid it is. They are fairly heavy however, so be aware of that.
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It's not my style. But Performance won't sell you anything too awful and will support what they sell.

The levels of this bike are called Draft, Lager, and Tripel and have a bottle opener under the saddle - ho ho. Although shouldn't the tripel have a champagne cork?
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Not to denigrate it, but I'm not impressed with the quality of SE bikes. If it fits your budget, then it's perfect. You might do better buying used, though.

If you ride fixed gear, be sure to have a front brake. Don't be convinced by the hipsters that you're strong enough (or ought to be strong enough) to stop well enough without it. And if you ride single-speed freewheel, you need two brakes.
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You might do better buying used, though.
Yep. I've been lusting after this nice old Centurion on the local CL but my wife is all like, "You have THREE BIKES and only one ass"
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
Yep. I've been lusting after this nice old Centurion on the local CL but my wife is all like, "You have THREE BIKES and only one ass"
Buy her four bikes, and she can't be like that.
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I ride a '13 Lager and really like it. It is hi-ten like the Draft so heavy but very sturdy. The only problem I had was a noisy freewheel which I think is common with many basic freewheels. I upgraded to an ACS Crossfire Pro and that fixed the noise.
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I've subconsciously adopted that strategy too!

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Buy her four bikes, and she can't be like that.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Not to denigrate it, but I'm not impressed with the quality of SE bikes. If it fits your budget, then it's perfect. You might do better buying used, though.

If you ride fixed gear, be sure to have a front brake. Don't be convinced by the hipsters that you're strong enough (or ought to be strong enough) to stop well enough without it. And if you ride single-speed freewheel, you need two brakes.
It has a coaster brake.

I say go for it!

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Old 02-08-15, 07:29 PM
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Make sure you put a front brake on it for some extra stopping power, a coaster brake by itself may not be enough if you're going fast or riding downhill and have to make a sudden quick stop.
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Buy her four bikes, and she can't be like that.
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I've subconsciously adopted that strategy too!
I got permission but it had sold. It was like a monkey off my back. And she got a new bike today.
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Make sure you put a front brake on it for some extra stopping power, a coaster brake by itself may not be enough if you're going fast or riding downhill and have to make a sudden quick stop.
Which brake do you suggest? Is there a disc option that would work? I do not ever recall a time on my cruiser going too fast to make a sudden stop with its coaster on rear, and this includes some serious hills in the area. As someone in the market for a tripel as soon as the money comes in.... i am interested in such info myself.

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Old 02-09-15, 08:14 AM
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that bike is similar to my Mango BSO.

the only thing needing upgrading were the tubes/tires.

still running fine after 3500km, can read about it here:

http://www.bikeforums.net/commuting/...term-test.html
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