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Old 07-18-13, 01:46 PM
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Entry-level roadster style bikes

So, I'm kind of in love with the idea of the Roadster bike. From the Sahrab and the Flying Pigeon all the way up to the Opafiets. I've done a bit of looking around and it looks like there's quite a few options. So far, Pashley seems to be the best in the reasonable price category at $1,500 and their Sovereign is pretty awesome.

But those are "someday" bikes, probably a reward for myself after my internship's up and my career has begun.

In the mean time, I thought I'd draw on the forum's collective know-age and see what else is out there, especially in the "poor man's" or "entry level" region of 500-800USD

I found a 300USD one at Amazon, but I suspect it's crud. I'd get a Flying Pigeon (icon, man!) but it's more to ship the thing here than the bike costs at 100 unassembled for the bike and 140 for shipping.

My base criteria:

Roadster style frame (suitable for someone who's only 5'3" - the real sticky wicket)
Hub gear (or something that can be converted into a hub gear)
Not hub brakes (or hub breaks if I have to convert to a hub gear)
Full chaincase (or upgradable to have one)
Flat top tube
Not drop bars

The rest are variables. If the frame's good, I can always upgrade bits like racks, dynamo hubs, etc.

Thanks!

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Old 07-18-13, 02:12 PM
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Diamond, Opa , or step thru, Oma?
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Old 07-18-13, 02:33 PM
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Oops, sorry - I left out frame style. I'm looking for that flat top tube type. I'll edit it above.

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Public bikes meet most of your criteria:
http://publicbikes.com/Bikes

BTW,ever pull a full chaincase off a bike to fix a flat? I've had several Copenhagen-style bikes come through my clinic;I'd personally never own a bike that takes 15-20min and multiple tools just to pull a wheel. YMMV. Chaincases also get in the way of simple things like finding the indicators on your hub for adjusting the shifter cable.
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No, never messed with chaincases - they seem very useful, though. You make a good point about changing the flat. I wonder if anyone's tried alternative frame designs to accommodate that...

Probably if I got one with a chaincase, I'd look into tubeless, and good tyres. I've heard good things.

I'll check out Public, thanks for the link!

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Hebie , de... makes an Accessory chain cover .. narrow options 42 or 38t chainring , and Shimano or Rohloff hub

so 2 in column a , 2 in column b ; buy 1 of a & 1 of b..
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I'll admit that your post is a little tough to follow. I take it you're referring to this: http://www.hebie.de/Chainglider-350-...er.0.html?&L=1

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there's the covered chain , get a rear wheel you like, and, works with it

and a used frame/ fork from a recycled bike shop.

and so forth .. a way to get what you want is DIY..
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Now there's an idea - find a frame, bare, and work it up from there...

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I've owned bikes with a full chaincase before. Yes they care a pain to work with but most flats can be fixed with the wheel still on the bike. There are advantages to them moreover if you live in a wet climate and/or like to ride with normal pants that you don't want great one.
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I think they look awesome, personally. How on earth do you get the tube on the wheel without removing it?

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You don't. He's talking about patching the tube with the wheel still on the bike. How well this works depends on the specific bike. I've had some tire/rim combos that were easy to handle with just one lever,and some that were such a pain to work with I would never attempt with the wheel still mounted.
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Walmart was selling one but I think it was a single speed. Keep you eye peeled for a Raleigh Tourist DL-1. You can find them for under $200, they typically don't come with a full chain case, but one can be added. They have the advantage that the repair parts aren't too hard to come by and they are built very solid. But you had better be tall they only came in two frame sizes; 22" and 24"

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