Monday, April 13, 2009

KHS Green: The Loveliest Budget Bike

[Edited to Add: There is now an updated review of this bicycle here]

One stumbling block in the purchase of a classic step-through city bicycle, is the shocking price tag. Be prepared to spend upward (in some cases very much upward) of $800 USD for a quality Dutch-style bicycle with 3 or more speeds.

Refreshingly, there is one alternative. During my trips to local shops, online research, and chats with surprisingly bike-knowledgeable acquaintances, I came across the "Green" bicycle made by KHS.


Made especially for stylish and safe commuting, the KHS Green features the relaxed-style frame and handlebar construction and comes fitted with fenders, a rack, and a partial chain-guard. It is a 3-speed, with a Shimano hub. It has both coaster brakes and a hand-brake. And it is priced at $350 USD! As one reviewer put it (I paraphrase, unable to find the original text): This is the least expensive bike worth buying.

The bicycle on the photo above is the KHS Green, ladies' frame, that I rented from Cambridge Bicycle (more on this later).

3 comments:

  1. I'd have to change the handlebars, but otherwise I really like this bike!

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  2. What bothers you about the handlebars?

    The one downside I can see, is that the frames tend to run small. I am 5'7" and I need the largest female frame. My husband is 6'1" and he feels that the largest male frame is borderline too small for him.

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  3. Donald Robinet, Chatham, OntarioDecember 9, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    I bought a KHS Green earlier this year. It's a great bicycle. Not very fast, but comfortable. I added some panniers on the back, so that I can pick up a few groceries. The bicycle is a throwback to the good old days when bicycles were easier to maintain, and were built to last (why do you think there are so many old 3 speeds out there from the late '60s and early '70s, but very few old 10 speeds?). I like having an internal gear system; it keeps the gears out of the weather. Also, having fenders and a chainguard keeps your clothes cleaner, too. I also like the coaster brake, and usually just use it instead of the hand brake, although sometimes I use both brakes together. I had to wait a couple of months for delivery, since it is a popular model with good value for the money. Paid a little less than $400 Canadian at Smith Cycle in Chatham, where the staff is knowledgeable and you get good service. The price included lock and taxes. Works out to about $350 US.

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