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    Cheap singlespeed commuter

    With the weather clearing and gas prices rising I've been riding my bike more. Problem is: my bike is an NS Suburban DJ bike.

    What I'm looking for is something much better suited for longer distances and cheap enough that I won't really worry about locking it up in public or on the local university campus.

    I work part-time for Performance and the SE Drafts we have in the store have really caught my eye, especially at $240 before my discount. I was also looking at the Scattante Americano series. I have easy access to GT, Schwinn, Fuji, and Diamondback, too, but don't mind special ordering a brand we don't carry if it'll be a step above any of those offerings.
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    You work at performance. I am jealous, and therefore will not help you.




    Seriously though, you have a source, Can you 'rent' one from the shop overnight as a test drive?

    I'd think a road or 'cross geometry steed with drop bars would be what you need.
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    I don't think my manager would be that excited about me "renting" a bike...

    I've taken a cursory glance at the 'cross bikes we have, but they're all a little out of my price range. I want to spend <$300.
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    Isn't the SE Draft made out of Hi-Ten steel? I try not to be a bike snob, but...

    The Americano 1, with the compact drop bars, would be more attractive to me. After that, maybe the one with the bullhorns - I'd be worried about how well track-style drops would work with traditional road brake levers, and I like the hand position offered by brake hoods or bullhorns.
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