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    wedding gift idea: single speed city bikes

    Long story short- my brother's getting hitched, and as a wedding gift I was thinking of getting them his & hers bikes. They live in Chicago which is dead flat, so the idea of singlespeeds cropped up. I'm thinking more aggressive than a cruiser, but less than a track bike, something versatile, that can maybe be built up/upgraded down the line. Good for trips to go get lunch, riding along the lake, etc. Flat bars, wide tires, maybe fenders...

    I was originally thinking San Jose's, a blue and a green, but thought maybe the drop bars might be a little much for their needs.

    Initial ideas:
    - Redline Monocogs, stripped and repainted, bigger chainring, smoother tires, then racks added.
    - NYC Bikes- are these decent, or should be avoided? I have a fork form them on my SS, but not sure abt whole bikes.
    - Redline 925- while not flat bars, they're also not quite drops.

    Any other ideas/suggestions?
    (Also, he's a good bit taller than she is, would that put her at too much of a disavdantage and should I be looking at gears instead?)

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    Redline 925 would be perfect in my book - almost exactly my round town/commuter setup. Love those moustache bars!

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    Not in the price range as the ones you listed, but the pieces of art at this site would be awesome:

    http://www.vanillabicycles.com/

    I felt love when I discovered that site last week.

    Ali

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    If and when I get married, I'm asking for that!
    You should totally do it! I think it's a great idea(as long as they both like to ride). Good luck with the hunt!
    Keep us posted.
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    Kona Africa Bikes

    Kona Africa Bikes. For every two a Kona Dealer buys, one more goes to Africa on Kona's dime. Your pals get stylie wedding bikes (useful, too), an AIDS worker or volunteer gets a bike to use in their work. Actual lives are made better. You get mad props.

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    +1 on the Redline 925: fenders, mustache bars, flip-flop, and under $500.00.
    pete

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    the 925s are pretty rad , perhaps also look at Unos, maybe the new SE townie bikes. any LBS should be happy to swap out the bar/stem combo for you when you buy them if that's what you want. I know quite a few messengers rocking 925s as their winter work bikes. the consensus is that the bike is really zippy and fun and is perfect for bopping around town.

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    Thanks for all the suggestions...

    - if I could afford Vanillas, I'd have one of my own!
    - Redline 925 seems more and more loigcal.
    - I did think briefly about the Kona Africa Bike, but it seems like something they might grow out of pretty quickly. I generally give a charitable donation along with gifts, so purchasing one outright for the Africa project might dovetail nicely.

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