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Overview: When KHS unveiled the Green, I knew I had to test one. The KHS Green is a no frills, no thrills bicycle that will basically haul you and your stuff from point A to Point B. What is the major point of this bike? Price. I’ve seen the KHS Green sell for below $275 at bike shops. It is very hard to find a bicycle under $300 that comes with all the goodies for bike commuting. I used the KHS Green for my 4.6 mile one way commute, how did it fare? Read On..
A nice Sturdy rack for your panniers is a standard feature of the Green
First, here are the specs from the manufacturer:
Frame:Hi-Ten Classic Mens or Ladies Step-thru frame
Headset: 1″ Treaded
Rims: Weinmann ZAC21 silver anodized alloy 700 x 38c
Hubs: Shimano 3 speed Nexus Coaster Brake Rear Hub
Tires: Staad 700 x 38c
Spokes: 14G UCP, 36°
Front Derailleur: N/A
Rear Derailleur: Shimano 3 speed Nexus Coaster Brake Rear Hub
Shifters: Shimano 3 speed Nexus Revo Twist
Chain: 1/2″ x 1/8″
Crankset: 3-piece with complete chainguard
Pedals: VP alloy w/steel cage w/boron axle
Saddle: Dual Density with Elastomer Springs
Handlebar: 4″ rise
Stem: Alloy w/Tall Quill
Brakes: Coaster Rear, Hand Brake Front
Frame Sizes: 17″, 21″ Men’s and 14″, 17″ Ladies
Extras: Fenders, Alloy Rear Carrier, Kick Stand, Bell and Rear Wheel Lock
Front and Rear Fenders, a must for soggy commutes
The Looks: The Green will definitely not win any beauty contests, but this could be a blessing in disguise since the bike will be less desirable to thieves. I personally like the solid Black with Green Accents paint scheme. The fenders and the chain guard kind of reminds me of a dutch style bike. I didn’t really care much for the handlebars, a more subtle riser bar can make the bike look better.
Full Chain Guard
The Ride: The bike felt very comfortable, the plush, wide saddle is a big plus for those who care about their butt not being so sore. The upright position was also comfortable, I didn’t experience any neck, back or wrist fatigue. I was expecting the Green to be a slouch due to the upright position, but I was cruising the streets at 16-17mph. I was actually surprised at the speeds that I reached even though I was not pedaling super hard. As far as handling goes, well, this is the Green’s weakness. The high center of gravity and the 700 cc wheels made it hard to turn on tight bends, I almost fell down once when I overshot a turn on the river trail as I was going a little too fast. Braking was not an issue, the front hand brake/rear coaster brake combo worked beautifully.
3 Speed Nexus integrated hub, adequate for short commutes
Hits:The bike comes with fenders, chain guard, rear rack, lock, suspension saddle and a bell. Just add your favorite lights! The bike is also low-maintenance, I never had to anything to the bike.
Integrated Wheel Lock
The integrated lock is also a plus, for those quick stops for a Slurpee or a 40oz (of Gatorade, of course), simply lock up the rear wheel and anyone that will try to run away with the bike will easily be caught. Cost, As I mentioned before, you can find this bike for less than $275.
Not a beauty Queen, but a great short commute bike.
Misses:Weight, yeah, this bike is a tank but what do you expect for less than $275??
My recommendation:Are you a person that wants to start bike commuting? Are you in a budget? Is your commute less than 5 miles and want to leave your $1,000 bike at home? The KHS Green is the bike for you!!! The Green may not win beauty contests or set speed records, but it will get the job done. I also think that this bike has potential to be a longer commute bike if a Nexus 7 or 8 speed is used instead of the 3, that will help out with climbing hills as well as the flats.
For More information, check out www.khsbicycles.com.