Schwinn’s Brighton 1 (top) and Allston 1 (bottom).  Photos courtesy of www.schwinnbikes.com.

Schwinn’s Brighton 1 and Allston 1 are steel bikes with fenders, chainguards, and rear racks that go for about $660.  Both bikes have Shimano Nexus 8-speed internal gear hubs.

This is a very practical bike at a decent price.  In terms of elegance and function, it’s comparable to the Linus Roadster 8.  Schwinn says the fenders and rear rack “make a utility and fashion statement.”  Yes, we agree – we’ve been saying that since 2008 and hoping for more bikes like these.

Schwinn also says that these models are available “exclusively” at Schwinn signature independent bike shops.  That’s a positive development and a show of support by Schwinn for local business owners.

Here are the specs for the Allston 1 (the Brighton 1 has nearly identical specs):

Size

SM, MD

Frameset

Frame

Schwinn steel classic step-thru Dutchi

Fork

Schwinn rigid steel

Drivetrain

Crank

Alloy 3-piece 38T

Bottom Bracket

Cartridge

Derailleurs

N/A (F), N/A (R)

Shifters

Shimano Revoshift

Cog Set

19T

Chain

KMC Z410A

Wheels

Rims

Weinmann ZAC19 alloy 36H

Size

700 x 38

Spokes

14G stainless

Tires

Kenda K-192 700 x 38

Components

Pedals

Schwinn Bow Tie

Brakes

Alloy caliper

Brake Levers

Alloy

Handlebar

Alloy classic riser, 25.4

Stem

Alloy quill, 25.4

Headset

1″ threaded

Saddle

Classic lightweight springer saddle

Seatpost

Alloy 25.4 x 300 mm

Extras

Extras

Classic stitched grips, fenders, rear rack

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