|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):
Schwinn steel classic step-thru Dutchi
Schwinn rigid steel
Alloy 3-piece 38T
N/A (F), N/A (R)
Weinmann ZAC19 alloy 36H
700 x 38
Kenda K-192 700 x 38
Schwinn Bow Tie
Alloy classic riser, 25.4
Alloy quill, 25.4
Classic lightweight springer saddle
Alloy 25.4 x 300 mm
Classic stitched grips, fenders, rear rack