KHS Winner Road Bike - 48cm - Red

khs winner road bike - 48cm - red - front angle view
"W" is for "Winner"

"My, what muscular calves you have, Grandma!"

"All the better to go randonneuring with."

Little Red Riding Hipster, a short cycling blogger from Beaverton, Oregon, straps her picnic basket (full of ethically-sourced organic produce, locally-baked gluten-free multi-grain bread, and a bottle of cheap wine) to her alloy cargo rack and swings a leg over the top tube of her red 48cm KHS Winner road bike. Deep down, she wanted a mixte, but she couldn't find one small enough, so she bought a men's bike, just because.


(Be sure to check compatibility before ordering parts or picnic baskets for your vintage road bike.)

She pedals the little KHS along an old logging road through the forest. It's difficult to keep her eyes on the road as she rides underneath the majestic glory of the Pacific Northwest's towering old-growth redwoods. But she tries to stay focused, because her tires are old and worn. One brief encounter with a sharp rock and she'll be walking to Grandma's house.

Little Red Riding Hipster thinks back to the day she bought her crimson KHS Winner at Kissler's Cyclery in Beaverton. The shop has since closed, but she remembers asking the woodsy young bike mechanic to install a set of full-length fenders for protection from Oregon's wet winters, and a cargo rack so she can bring Grandma her favorite farmers'-market goodies. She wishes she'd thought to ask for some cork handlebar tape; the stock foam is ugly and uncomfortable.

khs winner road bike - 48cm - red - side view
Ain't it cute

The KHS Winner road bike has a lugged steel frame, steel handlebars and seat post, and full steel wheels, and although the tubing is called "KHS Light", this little red rider isn't exactly lightweight. But it is solid and reliable, with Shimano derailleurs to run through all ten speeds, and an alloy stem and brakes to shave off a pound or two.

The redwoods become a blur as Little Red Riding Hipster puts her head down, shifts into high gear, and sprints the last mile to Grandma's house. She takes the picnic basket off the cargo rack, walks to the door, lets herself in, says "hi Grandma! I set a new 'personal best' on the ride here!" and promptly gets eaten by a big bad wolf.

Unfortunately, Little Red Riding Hipster didn't survive, but don't worry; her Tumblr will live on. And so will her little red KHS Winner road bike. I was lucky enough to shoot some photos of it. Here they are.

khs winner road bike - 48cm - red - front angle view
It's clean, too
khs winner road bike - 48cm - red - rear view
A rarity: the left-side view
khs winner road bike - 48cm - red - frame detail
Lookit that li'l ol' red frame
khs winner road bike - 48cm - red - head tube
Is this "lugs" or "a lug"?
khs winner road bike - 48cm - red - seat tube decal
Gettin' all royal 'n' stuff
khs winner road bike - 48cm - red - seat tube and freewheel
Off in the distance: 5-speed freewheel, Skylark derailleur

(Be sure to check compatibility before ordering parts or picnic baskets for your vintage road bike.)
khs winner road bike - 48cm - red - handlebars
Ugly foam. How about some cork tape?
khs winner road bike - 48cm - red - drivetrain
10 speeds...I hope one is a "granny gear"
khs winner road bike - 48cm - red - khs light decal
KHS "light" tubing - really?
khs winner road bike - 48cm - red - kissler cyclery decal
Dirk. Kissler. Beaverton. Oh my!
khs winner road bike - 48cm - red - bottom bracket
Made in Taiwan
khs winner road bike - 48cm - red - left crank arm
Alero cold forged cranks