Abosolutely avoid SE Drafts at ALLLLL costs. Shittest bikes on the planet.
He wasn't saying SE Bikes are bad, he just said the Draft is bad which is pretty true, if you are going to get an SE Bike, buy the SE Lager, now that's a nice affordable bike!
steel vs. aluminum? and does it matter which pedals or handlebars i get as long as its what i want or can afford? or should i avoid certain companies?[/Q
Steel is real, that's a classic saying, I have never ridden aluminum for a long trip, but I like steel, it's super strong and won't dent as easily as aluminum. As far as pedals go I like to ride BMX pedals with holdfast straps, any adjustable velcro straps are the best! Otherwise get plastic pedals and plastic clips, steel clips blow! My favorite handlebar setups are drop bars or really wide riser bars, both are super comfortable. Most companies are solid so no worries! Get products with warranties!