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COMMENT: The Townie offers one advantage that other "cruiser" style bikes don't. I'm 6'2" tall, and on my current exercise bike/cruiser (A Dyno-Glide), the stock seat post can't be extended adequately to provide proper seat height. Since the original seat post immediately bent at full extension, I've replaced it with an industrial, stainless-steel pipe (with a brass shim to make it fit the seat tube). Even this is beginning to bend! With the Townie, the gusseted seat tube extension above the upper frame tube allows proper seat height with their stock seat-post! The few added inches of braced, seat tube extension make the difference. This is NOT a trivial issue for taller & heavier riders, who are poorly served by conventional cruisers. Unfortunately, good double-diamond frames with coaster brake hubs (like the old Schwinn Racer) are no longer available. This means that the ONLY currently-available frame with a coaster hub that will fit larger riders is the Townie (to the best of my knowledge..) If I'm mistaken, please let me know!
QUESTION ONE: The design of the Townie requires an exceptionally long distance between the bottom bracket and the rear hub (significantly longer than double-diamond or cruiser frames). Is chain stretch a major issue for the Townie? I ask this question because I'm frequently having to adjust the chain tension on my Dyno-Glide as I pump during exercise. About once a month, the chain gets stretched to the point where I either readjust the tension or it begins jumping gears.
QUESTION TWO: I've also broken the crank once on my Dyno-Glide (just twisted that puppy right in two in the middle of the bottom bracket!). I see that the Townie has a cotterless crank in aluminum. Since the steel ashtaubla crank on the Dyno-Glide didn't stand up to my stresses, will the aluminum crankset on the Townie be adequately robust? I'd like to hear from heaver riders who have purchased and used Townies for some period of time.
QUESTION THREE: I've never owned an aluminum frame before. The steel frame on my current Dyno-Glide cruiser flexes noticably when I get down on it. Is there any reliabiliby problem with aluminum frames in general (or the Townie's in particular) that I should consider prior to purchase? Since everybody's probably wondering by now just how monsterous I am (broken cranks, stretched chains...), I'm currently at 260#. In spite of this weight, I have muscular legs and walk, run, and/or ride daily. I used to ride double-diamond frame 10-speeds, but now stick with coaster brake hubs for reliability. Again, I'd be interested in hearing heavier riders' experiences with the Townie.
Thanks in advance for being gentle and helpful with me on this, my first post at BikeForums.