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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 12-31-08, 10:01 AM   #1
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Electra Bikes

Anyone have any experience with Electra Bikes? Mrs. Zoxe is looking for a 700c-based cruiser/townie as an upgrade to her Giant Revive. The Electra Townie looks like it's close to the Revive's pedaling geometry without weighing half a ton.
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Hey there:
I have ridden a couple, just for fun, and they're great. The Townie is a very comfortable ride. The ones with a coster break make you feel like your 8 years old again. When my mother-in-law was looking into getting a bike, I suggested she take one for a spin. That was all it took. She loves it.
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My parents were looking for bikes for simplicity and crusing along by the beach, and I pointed them towards electras. Both are quite happy and are actually riding the bikes quite often, which from my standpoint is a ringing endorsement for their bikes.
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Thanks for the feedback!

Mrs. Zoxe and I ride 8-12mi on 6d a week weather permitting, mostly through subdivisions and on bike paths. The main problem with the Revive is that's a) HEAVY and b) is capped at 7 speeds. I ride a Giant Cypress, and we're looking for something that will better match my speed (I'm no speed demon but would like to ride around 12-14mph instead of the 8-10 the Revive is built for).

We're hoping the 21 speed Townie is able to keep something like the Revive's geometry (which is very comfy) while allowing her to spin a 700c wheel and have a bigger chainring when she needs it.

We have yet to test ride anything yet. I want to get her on a Specialized Carmel 700, and there's a Day6 dealer in town as well. She finds a standard bike geometry very uncomfortable, otherwise I'd be trying to get us on a pair of Long Haul Truckers.
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Old 01-02-09, 10:29 PM   #5
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Man the Electras are awesome!!! If I could justify owning a 4th bike I would get myself one!
My wife has a townie 21 with 26in wheels and suspension front fork, she liked the ride of it better than the one with 700c and ridged front fork. Excellent quality. The cool thing about the 21speed is it has a big old "bailout" gear on the rear casette!

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I move them around the shop on a frequent basis. Very nice looking I haven't seen a Giant Revive
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