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Old 05-16-12, 05:18 PM   #1
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Creme Cafe Racer

After lusting after this bike on the internet for a few months I finally decided to purchase it. I scoured the internet for reviews and found very little, so I'm hoping that if someone else is interested in this bike they will see this thread. I ordered my bike from Chain Reaction Cycles and had it delivered to my LBS. The delivery took 4 days (all the way from the UK!) and my bike store was very impressed with the bike. I purchase a bike rack from another bike store (I wanted silver and the original bike store didn't have a silver one in stock) and the second bike store was also impressed with the quality of the bike. I haven't ridden a bike since high school so I have nothing to compare it to but I felt very safe and sturdy on my bike. I took her for a 10 mile ride and she did great. The handling is very nice and I think she will be perfect for my leisurely rides and my 3 mile one way commutes beginning in August.

This is the link for my particular bike: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=69703

I bought the 49 cm size.

I'm new to the bike forum, but I've been reading non-stop for the past few months. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like better/ more detailed pictures!



















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Old 05-16-12, 05:38 PM   #2
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Welcome and nice looking bike!
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Old 05-16-12, 06:26 PM   #3
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Nice! This looks similar to my Wife's Electra Ticino 8D, I was wondering where Electra got the idea, I guess now I know, haha
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Previously 'Cafe Racer' was a motorcycle configuration ..
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Old 05-16-12, 07:43 PM   #5
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Excellent! Mixtes in a classic style like that always look great.
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Very stylish! How are the lights? They look pretty cool on there, but do you find them to be bright enough? They're powered by a dynamo hub, right?

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Very stylish! How are the lights? They look pretty cool on there, but do you find them to be bright enough? Their powered by a dynamo hub, right?
Yes! I got the dynamo version and I love them. The front light is very bright and the rear light is visible even in daylight. I'm glad I chose this option because I think I would find changing batteries kind of annoying.
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Beautiful bike! Congrats. Now go ride the crap out of it!
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Old 05-17-12, 05:28 AM   #9
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very pretty looking bike!!! Enjoy riding!!
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Old 05-17-12, 09:59 AM   #10
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Beautiful bike and very good / intelligent set up too. This bike should serve you well and be a pleasure to ride for many years.

Excellent choice!

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every aspect of that bike is pretty damn nice.
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Oh, it knows how to pose for pictures too! Congrats on a new bike! Have fun!
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Old 05-17-12, 01:40 PM   #14
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That sure is purty. I really like the hammered fenders. That front rack is great. And you've even got a discrete and functional chain guard. You chose wisely.
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A friend of mine had those fenders. They do look neat, although not my style, but they do look particularly nice on a light colored bike IMHO. His was a light green.
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As my 8 year old daughter would say, "Fance-a" Pronounced Fancy but with an "a" sound at the end instead of a "y" sound

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Thank you every one! I can't wait to get many years of enjoyment and use out this bike, and I'm beginning to think that this will be the first of many bikes to come.
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I just got a Brooks b17 for my bike. That saddle is comfy as all get out.
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That looks like a great bike. I hope you have lots of fun rides on it.
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Once you go dynamo you never go back to battery. Congrats!
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Not my cup of tea but an extremely fine looking piece of craftsmanship..... er bike. Looks great in that blue. Don't leave that locked up anywhere; it will attract a lot of attention.
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My wife has a pale purple Electra Amsterdam 3i that I thought was the prettiest ladies bike.....I better not show her this. Love them fenders!
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My wife has a pale purple Electra Amsterdam 3i that I thought was the prettiest ladies bike.....I better not show her this. Love them fenders!
The Electra Amsterdam was on my short list when I was choosing a bike. It's definitely a gorgeous one.
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I'm beginning to think that this will be the first of many bikes to come.
Quite likely indeed Happened to a lot of us.
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Just wanted to add a couple more pictures. I ordered a skirt guard on Etsy before I even ordered this bike because I thought it would look beautiful and I plan on biking in skirts and dresses as often as I bike in shorts or pants. I love it, and I think it gives my bike a little character.


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