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Old 05-03-14, 12:17 AM   #1
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It has arrived........ New bike!

I am beyond excited.... Some family members today took me to the bike shop down in philly off rt 1 (bustleton bikes) under another pretense, and now i have a brand new bike sitting in my garage. They (6 people) came together and paid for it. I now have to come up with a way to repay their kindness.

It is a 2012 Breezer Uptown 8 frame with a N360 CVT hub from breezer's uptown infinity line. Has rear rack, fenders, dyno + front and back lights. The grips are super comfy, it rides really really great, and i can now finally put my dead cruiser to rest in the recycling bin (or freecycle).

This is one of those moments when you find something you thought would be very cool but never actually exist or find.

The fenders and chainguard are polycarbonate, which is actually lighter than the current model's setup, which i believe is steel. I will keep an eye on them, as i know plastic, even polycarbonate, can age & such.

If you look at this link Breezer Bikes - Bike Archive | 2012 | Uptown 8 It looks green, but it's actually color changing metallic paint.... it changes from hunter green to a rich burgundy depending on angle.

It has different than stock tires, as you can see in the photo (stock are not reflective).

The lights are beyond anything i've seen on a store shelf, headlight has a really great pattern on the road and VERY bright. Tail light doubles as reflector when not lamp illuminated. There are connecting leads integrated with the fenders, which cuts down on wire clutter. The wires you do see are beefy and well secured tothe fenders and lights. All in all a solid package.

The bags are Trek interchange. The are amazing and expand quite a bit, they have reflective trim and integrated cover to protect it from the elements, mud, grit, rain, what have you. It also has a mesh helmet holder, which i think is awesome, especially if you wanna take it on a train or bus and need a hand free.

I took it for a real world ride all around town when i got it home from a farther grocery trip, and i am absolutely thrilled.

One thing i did change is i took the shock absorber seatpost off and put a rigid post on, making it easier to mount/dismount & maintain a comfortable geometry.




Reflective all over!!!


With big fat cushy cruiser seat. Swapped seatposts & now original seat is back on.


More photos in the daylight tomorrow!

Also, feel free to share your thoughts!!!!

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Nice..Nice...Very Freakin' Nice!

Congrats, TransitBiker!
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Nice..Nice...Very Freakin' Nice!

Congrats, TransitBiker!
Thank you! I am compelled to go grab a bag of sugar and tea from the local 24 hour grocery store now....

It still has not sunk in to my brain how amazing a rig this thing really is. I've been oogling the 8 and infinity on breezer's website since 2011 while still riding my cruiser which was stuck in 1st gear from a car hitting me.

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Thank you! I am compelled to go grab a bag of sugar and tea from the local 24 hour grocery store now....

It still has not sunk in to my brain how amazing a rig this thing really is. I've been oogling the 8 and infinity on breezer's website since 2011 while still riding my cruiser which was stuck in 1st gear from a car hitting me.

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Ah Andy...I take it you're excited!
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Fabulous! You've got some real nice family.

Enjoy your ride... that's a great way to repay their kindness.
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Ah Andy...I take it you're excited!

Just a tad. It's been a month saturday (today) since the incident so i've been antsy to get back riding. I am a tad out of form, but i'm sure in a few days i'll be back at 100%.

And daihard, you cant not enjoy riding this thing, it's one of the best bikes i've ever ridden. It feels like a triangle frame cruiser.

For those wondering about the N360..... I've done 2 different 4 mile trips since bringing it home a few hours ago. All i can say is "where have you been all my life?". It is definitely a bit heavier than a geared hub, but like an automobile CVT, the extra weight is offset by its ability to smoothly find the ratio sweet spot moment to moment vs searching for a gear with awkward jumps and snags of actual gear shifts.

The headlamp (B&M LYT) is not the higher end of B&M's range, but compared to my old cateye 5 LED it's like a lighthouse vs a firefly. If you are thinking 'bout getting any of these bikes with the lamps, its up to you if you want to go for a higher end light from B&M, but i don't think you'll need it for normal riding conditions. I'll give a final opinion on that when i ride in heavy rain.

The handlebars are not flat, and i'm glad they are not, the grips are extremely comfortable and i could definitely see me riding very long distances (12-20 miles) on this thing in comfort.

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Just a tad. It's been a month saturday (today) since the incident so i've been antsy to get back riding. I am a tad out of form, but i'm sure in a few days i'll be back at 100%.

And daihard, you cant not enjoy riding this thing, it's one of the best bikes i've ever ridden. It feels like a triangle frame cruiser.

For those wondering about the N360..... I've done 2 different 4 mile trips since bringing it home a few hours ago. All i can say is "where have you been all my life?". It is definitely a bit heavier than a geared hub, but like an automobile CVT, the extra weight is offset by its ability to smoothly find the ratio sweet spot moment to moment vs searching for a gear with awkward jumps and snags of actual gear shifts.

The headlamp (B&M LYT) is not the higher end of B&M's range, but compared to my old cateye 5 LED it's like a lighthouse vs a firefly. If you are thinking 'bout getting any of these bikes with the lamps, its up to you if you want to go for a higher end light from B&M, but i don't think you'll need it for normal riding conditions. I'll give a final opinion on that when i ride in heavy rain.

The handlebars are not flat, and i'm glad they are not, the grips are extremely comfortable and i could definitely see me riding very long distances (12-20 miles) on this thing in comfort.

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I am so glad for you, Andy!
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Old 05-03-14, 06:00 AM   #8
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I have this same bike. I've put on 500 miles since last fall. Loving every minute. I'm sure you will too. Enjoy!
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Breezer makes great commuter bikes. Looks like you are ready to take on all weather with that bike. Enjoy.
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Cool bike!! Better get good locks before someone comes along and breaks your heart. I love city bikes, and Breezer has a great rep. Ride Free!
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Nice!!
I used to live right outside of Philly, in West Chester. We did the same thing for my Dad in 1986.
People chipped in and bought him the best Fuji touring bike you could get at the time for him to do his rides to da shore, Valley Forge, Fairmount Park, Doylstown, etc . . He was shocked and moved. That bike has great rides and miles in its old steel soul. A year ago, him at 82 with age issues that keep him from riding, I "inherited" it, so it lives on in Kentucky for another 30 years of happy miles. I hope your great new bike has a similar great life ahead of it!
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Congratulations, you have great friends and family. Beautiful bicycle as well.
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I like the looks of those bikes although I don't understand why they still use threaded headsets. Anywho, I'm reassured about the Busch & Muller Lumotec Lyt front light. I have one sitting in a box and can't wait to try it. (I keep on delaying my touring bike project which may finally be done in December of this year.)

I don't know why a dealer would have a 2012 model...?

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I don't know why a dealer would have a 2012 model...?
Someone ordered it 2 frame sizes too big, and decided not to purchase. That's why it has bags and the N360.

The shop offered it to me at significant discount, which allowed them to recoup part of the cost for them while freeing up space for new stock.

i just got back from a run to staples (bit over 1 mile) with both bags on in & after rain... Amazing! For the first time I could ride in the lane the entire way vs in the rubble strewn shoulder!

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Nice bike. Great family!
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Now that'so what's what I'm talking about! Congratulations!
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I like the looks of those bikes although I don't understand why they still use threaded headsets.
There are still some advantages to using a quill stem with a threaded headset and that is he can raise his bars as high or higher than his saddle. For an upright bike it makes all the difference in the world.

To the OP, great bike and I am glad you are so excited to have it. I test drove a N360 hub and I really liked it. This is a great commuter.
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Incredible! Glad you shared all the pictures. Looks very nice, and very high viz.
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Best of all, you have a mini portable rave with all those reflectors
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Some more photos.....




















Yes, the reflectivity-ness is awesome, especially on those tires!!

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Great commuter bike, congrats !
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And a few more.























I rode in the lane for the whole trip for the first time ever earlier. I really like how i can rely 100% on the hub to shift when i need it to where i need it real time. I also like that the lights come on automatically in dark areas, and it has a small capacitor to keep them illuminated when stopped. The trek bags are a bonus on top of everything, they are sturdy, full of tons of pockets for everything from envelopes to keys to laptops and groceries. I bought a purell 1 litre pump bottle earlier and it easily fit in the main (rearmost) compartment with tons of extra space. I could probably have fit 4-5 of them in there without issue.

The age of the bike (2012) means it has some stuff not made anymore. The light is not stock to the 2012 uptown 8, but has the sensor built in. Brightness is proximately the same. After a ride, the capacitor slowly discharges, so the rear light fades off after a few minutes, same with front light if you leave it switched on or sensor mode in the dark. I find this handy as you can see it in darkened garage easily. The tires are freedom cruz 26x1.5, but again older model that has a reflective strip. They are very grippy on everything i've ridden over so far, and very durable, any errant gravel or sticks it kicks out to the side or just rides over.

The brakes are new so of course they work great, but i've ridden it in the rain earlier on that trip mentioned above, and zero problems and no noise when wet. The brake levers have a grippy material on them and the ends curve out so you can grip them without fear of your fingers slipping off.

As you can see i took the suspension seatpost off, and put on the plain post on from my old trek cruiser (same size). This allowed me to get a comfortable geometry for more upright position, and still allow me to put a toe on the ground if i need to while stopped etc.

I think it's cool that i've a sort of homage to my cruiser in the bags (trek) they included with purchase. I'm weird like that i guess, but that old thing really took me from a fair weather rider to car free lifestyle year round all weather rider. And after a few moments of researching, i'm discovering those bags are not on the cheap side, so all of their features & functionality makes a lot of sense.

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I've never tried pedal powered lights. Be sure and let us know how they work for you after some good use.
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I've never tried pedal powered lights. Be sure and let us know how they work for you after some good use.
I've had them on 2 different bikes for the last 3 years, and they work absolutely fantastic. Advances in LED lighting efficiency and refinements in beam patterns give you all the light you need for road riding nowadays -



Whereas it used to not be this way, only as long ago as 2008 they were pretty sad -




Like I said, I've had them on 2 bikes for 3 years now, and they're great - they're always on the bike, they always just work, you never have to charge a battery or deal with a battery which got old and doesn't work for long enough any more (something that left me a bit stranded on a dark trail twice with battery lights). Biggest drawback of a dynamo is cost, and the hub does weigh something and adds infestisimible drag - it's great on my commuter, but still use a battery light on my road bike that has super-lightweight wheels.
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