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Old 04-18-05, 01:31 PM   #1
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TOWNIES: What do you think?

At our LBS, the bike guy showed my wife a catlogue of this new line of bicycle called "Townies". The best way that I can describe them, are fat tire, wide frame, styled like the old single speed bikes from the '50s', but the seat tube sits back almost like a recumbant, and the bike can come with multi-speed hand twist shifters or single speed, hand brakes or foot brakes. Have you seen these, and if so, what do you think? Chicharron.
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Old 04-18-05, 02:57 PM   #2
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I think they'd be good bike to introduce a girlfriend to cycling.

They're just more stylish cruisers.
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Old 04-18-05, 03:00 PM   #3
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I personally like them. I wouldn't go on a long weekend ride on one, but they're great "coffeehouse" bikes. I've owned cruisers and puppies before, and BOTH are great chick magnets.
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The definative thread is here: Electra's New Townie

I was thinking about getting the three speed version for my wife. She's turning 50 in Sept. and isn't too comfortable on a standard bike.
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The townie will be the bike I finally get my mom on. She will not ride if she can't touch the ground and have a coaster brake. I think they're great for recreational riding, I want the Electra Rat Fink or the June(its got my name on it)
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Old 04-18-05, 07:45 PM   #6
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My wife has MS and is in dire need of exercise and hasnt ridden a bike in over 25 years. We purchased a Townie 21 6 days ago and she has ridden 4 of them and has to fight off our 14 year old and me to ride it. Ride it before you judge it, it is a blast.
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Go the thread in Recreational Cycling. We don't need another free advertising thread for these bikes here as well.
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Old 04-18-05, 09:28 PM   #8
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Go the thread in Recreational Cycling. We don't need another free advertising thread for these bikes here as well.
Nine out of ten adults do not ride bikes on a regular basis. Comfort and a feeling of "security" while riding are a major factor in keeping people off bikes.

This ain't the bike for you? Then, go read some other thread. I wish we had waay more threads about folks discovering ways to bring more people into cycling...and perhaps fewer comparing widget "A" with widget "B" and mega-expensive bike "A" with mega-expensive bike "B".

We need more "free advertising" for good ideas...can't "advertise" them enough.
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Nine out of ten adults do not ride bikes on a regular basis. Comfort and a feeling of "security" while riding are a major factor in keeping people off bikes.

This ain't the bike for you? Then, go read some other thread. I wish we had waay more threads about folks discovering ways to bring more people into cycling...and perhaps fewer comparing widget "A" with widget "B" and mega-expensive bike "A" with mega-expensive bike "B".

We need more "free advertising" for good ideas...can't "advertise" them enough.
Yeah, no joke. If people were really concerned about the quality and quantity of the threads on bikeforums, the would chime in on every needless "What pedal should I buy" and "Lance is Gay" thread that gets posted. If you don't like the bike, just say so.
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Go the thread in Recreational Cycling. We don't need another free advertising thread for these bikes here as well.
This has got to qualify as the most ludicrous post of the day.
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Anything that put people on man-powered wheels is good. More variety won't hurt.

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Go the thread in Recreational Cycling. We don't need another free advertising thread for these bikes here as well.
I created the thread on the Recreational Cycling so you blame me! ;-)

I also discovered that Giant is making "Flat footed" frames and they're not too bad. In fact, it looks like this type of geometry might have potential.
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I am in agreement here.all bikes should be mentioned here.anything to get people riding,isn't that the idea to begin with anyway?
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I created the thread on the Recreational Cycling so you blame me! ;-)
Well, in Rowan's defense, the thread you started is still going (even after 1-1/2 years) so I sort of agree that the ahem-"discussion" should have stayed in that thread.
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Go the thread in Recreational Cycling. We don't need another free advertising thread for these bikes here as well.
I have to say that was my first thought when I saw this thread . But I suppose anything that gets people on bikes (particularly people that otherwise wouldn't bike) is a good thing.

So advertise away.
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The thing is, a new person might not think about a Townie being recreational. They might think that recreational means...camping on a bike, or something else. They have no idea what touring is, and they know that in most cases, "general discussion" catches about everything. Given that this question was asked by a senior member, I'd say that he's probably dedicated to reading the road forum or the MTB forum or the commuter forum maybe. Doesn't meant that the question was inappropriate to be asked here. A nudge to the existing thread is fine, since there's already a lot of information there, but it doesn't need to be rude. That's all I'm saying. Ludicrous was too harsh to get that point across.
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Old 04-25-05, 03:10 PM   #17
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Go the thread in Recreational Cycling. We don't need another free advertising thread for these bikes here as well.
OK,OK, everybody here can blame me for the thread. It never occured to me that I would be accused of trying to advertise a product by starting this thread. I had thought that discussion and discourse about bicylces and riding bicycles was the point of this web site. And, I thought that the title of this forum "General Cycling Discusssion" was for discussions that really don't fit anywhere else. I truly wanted to get some feedback and opinions about a new kind of bicycle. However, I offer my apologies for not fitting into a preconcieved format. Next time I will try to be more correct.
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Hi townie fans. I'm selling a 2005 Townie 24 black satin on eBay in the San Diego area for $349 with over $100 in extras. It's been ridden only a few times and is like new! Save a few bucks! Here's the link: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...item=7167209837
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Nine out of ten adults do not ride bikes on a regular basis. Comfort and a feeling of "security" while riding are a major factor in keeping people off bikes.

This ain't the bike for you? Then, go read some other thread. I wish we had waay more threads about folks discovering ways to bring more people into cycling...and perhaps fewer comparing widget "A" with widget "B" and mega-expensive bike "A" with mega-expensive bike "B".

We need more "free advertising" for good ideas...can't "advertise" them enough.
Alan...you are brilliant, and absolutely right!!!
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I want the Electra Rat Fink or the June(its got my name on it)
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