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Old 08-01-06, 06:39 PM   #51
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I'm considering buying a second bike specifically for errand and in-town trips. My requirements are:

1) Internal hub gearing. No derailers.
2) Chain cover so pants don't get dirty.
3) Upright positioning.
4) Not too dorky-looking.

Does anyone have any suggestions on brands or models? Thanks! - Warren
Hi Warren!

Try one of these: http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/bikes/06_bcc.html

or, if you're flush, one of these: http://www.sycip.com/bikes_cruiser.html
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Old 08-01-06, 06:49 PM   #52
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Breezer bikes seem nice. I like the ones with dynamo hubs.
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Old 08-01-06, 07:55 PM   #53
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Electra Townie. We can't keep these things in stock!

http://electrabike.com
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I'm surpised to hear that you think the Premium Nexus 8-speed hub is "exceptionally difficult" to deal with. I have one and switch back and forth to a fixed-gear wheel regularly. I've actually been impressed by how easy it is to remove the wheel. I should acknowledge, however, that it is the only internally-geared hub I've dealt with, so maybe you're saying it is difficult compared to other internally-geared hubs? Are you aware of the small hole in the piece which holds the end of the shifter cable that allows you to insert an object to rotate it to an easy position for cable removal? I use either a piece of coat hanger or a small hex key.

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A Breezer Uptown 8 has an MSRP of $909. At least, that's what I paid for mine in January, 2006.

Some warnings: The Schimano Premium Nexus 8-speed transmission hub is exceptionally difficult to deal with as far as removal/replacement of the rear wheel for flats, tire changes, etc. A real pain. If I had known how much of pain before I bought the bike, it would have been a deal breaker. Also, the chainguard has a totally idiotic mounting arrangement on the front end; a metal plate goes around the crank hub and "ears" at the end of it screw into the plastic chainguard. Problem is that plate is just a press or friction fit, and the movement of the crank eventually works it loose, and when it does loosen, the interference with the chain is, at first, annoyingly noisy and gets progressively worse until it simply blocks the movement of the crank wheel. I had to have my chainguard removed by a bike shop, since the cranks had to be removed to eliminate that mounting plate.

Other than that, the Uptown 8 is a great bike, just far from perfect. Personally, I think that Nexus hub will be a high-maintenance item. I'd have much preferred a 24-speed derailleur system.

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My used ($60) Huffy cruiser is my errands bike. Installed a big basket on the front, a bell, and, as Jackie Gleason used to say, "Awaaaaaaaaaaaay we go!"

It's perfect for light shopping, picking up lunch, dropping off books at the library, taking a picnic lunch with my daughter (on her Huffy) to the park, or cruising over to the Farmer's Market on Sunday. I carry my lock in the basket, and when I get somewhere, I lock up the bike and take the basket with me.

Works for me!

As far as dorky goes, who knows -- I like the retro look / feel of the bike. I just have to avoid big hills!
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Old 08-03-06, 02:15 AM   #56
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I'm surpised to hear that you think the Premium Nexus 8-speed hub is "exceptionally difficult" to deal with. I have one and switch back and forth to a fixed-gear wheel regularly. I've actually been impressed by how easy it is to remove the wheel. I should acknowledge, however, that it is the only internally-geared hub I've dealt with, so maybe you're saying it is difficult compared to other internally-geared hubs? Are you aware of the small hole in the piece which holds the end of the shifter cable that allows you to insert an object to rotate it to an easy position for cable removal? I use either a piece of coat hanger or a small hex key.
I was not aware of that small hole; I'll look for it. Thanks for the tip! I never got that advice from Breezer, in spite of numerous E-mail exchanges with them on this topic. I'm starting to wonder if they are even aware of it!
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Old 08-03-06, 04:22 AM   #57
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Here's my thoughts.
A few months back, there was 3-speed folder being advertised in the "trade & Exchange" part of the paper. Of course, I had to buy it. It's a steel blue Gitane & I'm unsure of it's age. It's got mud-guards, a chain cover, internal hub gears & is built to last.

It's really useful.
It can fold in half to fit on Country Link trains, local buses & in the boot of a car.
It's fun for a leisurely ride to my local beach.
Put on a big basket on the rack, and it's a grocery bike.
I can lock it up outside the mall, without worrying about it being damaged.
And the younger generation thinks it looks "cool".

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Does anyone have any suggestions on brands or models?

- Warren
I would look at this as a golden opportunity to create a custom bike for myself.
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You don't need multiple gears to ride in the wind. I've ridden in the wind on my fixed gear to run errands. Oh, hills too.......
You must not have very strong winds where you ride.

7-8 beaufort north sea winds are brutal and i think i'd rather drive up a 20% grade without gears anyday.
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