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    Electra Amsterdam v. Breezer Town Bikes

    Hello, I just recently moved to a more urban environment and am really nervous riding my drop-bar road bike around the city. I'm looking into buying either an Electra Amsterdam or a Breezer Town Bike to use for errands, possibly some commuting, and general transportation. I haven't been able to find a Breezer to test ride, so I'm curious as to how they compare to the Electra Amsterdam. I like the upright riding style on the Amsterdam, and I also like the step-through bar that is available on both bikes.
    Thanks for any reviews or comparisons!

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    If you search on "Amsterdam" and "Electra", you should find some owners' comments. My impression is that the Breezer will be a bit lighter than the Electra, which is not very important unless you will be riding on hilly routes.

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    I vote for the Amsterdam, not because I know anything. But because it's the coolest looking bike I have seen in a long long time. I want one. BAD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aloyzius View Post
    I vote for the Amsterdam, not because I know anything. But because it's the coolest looking bike I have seen in a long long time. I want one. BAD.

    Either one will make you happy, since they are cut from the same mold.

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    One significant difference is that the Amsterdam are somewhat crank-forward, but Breezers are not. Breezers come in 3, 7, or 8 gear models, while the Amsterdam has a 3 speed hub only. Breezers also do not have coaster brakes in the rear as the Amsterdam does. I own a Breezer and I've ridden an Amsterdam. The Amsterdam was fun, but felt like quite a different ride to me.
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    Thanks donnamb, I really am curious as to the differences in how they ride. I've had the chance to test ride the Amsterdam, but I can't find a Breezer to try out. I am really wondering how the geometry of the two bikes compare. I know the Amsterdam has the really upright riding style, is the Breezer's more of a mountain bike in terms of "up-rightedness"?

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    Selling Breezer Uptown 8

    Ktea,

    Just an fyi, I just posted my Uptown 8 for sale in the for sale forum, in case you're interested. I'm selling for the opposite reason; switching to a drop bar commuter as my commute is decidedly non-urban!

    By the way, the ride on the Breezer is pretty upright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ktea View Post
    Hello, I just recently moved to a more urban environment and am really nervous riding my drop-bar road bike around the city. I'm looking into buying either an Electra Amsterdam or a Breezer Town Bike to use for errands, possibly some commuting, and general transportation. I haven't been able to find a Breezer to test ride, so I'm curious as to how they compare to the Electra Amsterdam. I like the upright riding style on the Amsterdam, and I also like the step-through bar that is available on both bikes.
    Thanks for any reviews or comparisons!
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    Hi,

    I own the Electra Amsterdam Royal 8 and love it. I ride it to and from work two to three times a week, 11 miles RT, both in the sun and rain. I'm not sure how long the Royal 8 has been out, but it has several improvements over the 3 speed.

    1. The frame is made of aluminum tubing.
    2. It has an internal 8 speed Shimano hub instead of the 3 speed. You can shift gears while stopped at the light and there is NO CLICK, CLICK noise from the freewheel when coasting. Just silence.
    3. The AXA generator is an upgrade from the model on the 3 speed.
    4. It has internal roller brakes on both the front and rear hubs. They work great in the rain!
    5. Since the brakes are in the hubs, I can polish the chrome rims without affecting the braking.
    6. It comes with a really nice paint, glossy black paint job and has tasteful pin striping.
    7. The rear fender has a coat protector that keeps clothing from getting tangled in the rear wheel.

    So if you might still be interested, go take a look at the eight speed model.

    Good Luck!
    Butch M.

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