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    Need advice - Electra Townie

    Hello! I'm a 40-year-old sedentary woman in hilly East Tennessee, and I made an enormous mistake yesterday. On a whim, I test-rode a 21-speed Electra Townie around the parking lot.

    Now I'm hooked. I can't get this bike out of my head. I want one! But I don't know if it would be useful or fun. Is that the kind of bike I could take on a trail? (not a technical trail, silly, remember the word "sedentary" which = fat and lazy!) But a greenway type of trail? Hard-packed dirt with no rocks or roots?

    Riding it on the local streets is out of the question -- they're narrow, twisty, and hilly, with no visibility and nowhere to go if a car comes at you out of nowhere. But there are bike trails and greenways. Is this the bike for me?

    Many many thanks for any help!

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    Hello hagan,

    An Electra Townie is probably an adequate start into the wonderful world of biking (and if it's more than adequate, I am certain that happy owners will correct me ).

    Just remember that there seems to be a tendency once one gets a bit less sedentary to acquire more bikes. As you gain experience you may decide that you too can get out there and ride on roads.

    But I would say that an ET is a great way to start riding on trails and getting some exercise.

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    Welcome hagan from a 62 year old neighbor a little south of you.

    Quote Originally Posted by hagan
    Riding it on the local streets is out of the question -- they're narrow, twisty, and hilly, with no visibility and nowhere to go if a car comes at you out of nowhere.
    A car comes at you?? Are you riding the bike on the road FACING traffic. That's fine for pedestrians but a bicycle is considered a vehicle in all 50 states. Ride your bike like you drive a car, on the right and with the flow of traffic.

    The Townie is a good entry bike. Talk to the folks at the bike shop about where you'll be riding. They should be able to answer your questions and make any adjustments to the bike.
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    Other bikeforum threads on the Townie: Link here.
    My wife has a Townie that she really likes. It is fine for flat trails and hard-packed trails--it comes stock with fairly wide tires (26" x 1.95"?). The only issue I have with it is that with the pedal-forward design of the Townie, it is difficult to use your weight to apply pressure to the pedals. In other words, to apply more force to the pedals, you have to really hold on to the handlebars. Go back and do another test ride and find a hill and see what I mean. Aside from that, I think it makes a great flat trail/cruiser-style bike.
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    If you like to be able to put your feet flat on the ground when you stop, keep that Townie. It is a well built and fun bike. If you need to climb serious hills you can add electric power assist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by REESORT View Post
    If you like to be able to put your feet flat on the ground when you stop, keep that Townie. It is a well built and fun bike. If you need to climb serious hills you can add electric power assist.

    Hello REESORT, thanks for the vote for the Townie, and welcome to BF!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Map tester View Post
    Other bikeforum threads on the Townie: Link here.
    The only issue I have with it is that with the pedal-forward design of the Townie, it is difficult to use your weight to apply pressure to the pedals. Aside from that, I think it makes a great flat trail/cruiser-style bike.
    Another thing with the pedals set forward, is that it makes you sit more upright and puts more weight on your butt, which may be less comfortable. Test ride a more conventional bike like the Giant Cypress for a comparison.

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