I bought a Townie 21 700c in early January and have ridden it four out of the past five weekends. So, I figured it was time for a status report. I am strictly a recreational rider with no aspirations to go any further. My goal is to get off my ample behind and go riding around 4 times a week and maybe lose 10-15 lbs.
For me, the Townie has turned out to be almost perfect. Since I had never owned a bike with more than 3 speeds, I was a little wary of 21 speeds. But, I find myself using the middle 7 speeds a lot and really like having them. I seldom use the top or bottom 7 speeds, but I probably will as I ride more. It didn't take very long to get used to the crank forward configuration on the Townie. I still have trouble standing up on the pedals. but with the amount of oomph I can get from the seat, I really don't have any need to stand up on the pedals. The upright riding position is perfect for my persnickety neck condition (2 cervical disc fusions). I have not had any sore necks from riding, and that was certainly not the case with my old Schwinn.
The only thing I have added to the bike so far is a gel pad for the seat and two bottle cages. I'm going to have a bike computer put on shortly, so I can track my mileage. So far, I've only tracked time riding and am curious as to how far I am going in my 1 hour of riding.
I find myself looking forward to being able to ride on the Townie. I can only ride on weekends until the days get longer. It's a pleasure to ride a bike that fits me so well and is fun to ride. No problems have cropped up on the bike so far. I need to learn how to do simple maintenance, so I can keep it in good shape. I'm going to take it back to the LBS I bought it from for a 60 day checkup/adjustment and to have the computer installed.
The 700c wheels make a pretty big difference, I think. I rode a normal Townie 21 at one LBS and really wasn't impressed. I then rode this 21 with 700c wheels at another LBS and it just felt right. Maybe it was my imagination, but this one felt like it was smoother and faster.
So, all is good for me. I even bought a couple of pair of big man bike underliners to wear under my baggy shorts (from aerotech). I can't wait to get them.
Sorry for the longish post. Thanks to everyone for their support.