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Old 05-25-14, 08:11 PM   #376
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Just got my townie 21d yesterday

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It's a fine bike. The most important thing is: does it work for you? (it sounds like it does if you're about to buy it.)

1) Buy it.
2) Ride it.
3) Repeat step 2.

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Agree with above. I love my townie and my heavy as heck grocery getter raleigh retro glide 7. Both bikes have allowed me to return to cycling despite health issues that leave me limping and in pain when I walk. On my bikes I feel like a kid again. Although the Raleigh's seat is slightly more comfy than the townie
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Old 07-27-14, 01:17 PM   #377
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Electra Townie - Help Choosing Number of Gears

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I love my Townie. My typical ride on it is about 10 miles, but I have done a lot of 20 mile rides and even a 25 mile ride with lots of hills. I always get looks when I pass people, but that thing is so comfortable and pretty quick for a cruiser. On my 10 miles rides I average 16 mph. Not bad for a fat guy on a cruiser.
You said you ride your Townie with "lots of hills". Can you tell me how many gears you have on your Townie? I'm have a hybrid bike but would like to get a Townie for ease of riding around the city streets but would also like to ride on the Metro Parks paved trails. I'm thinking of a 3 speed -- or should I get 7 or 21? Would love to hear from you or anyone else with an Electra Townie who can give some advice.

Also, any other thoughts about Townie's from folks who own them? Do you love yours or not so much? Did you add a rack or other accessories and what's your review of these?
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Old 07-29-14, 09:24 AM   #378
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You said you ride your Townie with "lots of hills". Can you tell me how many gears you have on your Townie? I'm have a hybrid bike but would like to get a Townie for ease of riding around the city streets but would also like to ride on the Metro Parks paved trails. I'm thinking of a 3 speed -- or should I get 7 or 21? Would love to hear from you or anyone else with an Electra Townie who can give some advice.

Also, any other thoughts about Townie's from folks who own them? Do you love yours or not so much? Did you add a rack or other accessories and what's your review of these?
I would get the 7 speed for sure. It's geared a little different so that you still have a great hill climbing speed and a decent top end as well. I'm sure those are not the technical works I am supposed to use, but the 7 speed has been pretty good. I'm selling mine soon to buy my wife a new bike. I have gotten into more long distance riding that I use my road bike for and we live in a tiny apartment, so having extra bikes around is painful. You are not far away, I will make you a good deal.
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Old 07-29-14, 10:02 AM   #379
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You said you ride your Townie with "lots of hills". Can you tell me how many gears you have on your Townie? I'm have a hybrid bike but would like to get a Townie for ease of riding around the city streets but would also like to ride on the Metro Parks paved trails. I'm thinking of a 3 speed -- or should I get 7 or 21? Would love to hear from you or anyone else with an Electra Townie who can give some advice.

Also, any other thoughts about Townie's from folks who own them? Do you love yours or not so much? Did you add a rack or other accessories and what's your review of these?
My wife's Townie 3i:



Try to tell her it's not the best bike in the whole world and she will ignore you completely. She couldn't behappier with it. She finds 3 gears to be plenty - but then she is coming from a single speed, and we don't have any mountains in out neighborhood. It handles small hills and long inclines just fine. The one ride I have been able to take on it, it impressed as solid, smooth and supremely comfortable. While it's not my particular kind of bike, I totally get the appeal.

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Old 11-03-14, 07:59 AM   #380
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Electra's web site currently (10/14) proclaims the Townie is the best selling bike in the USA.
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Old 11-03-14, 06:13 PM   #381
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IIRC Electra is/will be soon owned by Trek, so that would sort of make sense.
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IIRC Electra is/will be soon owned by Trek, so that would sort of make sense.
Message #369! Yeah, I imagine Trek's ownership has opened up more point-of-sale locations.
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Old 11-06-14, 01:51 PM   #383
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My wife lives her Townie. She got the 7-speed and tows the twins around in their trailer with no problems.
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Old 11-30-14, 02:47 AM   #384
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I'm still stomping my Electra-Townie coaster brake model for about 10 miles per day. It has been durable - only replacement part to date - the chain (normal stretch). I'll replace it with my "Frankenbike" when it's finished, but until then, I'm still riding the Townie.
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Old 06-04-15, 10:12 PM   #385
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Love the Townie!!!

I must say I love that you put Disc Brakes on the Townie! I'm going to show my bike shop the pics and see if they can do this. I love my Townie and thought I had every imaginable thing on it but I never thought of the Disc Brakes. Plus, the seats! Oh, how I can relate to that pile. I am going to look into trying the Hobson seat too, looks very comfortable. Don't get me wrong my Townie still looks classy and is matte black too but I added a Garmin Edge 1000, rear rack, fenders, Top of line dual lights plus a chrome light above front tire and have spent thousands.
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