As a two-month owner of Electra's Townie 8 and admitted neophyte cyclist, I have to tell you that this bike is amazingly comfortable. I am 47 and my husband is 63. We just bought his/hers Townies and are loving it! We both feel like we could ride all day and not tire out. It was obvious from the very first test ride that we were riding a different kind of bike with a ride that was more smooth and comfortable than any other we had ever tried. That's our take on it.