I have just recently learned how to ride a bike (finally) now that I am 17. For the past couple of years, I have been envying a classmates Electra Courier and finally decided to learn so that I could ride one for myself. However, now that I have the ability to ride, I am finding myself with a dearth of information on this specific bike. I hear people talking about the Townies often, but have only found one thread on a different website that is about this bike.
So my question is, does anyone own this bike and want to tell me their thoughts on it? I love the styling on it; I can't remember wanting to just hop on and ride with another model. In regards to what I will be using it for: the farthest I will be going is about 5 miles at a time, maybe 10 on occasion. I'm just looking for a bike that is fun to ride and cool to look at. So, unless anyone has other suggestions to look at, what do you guys think of the Courier?
The bike looks great!
If you find it comfortable to ride, go for it
Disclaimer: I don't own it, and only seen it in person in a local bicycle store.
Electra makes decent quality bikes.
The only caveat for this model would be around having only the coaster brake.
If you are planning any rides in a hilly area, coaster brakes are prone to overheating on a longer descents. Also, the is no way to stop if your chain breaks or falls off. An addition of front brake would be nice. Have a look at Sheldon's article here: http://sheldonbrown.com/coaster-brakes.html
5 to 10 miles should be no problem for this bike, as long as you have reasonable expectations about your speed
If after a while, you find you want to go faster, you could sacrifice some looks and upgrade the tires to skinnier/higher pressure 26" instead of the original balloons.