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Old 03-18-12, 11:13 AM   #1
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Reviews on the Globe Daily, Pashley, Electra?

I'm pondering a new bike (ladies style). I want to test ride the Globe Daily 8spd, Electra Amsterdam 8spd, and the Pashley Sovereign Princess 5spd. I like the more upright casual riding type bike. I'm 50 and haven't ridden a bike in at least 10 yrs, but will be moving to a bike friendly community within the next yr (hopefully!). I want something that will get me around town on bike trails, etc. I have a couple of vintage bikes that are just for fun, but wanted something newer as well.

If you ride any of these, your feedback would be greatly appreciated. Especially on how well they hold up.
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Old 03-20-12, 10:14 AM   #2
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My wife has a globe daily 3 (internally geared hub 8speed). She really digs it for running around town, shopping, etc. So far it has held up well, no drama with it at all. She also liked the Linus bikes but they don't come large enough for her, if you aren't 5'10" they might have a size for you
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Take a look at Velourias blog: http://lovelybike.blogspot.com/p/bicycle-reviews.html
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My question to you would be...what's the terrain of your new community? If it's mostly flat then the bikes you mentioned will be fine. If you have hills then you might want to look at something with more gears than 8.

I'm 52 and have 3 bikes (so far). My all time favorite bike for running errands of any long distance (18+ miles) is my 2010 Trek Allant WSD. It has 21-gears and can get me up the hills while carrying cargo and/or towing a trailer, without me killing my knees.

So far the Allant (I call her Olive) has taken me on 30-mile errands over paved, dirt and gravel roads, and handled it very well. For all the grit and grime I put her through she is holding up beautifully.

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Thanks for the input. I bought the Electra. I'd decided that to get a Pashley, I had to go almost all the way to San Francisco (3hrs) and not many dealers around for service/parts. I liked the riding position on the Electra (mostly upright) and that it was very easy to ride, I really liked the drumbrakes which had much better stopping power than caliper brakes, and dyno hub for lighting. I initially thought that I wouldn't like the Foot Forward geometry, but it was very comfortable without feeling like I was loosing too much in power.

I also test rode the Electra Ticino, as I was curious about the mixte framed bike. It rode great, very nimble but comfortable. Will definitely be interested in this one after I get to Colorado.
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Old 03-29-12, 10:32 AM   #7
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My question to you would be...what's the terrain of your new community? If it's mostly flat then the bikes you mentioned will be fine. If you have hills then you might want to look at something with more gears than 8.

I'm 52 and have 3 bikes (so far). My all time favorite bike for running errands of any long distance (18+ miles) is my 2010 Trek Allant WSD. It has 21-gears and can get me up the hills while carrying cargo and/or towing a trailer, without me killing my knees.

So far the Allant (I call her Olive) has taken me on 30-mile errands over paved, dirt and gravel roads, and handled it very well. For all the grit and grime I put her through she is holding up beautifully.

Great looking bike! I really like the front rack, too. However, I was looking for an internally geared hub and a bike w/ a chainguard. I don't think I saw the allant anywhere, most shops had the sedona.
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