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Old 09-13-17, 02:42 AM   #1
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New Electra Townie Balloon 8i owner

Hi everyone, I recently bought an Electra Townie Balloon 8i. It was bought new but was a 2015 model so I guess the bike shop wanted to get rid of it to clear some floor space for 2018 models, so managed to get it for half the original retail price. Electra Townies are very rare in the UK so it does stand out quite a bit.

Anyway, I bought it as my leisure bike and a bike to 'enhance' slowly. It's the total opposite of my Specialized road bike that weighs around 9KG. Whilst with the road bike the aim is to reduce the total weight, I've added quite a few items to my Electra Townie. I guess it weighs around 20KG at the moment.

Immediately after buying it I sent it to a bike service centre to have it checked over and prepared properly in terms of cable adjustments, alignment, etc., as I ordered it online so I wanted to be sure that the bike was prepared correctly.

It runs very smoothly and I'm just a little annoyed that we're into Autumn here in the UK so my opportunities to ride it in warm sunshine are dwindling by the day. I can't wait for Summer in 2018!

When I'm able to, I'll post some pictures of the bike with all the current modifications on it.
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Old 09-15-17, 09:56 AM   #2
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Here's my recently-purchased 2015 Electra Townie Balloon 8i cruiser. I got a great deal on it as it was an older-year model. Since I purchased it, I've added and changed a few things on it.











Modifications/additions:

1. Added an Electra Townie rear rack (ordered via a UK online bike shop);

2. Added a front Fastar Retro light (ordered via Amazon UK, shipped from China);

3. Added a rear Spanninga Pixeo XB Mudguard Light (ordered on eBay UK);

4. Replaced the stock saddle with a Brooks England B67 saddle (ordered from Wiggle UK);

5. Added an Avantree 10W Bluetooth Bike Speaker for streaming music from my phone (ordered on Amazon UK);

6. Added an Electra Bugle Horn with a Knog Oi Classic small bell (ordered via a UK online bike shop);

7. Added a Brick Lane Bikes London Canvas Saddle Bag (ordered directly from Brick Lake Bikes in London, UK).
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Wow,...she looks BEAUTIFUL!!!
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^ Thank you for your kind comment! Indeed, this bike is a labour of love and I'm slowly changing components on it. The next two planned upgrades are to add a retro-style mirror to it and Dutch-bike style rubber pedals.
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that's quite the good-looker! wifey just bought herself a 7d townie, they are very nice bikes and fun to ride. fwiw, i think your current pedals look great with the silver crankset, post and bars.
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that's quite the good-looker! wifey just bought herself a 7d townie, they are very nice bikes and fun to ride. fwiw, i think your current pedals look great with the silver crankset, post and bars.

I agree. Unless those pedals don't spin well, or offer poor grip, I'd keep them. They look perfect on that bike. Kinda sorta old school, with just a smidge of modern, matches the bike perfectly.
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Thanks for the comments, guys. Yep, you're right - the pedals look fine so I'll keep them. Just wishing for some sunshine here in London, UK to go for a long cycle ride but the weather's very changeable at the moment.
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Here's a walk-around video of the entire bike, up-to-date with the Garmin Varia Radar rear light that I attached earlier this afternoon. It shows all of the additions/updates that I mentioned in Post #2 with a couple of extras since those pictures were taken.

Here's the full up-to-date list:

1. Electra Townie rear rack
2. Fastar Retro front light
3. Spanninga Pixeo XB Mudguard Light
4. Brooks England B67 saddle
5. Avantree 10W Bluetooth Bike Speaker
6. Knog Oi Classic small bell
7. Brick Lane Bikes London Canvas Saddle Bag
8. Garmin Edge 1000 bike computer
9. Garmin Varia Radar Rear Light

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Stunning bike
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Very nice! Very classy.

What do you think of that front brake?
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Very nice! Very classy.

What do you think of that front brake?
Both the front and rear brakes are very poor compared to what Iím used to. However, thatís the nature of the beast. The bike never gets up to any decent speeds so the brakes are okay in that context. On the plus side, Iím never going to be flipped over the handlebars during an emergency stop!
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how well does that little bell work? I've looked at those on ebay and may pick up a few.


also the headlight. I buy those all the time (or some similar copy, also off ebay), but except for one I put on someone else's bike, I don't ever get around to putting batteries in them. have you ever tried or seen them wired to a generator or dynamo? thanks.
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That Knog Oi Bell is rubbish in terms of volume! I bought it purely for its beautiful design. Same with the lights - I was after a retro look. It’ll never be ridden at night as it’s just for summer daytime riding.

If you’re after a superb Bell then the Spurcycle Bell is amazing. It’s fitted to my hybrid and I’ve posted pictures of it in another thread somewhere - just search my posts to find it. The Spurcycle Bell also looks great, but has one of the loudest Bell sounds too.

I did get the front light off eBay but had to buy the mount separately. The only technically good part on the bike is the saddle and the rear light.
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Exceptionally nice bike. Cool, as my children would say. Who makes the Townie? Alongside my Schwinn Meridian Trike I also have a PEDEGO cruiser, also with electric motor that looks very much like this wonderful Townie. Enjoy. I intend to post photos of both once I have passed the 'newbie' status and am allowed to do that.
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Electra is the brand, which is now owned by Trek.
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The only technically good part on the bike is the saddle and the rear light.

I'm not so sure about that

You've done a superb job with your Townie, mate! ALL your upgrades look great and I like the way the rear rack matches the frame colour

Mine has the lights built in (the EQ model), and you will really appreciate them for the extra visibility they provide to other riders and drivers. They will easily see you from either direction.

All best and happy pedaling, Joe
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