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Ordered a new Electra Cruiser

Old 09-22-22, 10:01 PM
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Ordered a new Electra Cruiser

Riding on my Electra Cruiser 1 has been going well the past week .
it seems the pedal forward bikes are the only ones my old knees will tolerate.
I needed a geared bike for the hilly cart paths around here .
So, I ordered a 2023 Electra Cruiser 7d in matte Indigo . A new color for this year .

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Old 09-23-22, 09:50 AM
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Congrats! This is a good time of the year to be riding and I hope it allows you to ride with little or no pain.
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Picked up my new 2023 Electra 7d cruiser this morning.
swapped out the saddle and pedals , made adjustments to fit , and added a Cateye bike computer.
I like it so far , but can see me changing things in the future.
Since the cranks are three piece square taper , but canít swap out the chainring , Iíll probably swap the cranks off a mountain bike frame I built up last year so I can put on a smaller chain ring to enable me to use more of the 14-34 freewheel.
I canít believe they still make freewheel hubs . I wish it were a cassette. And may change out the wheels one day and upgrade to 1x8 cassette drivetrain with a thumb shifter instead of the twist grip .
But for now , Iíll just ride it .
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Old 09-28-22, 02:01 PM
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Nice ride. As for gearing, I'd say swap the freewheel for a DNP 11t-34t instead. It's less expensive, and gives a nice range.
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Very nice color. Matte finishes are starting to grow on me.
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Nice ride. As for gearing, I'd say swap the freewheel for a DNP 11t-34t instead. It's less expensive, and gives a nice range.
an 11-34 would only add speed at the top end with the 11 tooth gear at the bottom in place of the 14 tooth I wasnít using anyways.
I needed a smaller chainring up front , so this morning I stole a set of Shimano 170mm cranks with a 30 tooth changing off another bike , I hadnít ridden in months .
Now my normal start up gear is second gear and I can utilize all seven gears on the rear .
As a bonus , my low gear is perfect for spinning up those big hills when I run across one .
the chainring was orange so I put in an order for a black one that should be here tomorrow. Although the orange does go with the brown grips and natural aged Brooks B-67 saddle. Iím
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an 11-34 would only add speed at the top end with the 11 tooth gear at the bottom in place of the 14 tooth I wasn’t using anyways.
I needed a smaller chainring up front , so this morning I stole a set of Shimano 170mm cranks with a 30 tooth changing off another bike , I hadn’t ridden in months .
Now my normal start up gear is second gear and I can utilize all seven gears on the rear .
As a bonus , my low gear is perfect for spinning up those big hills when I run across one .
the chainring was orange so I put in an order for a black one that should be here tomorrow. Although the orange does go with the brown grips and natural aged Brooks B-67 saddle. I’m
I missed the part about the bike having a 34t cog. My bad,... I'm glad you had a spare crankset from a bike you're not using. This sounds like you have it perfectly set up now. ENJOY!!!
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I missed the part about the bike having a 34t cog. My bad,... I'm glad you had a spare crankset from a bike you're not using. This sounds like you have it perfectly set up now. ENJOY!!!
No problem!
I don’t know why a company that builds cruisers would build a bike for fast riding .
It would make more sense to build a bike that’s easier to pedal for “ Cruising” .
I realized too, the majority of the folks that buy their bikes aren’t old farts like me .
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I’m surprised that Electra finally went away from the old standby 1 piece crank after all these years. The square taper still should give you a ton of options and I have read you can put an 8 speed freewheel on the original wheel. You may need to add a spacer/washer to give it that touch of clearance. I did see an 11-32 8spd on amazon for about $30.

I wasn’t a fan of the grip shifter on my 7D and put a Shimano Rapid-fire trigger on it a long with Shimano levers. I thought the stock levers felt sloppy and rattled.

Like you my knees are in rough shape and the low 1st gear makes any of the hills easier. I can spin…I just cant crank. I have the 11-34 on mine but anymore really don’t need to go as low as 11. The jump from 34 to 24 is a bit long and if I could find a better spaced freewheel that would be an improvement.

Either way enjoy the 7D I’ve really like mine, they are great riding bikes.
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Iím surprised that Electra finally went away from the old standby 1 piece crank after all these years. The square taper still should give you a ton of options and I have read you can put an 8 speed freewheel on the original wheel.
While much of Electra's line do have one-piece cranks, I think the Townie series has always used a threaded standard 1.37 68 mm bottom bracket. My wife's 2004 3-speed Townie has a threaded BB shell, as I changed the crank to a 32 front (originally 44) and the rear to a narrow Nexus 7 (she wanted 7 speeds, but the bike HAD to be red, so it was time to swap cranks and build wheels to make wife happy.)
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The Electra's are nice, I love my e-version,such a smooth ride.
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I borrowed a set of square taper cranks off a build I put together last year and swapped them out .
For now I went with a 30 tooth chainring.
I know you guys are thinking this is way too low , but my knees need it .
And now I can utilize the full 14-34 freewheel.
The 30x34 combo allows me to spin up the biggest hills at round 5 mph . That’s fast enough for me . I’m not in a hurry to get anywhere .
I haven’t ridden in a week because the knees started bothering me ?
I’m hoping to get to where I can take leisurely rides around the neighborhood again .
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Originally Posted by OldCruiser View Post
For now I went with a 30 tooth chainring. I know you guys are thinking this is way too low , but my knees need it .
I get it 100% I used to love going fast, I think thatís the inner 12yo in us all, but the gearing especially the low gearing is what allows me to ride on anything but the flats since my joints have gotten as a bad as they are.

On my fat bike my average speed is in the 5-7 mph range but it will go almost anywhere at 5mph. The Cruiser is a little faster but Iím not in any hurry to get anywhere its all about the ride.
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I thought that the Electra Townie was the only forward pedal bike from Electra.
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I thought that the Electra Townie was the only forward pedal bike from Electra.
all Electras have varying degrees of pedal forward technology.
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