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Old 10-04-06, 05:54 AM
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I have ridden a few 8-speed shafties, as reported previously. Both made by Biomega. I liked 'em.
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Old 10-04-06, 08:09 AM
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if you don't mind a few looks, the electra rat fink is SUPER comfy. My wife and I ride around all day on ours
The fun thing about electra bikes is that all your friends and neighbors will want to ride. We've started a collection just because it gets non bike people on a bike and having fun. In fact it's often hard to get them
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Our neighbors(both non bike people)




More non bike people(except my wife on left) having fun on our bikes

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Old 10-19-06, 12:16 PM
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Here's the Amsterdam.

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Originally Posted by mikdes
Here's the Amsterdam.
Where is the Amsterdam bike besides on the Internet?
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Old 10-19-06, 10:17 PM
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Where is the Amsterdam bike besides on the Internet?
The Electra web site says they will be in stores Dec/Jan.
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Originally Posted by donnamb
The Electra web site says they will be in stores Dec/Jan.
Thanks. Just in time to miss Xmas shopping, brilliant marketing scheme ! I suppose the boat from China got delayed.

Edit for idle speculation: Another reason for the delayed appearance may be to get an even higher margin on a bike that probably sells for an estimated $30 or $40 in China.The distributer may be getting a cheaper shipping rate by waiting until after the shipment of all the consumer goods from China for Xmas sales.

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More non bike people(except my wife on left) having fun on our bikes

Not to hijack the thread... But I'm curious. The guy on the right is carrying a fairly big gun for a neighborhood cruiser ride. Why?
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Old 10-20-06, 09:14 AM
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Originally Posted by ducati
Not to hijack the thread... But I'm curious. The guy on the right is carrying a fairly big gun for a neighborhood cruiser ride. Why?
Most likely because there's a pro photog involved.

http://www.bikerubbish.com/

Fantastic shots Derek!
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Ah, guess I should have followed the link. I've done some study under a locally-famous photojournalistic wedding photog; that's a tough job. Cool.
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While I think the excitement around Townies is great. And that they are a really nice, comfortable neighborhood cruiser. There are other crank forward bikes that lend themselves a bit better to commuting than the Townies. For one thing, using a narrower tire would speed up commuting a bit. And the components on a Townie are towards the low-end.

The OP mentioned the Cannondale Daytripper, which is an example of a higher quality crank forward bike. A less expensive option than the Cannondale that would still be faster than a Townie is the Giant Suede.

Even amongst the "cushie" CFs, when I looked over them I thought the Trek Solo bikes were an upgrade in quality over the Electras.

Another option, that is a "tweener" - not exactly a crank forward but more relaxed than a typical hybrid, is the Specialized Crossroads. The Elite model has very nice Shimano Deore components, Armadillo 700m tires, while still being somewhat laid back with a comfy seat. It looks like it would be a nice comfort commuter bike. And lists at $440. But not nearly so stylish as a Townie.

(edit: I'm referring only to the 2007 Specialized Crossroads. Previous years use a different frame that is more like a traditional hybrid)

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A guy down the road from me has a Suede and LOVES it. He has lost a good amount of weight riding it around. He says it is very comfortable and enjoyable to ride.
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Originally Posted by rigel
'just wondering if any of you bike commuters are using an "Electra Townie" style bike for your commute?...My question is, would this type of bike be a good choice for my 10-km (6+mi one way) commute to work?...
Hi rigel!

I bought a 24 speed Townie at the beginning of 2005, and rode it about 15-20 miles per day, seven days per week. I loved it! It was well-made and comfy. The reason I sold it was because I was constantly pulling back on the handlebars and gave myself tennis elbow! I probably could have trained myself not to do that, but it was easier to just get a bike where I was more leaned forward with the arms in compression rather than in tension.
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My first introduction to the Giant Suede was through an ex-coworker. When he retired he moved to Reno, NV but kept a home in Wisconsin too. He bought two identical Suedes and keeps one at each. Rides on them all the time and loves them.
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