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Electra Loft or Breezer Downtown

Old 08-26-16, 08:11 AM
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Electra Loft or Breezer Downtown

I need to buy a new bike, and Iím down to the Electra Loft 7D and the Breezer Downtown EX ST. Iím making myself crazy trying to compare the two, and am finding very little out on the web written in the last 5 years to help. Iím starting to think they arenít even comparable. I know next to nothing about bikes, but want to know enough to be able to make an educated decision.

A little about my bike use: I'm a 30-year-old, fit woman, and I use my bike recreationally and seasonally, a few times a week around my mostly flat neighborhood, up to the beach, out to get ice cream, pick up a few things for dinner. I haul my two-year-old in a trailer often.

Iíve been using a cheapy Walmart 1-speed Schwinn beach cruiser that I purchased when I needed a bike in a hurry last summer that honestly mostly meets my needs. Wears me out, but gets the job done, until I got a flat tire, which I considered a total loss for that bike. Now itís time to invest in one that Iíll be able to love for the next decade or so.

I rode a Townie at my local bike store, and loved how the bike felt. I donít want a beach cruiser style, though. I havenít been able to get on a Loft or a Downtown. (Nowhere around me has the Loft instore, and only one dealer near me carries Breezer, which Iím planning to visit this weekend. I donít believe they have Downtowns in stock, though.) I can get the Breezer $100 off right now, so it has the price advantage ($550 v. $400), but Iíve heard really great things about Electra bikes. But either way, Iím going to be making an expensive purchase mostly blind.

Disclosure: Iíve also seriously considered bikesdirect.comís Windsor Oxford for its features and priceÖ Itís not totally off the table for me, so if anyone has any opinions on that route, please offer them!

Thanks for the advice!
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Old 08-26-16, 02:45 PM
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Bikes direct also has this which looks like the Electra http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/bistro-7v-city-bikes.htm?gclid=CPmdje_4384CFRaSfgodhLEGhQ
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Old 08-26-16, 02:48 PM
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I have a bikes direct mtb. When I was in the store (jax fl) I checked out the Windsor the hike looked pretty good but the saddle looked cheap it would get upgraded to leather
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Old 08-29-16, 09:09 PM
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I'm going to say neither and recommend the Momentum Street. Very similar to the two bikes you posted and in the right price range ($425) but comes with a few extras like an integrated U lock holder and a cup holder. I initially thought it was kind of gimicky, but I rode one and was in love. My husband liked it so much he bought one too. We've both been using them for a few months now and are still impressed. So much about them is so well thought out. Little stuff like just being able to pop the U lock into the top tube is great. The gear range works well for flat areas, even with a load (we often ride with each of us carrying a kid). The included fenders are extremely sturdy, the chain guard works well, and the rear rack is part of the frame, which is sometimes helpful when locking the bike up in weird spots (you can lock through the rack since it cannot be removed from the bike). Momentum is a subbrand of Giant, so I'd contact Giant dealers to try to find one to try out.
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