21 January 2008

Check it out: Overview of 2008 commuter bikes

Posted by todd under: Breezer Uptown 8; Reviews .

It’s here, with photos and an overview of key features. You can also get to the page via the tab under the header at the top of this page. There are a whole lot more choices than there were 5-6 years ago. Some of them look great, and some of them look a little goofy. Still, it’s an encouraging trend.

Please let me know if you know of a bike that could be included but isn’t.

2 Comments so far...

Melissa Says:

18 March 2008 at 11:03 am.

Hello! I’m sending a comment because I can’t find an e-mail address. I’m also in love with the Uptown 8 (the U-frame version). Unfortunately, I’m not sure that I can really afford it, so I’m looking at less expensive options. Do you think that Lexington is too hilly for a three-speed or a seven-speed?

Thanks!

Melissa, Lexington is not too hilly for either a 3- or a 7-speed, in my opinion. In fact, I was riding a bus once with a European (can’t remember which country) who was visiting town, and he could not believe the lack of bicycles on the road. He had tried to rent a bike but couldn’t find a place to do so. He thought the terrain was perfect for cycling: “It is so flat!”

A 7-speed especially would have great gearing for anything you are likely to face pedalling in Lexington. But a 3-speed would do the trick just as well. -6-

Paul Stein Says:

5 February 2009 at 8:01 am.

Comment on Mellisa’s question. I live in Beavercreek, near Dayton, Ohio, recently retired, and bought a Schwinn automatic 3 speed coaster. Hadn’t biked in 45 years. The bike shop told me it was a good bike for flat surfaces. No problem, I said. It’s very flat where I live. Turned out to be a $ 400 mistake. The bike itself is well made. I always thought Dayton was flat, until I purchased my bike. I ride the bike trails, which are fantastic. The 3 speeds kill you on even very modest hills. The coasters are particulary bad, because they shift when they want to, not when you want them do. Within 6 months, I upgraded to a Giant 8 speed internal hub. So beware. What seems flat when driving your car, can be very hilly by bike.

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