11 December 2007

Breezer Uptown 8 chaincase update

Posted by todd under: Breezer Uptown 8; My bikes .

Breezer chainguardBreezer full chaincaseUnfortunately, the full chaincase now available on the Breezer Uptown 8 won’t work (at least very well) on the older model. A full chaincase is a great feature, because it protects the entire chain from water and grime while keeping the chain away from your clothes. It’s a common feature on European bikes, but it’s rare in the United States.

Breezer started putting the full chaincase on this year’s models, and I had hoped to get one for mine. (The picture of the full chaincase, left, is from Breezer’s Web site; the picture on the right is my bike.)

Here’s the news straight from the company:

Hello,

Thank you for checking in with us and for riding a Breezer. However,
I’m sorry to inform you that your Uptown does not accommodate the new
chain case. The new models with the chain case have special attachment
points built onto the frame for the chain case that your bike is
missing. So as I have done before, the best I can do is suggest that if
you really want a chain case you find a friend or family member who you
can gift your current Breezer to before buying a new one :). This has
actually been done before.

Thanks again for checking in,

Mitch @ Breezer

Too bad! Hmm. I guess I could try drilling the holes myself …

[[Find more information about the Breezer Uptown 8, including a ride report and more about the bike’s features and benefits.]]

3 Comments so far...

doc Says:

11 December 2007 at 10:13 am.

I would not recommend drilling into the frame because of potential damage and oxidation issues, but it may be possible to either obtain or fabricate clamps for your frame that you could attach the chaincase to. You could try your LBS, or another place I would look is Velo Orange. Chris is big on the retro look and chain guards for his francophile bikes.

Joe M Says:

11 December 2007 at 11:38 am.

I wouldn’t give up so easily, either. Keep in mind Joe Breeze built these bikes to be maintainence-light and suitable for the ham-handed among us. Of course the factory is going to say it can’t easily be done. Just take that as a challenge!

I would order a full chain case, anyway, and I’d bet you could jury-rig an attachment setup. I wouldn’t drill the frame, either (though it is aluminum and if you sealed the holes with silicone, you’d probably cover the oxidation problem; keep the holes small (less than 1/4″ to not compromise strength, either) but some combination of clamps, nylon tie-straps, and perhaps hose clamps would probably do the trick.

Good luck!

Joe M.

Joe, thanks, there is a little more information on this coming from Joe himself in a post tomorrow that makes me reluctant to try this, although I am sure it can be done with enough want-to & elbow grease. -6-

Teri Ashley Says:

30 July 2008 at 8:06 pm.

Greasing the “New” Uptown 8 Chain??

I’m FINALLY retiring my ’72 Schwinn Suburban 5 speed (having completely worn out sprockets & chain) & so am in the market for a replacement commuter bike.

After reading LOTS of web reviews (MANY thanks to the 6-Miler) I put my money down & ordered an Uptown Classic yesterday, only to learn today that they’re no longer available from Breezer :(

I’m sold on the 8th gear & hub-driven lights, & like the idea of the Senso auto switch, therefore prefer the Uptown to the Villager BUT AM CONCERNED about dis-ease of lubing the chain with a full chaincase rather than the chain guard that leaves the chain partially exposed.

The sales literature mentions an “access panel” in the new chaincase. Can anyone tell me how accessible the chain is?? Am I going to regret the upgrade from a Villager everytime I need to grease the chain??

Many thanks for your insights!!
Teri

Teri, I have not seen the full chaincase in person. I forwarded your question to Joe Breeze, owner of Breezer Bicycles, and here is his response: “As you know, the big plus of the chaincase is reduced maintenance. Yes, it protects clothing from the chain much better than a chainguard, but a clean chain was what I was looking forward to most. The chain on the Classic Uptown8 still gets grimy.

I’ve seen hammered bikes from the 1950s with chains that have been sequestered away in chaincases. They are like new! I don’t think anyone ever found the “access panel.”

But the Breezer chaincase does have an access panel, and it’s relatively convenient to remove. This rear-quarter panel can removed by removing just two screws.”

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