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Electra Townie Original 21D
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Electra Townie Original 21D

2016

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2016 Electra Townie Original 21D

Electra's Townie Original 21D is perfect for intrepid travelers desiring the most comfortable way to see the countryside. Electra's awesome Flat Foot Technology lets you put your feet flat on the ground while in the saddle. And, the pedaling is easy with the quick-shifting Shimano 21-speed drivetrain and the plush seat. You'll also love the wide tires and riser handlebar with cushy grips that make cruising super smooth. Plus, the linear-pull brakes make sure you've got the stopping power you need.

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    Specification Description
    Frame Electra 6061-aluminum
    Fork Electra steel
    Rims/Wheels Aluminum
    Hubs Aluminum
    Spokes Stainless-steel, 14g
    Tires Electra semi-slick, 26 x 2.0
    Crankset Aluminum
    Chainrings 48/38/28
    Front Derailleur Shimano
    Rear Derailleur Shimano
    Rear Cogs Shimano, 7-speed: 14-34
    Shifters Shimano E-Z Fire Plus
    Handlebars Aluminum
    Tape/Grips Kraton rubber
    Stem Aluminum
    Brake Levers Aluminum
    Brakes Aluminum linear-pull
    Pedals Resin platform
    Saddle Ergonomic w/Soft Lycra insert and elastomers
    Seatpost Aluminum
    Accessories & Extras Kickstand

    * Subject to change without notice.

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    5.0 stars

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    Pros

    • Durable  (10)
    • Lightweight  (10)
    • Comfortable  (9)
    • Versatile  (6)
    • Stylish  (4)

    Cons

    • Heavy  (2)
    • None  (2)
    • Doesn't rack easily 
    • Seat 
    • Color 

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City  (9)
    • Commuting  (5)
    • Leisurely Rides  (4)
    • Light Trails  (4)
    • Road Biking  (4)

    Reviewed by 18 customers

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    5.0

    Best bike ever!

    By Amy

    from San Jose

    About Me

    Pros

    • Fun
    • Family Friendly
    • Stable
    • Comfortable

    Cons

    • Doesn't Rack Easily

    Best Uses

    • Around Town
    • Paved Trails

    Comments:

    We LOVE our Electra Townie. I ride with my 1 year old daughter in a front mounted Yepp Mini bike seat and we are able to go for many miles happily and comfortably. We ride everywhere now!

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    5.0

    Fantastic bike

    By Katie

    from Denver, CO

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Comfortable
    • Fun to ride
    • Lightweight
    • Handles Well

    Cons

    • Limited Colors
    • No Front Shock

    Best Uses

    • Anything
    • Commuting

    Comments:

    When I first test rode a Townie, I couldn't tell if I loved it or hated it. I now know I loved it. The ride and dynamic of this cycle is different from a traditional bike. I can tell that it works different muscles than I was used to. My husband and I use our Townie's to ride for exercise and to get places. My only complaint is I wish it came in some of the cool designs other Electra bikes have but that is minor. One of the few challenges we have noticed with the bike is that the flat foot technology does make the whole bike a bit longer than a traditional bike. We only noticed this when we loaded the bike onto our local bus's bike carrier which made us worry that it wouldn't travel securely. It has not had any problems, just the noticeable length. Love the bike! I want to ride it everywhere.

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    5.0

    Very Comfortable and Versatile Bike

    By Aubieone

    from Birmingham, AL.

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Versatile
    • Comfortable
    • Durable

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Touring
    • Commuting/City
    • Fitness

    Comments:

    I have been riding off and on for about 24 years. I ride now for fun, fitness, and leisure. This is an excellent bike for this. When I have my endurance built back up I plan on doing some touring with the bike. I believe it will handle this just fine. I really am happy with my purchase.

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    5.0

    Love it.

    By Fran

    from Muncie, in

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Durable

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Road Biking
    • Commuting/City

    Comments:

    Bought this bike Spring '13 and wasn't all that sold on it. Once I got used to it, couldn't get off it. Thought about riding everyday! Farthest I rode was 35 miles and even topped 15mph a few times. 45 degree weather and was on it. Neighbor said "You're not giving up that bike." Nope. Put black leather streamers, rack & bag and get a lot of compliments and questions. Did I mention, I love it!

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    5.0

    Best Of The Best

    By Marvin

    from Marysville, CA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • EASY TO RIDE
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Bike Riding

      Comments:

      I can get on and off without swinging my leg over the seat. I'm in my 70's and would just about have to quit riding if I hadn't found this bike with flat foot technology.

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      5.0

      A very comfortable, stylish bike

      By neer-do-well

      from Louisville, Kentucky

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Upright Position
      • Front suspension
      • Cables Routed Inside Fram
      • Durable
      • Stylish
      • Kickstand

      Cons

      • Seat
      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Cruising
      • Commuting/City

      Comments:

      I have had a Trek 7300 for 14 years and have only ridden occasionally because it was hard on my back to be bent over to hold the handlebars, and my hands became numb often. I really like the upright riding posture that this bike features, it makes it a real pleasure to ride. I also liked the styling of this bike. After a couple hours of riding, my behind was a bit sore, but my salesman said that will become less of a problem as I ride more often, and bike shorts will also help. He said the stock seat is actually one of the more comfortable seats. The gears, brakes, and controls work great, but I wish there was a consistency between the front and rear gear controls; for the rear sprocket, you press the control on the right nearest you for easier pedaling, but the front gear control is just the opposite. I guess I'll get used to that, it seems to be the standard. The bike requires some effort to hoist and hang in my garage, I guess it's due to those big tires, but they do give a comfortable ride. All in all, I think this is a great bike and it will give me many years of comfortable riding.

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      5.0

      Killer Commuter Bike

      By msuho

      from Mishawaka, Indiana

      About Me Commuter

      Pros

      • Good Riding Position
      • Easy On Back
      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gravel paths
        • Commuting/City
        • Road Biking

        Comments:

        I've used my Townie 21D for commuting to work (6 miles one way) for the last 2 years, April-October. I think it's a fabulous commuting bike. The upright position doesn't lock your head between your shoulders, giving you a wide field of view. The frame geometry lets you stand flat-footed a stoplights and what-have-you. The 2 inch tires will deal with curb jumping and gravel burms. The click shifting requires no attention.I have a townie rack which I use with 2 different Axiom commuter bags, an Electra Headlight, and a post-mounted rear light.My only regret is not getting a Townie with Fenders. My 21D has front shocks, and the after-market Electra fenders don't fit on this. My local bike shop here in Indiana (was able to find a Clip-on BMX style front Fender, which helps a lot in wet weather.Commuting aside, I'm 52, 6'0" and have a bad lumbar disk. Electras have saved my back.

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        5.0

        "I would by this bike again"

        By Vonspaten

        from Pleasant Hill Ca.

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Versatile
        • Comfortable Easy Riding
        • Durable

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City
        • Road Biking

        Comments:

        I got this bike for exercise and couldn't believe how comfortable it was,went on a bike ride with my son for a 2 mile run and I haven't rode a bike in over 2 years and when I got back I couldn't believe how I felt I'm 50 and I felt fine the ease of riding this bike speaks for it self I would recommend this bike especially if you have knee problems I'm 6'3"and 340 lbs and this bike rides great went out and bought one for the wife.

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        5.0

        Great bike for big guys!

        By JAR

        from Leander Tx.

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Comfort Looks Quality
        • Durable
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting/City
          • Road Biking

          Comments:

          I'm 6'3" tall and 300lbs. This bike made me feel like a kid again! I have plenty of room, nice big comfortable seat and was impressed with the overall quality.Even though it's very comfortable and fun to ride you still get a great workout which is why i bought it. The syling of the Electra bikes is really what caught my eye.

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          4.0

          Great for casual riding

          By brad

          from st louis, mo

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Easy to use
          • Comfortable

          Cons

          • Not Really A Flat-foot

          Best Uses

          • Casual riding
          • Commuting

          Comments:

          No strain on the hands, and with the right saddle, not so bad on the backside. I can't put both feet down flat at stops. Usually one foot flat and one foot on the crank.

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