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Electra Townie Original 21D
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Electra

Townie Original 21D
2014

$559.99
Gloss White
Product Rating
 
5.0 stars
 (16 Reviews)
 

2014 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.

Features and Information

 
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

(based on 16 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable  (10)
  • Lightweight  (9)
  • Comfortable  (7)
  • Versatile  (6)
  • Stylish  (5)

Cons

  • Heavy  (2)
  • Not really A flat-foot 
  • Price 
  • Seat 
  • Color 

Best Uses

  • Commuting/city  (9)
  • Commuting  (4)
  • Road biking  (4)
  • Leisurely Rides  (4)
  • Light Trails  (4)

Reviewed by 16 customers

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5.0

Very Comfortable and Versatile Bike

By Aubieone

from Birmingham, AL.

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Versatile
  • Lightweight
  • Durable

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Touring
  • Fitness
  • Commuting/City

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

Verified Reviewer

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

Verified Reviewer

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

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Seat
    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Commuting/City
    • Cruising

    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

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Riding Position
    • Easy On Back

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Road Biking
      • Commuting/City
      • Gravel paths

      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

      • Comfortable Easy Riding
      • Durable
      • Versatile
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Road Biking
      • Commuting/City

      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
      • Durable
      • Comfort Looks Quality
      • 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

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Easy to use

        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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        5.0

        Rode one briefly in Minaqua, WI

        By riversailor

        from Sturgeon Bay, WI

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Full Leg Extension
        • Safety
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Price

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City

        Comments:

        I just felt so so much safer as with my old bike I had fallen many times when coming to a stop. When I lowered the seat on my old bike I felt safer, but my legs did not extend fully so the legs became tired very fast. I am 72 this month.

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        5.0

        comfortable, fast, and fun

        By cabopc

        from Fort Myers, FL

        About Me

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments:

              The Townie is a very different type of bike. It's designed so that you're seated in a more relaxed and kicked back position. On most bikes you are pushing the pedals straight down but on the Townie you push the pedals forward more than pushing down. It's somewhat like what you'd be doing on a recumbent bike. What all this gives you is a very comfortable bike. There's almost no strain on your arms, neck, shoulders or back. The tires and front shocks add to the smooth ride. However, this bike has 21 speeds so it's also designed to go pretty fast, especially for a cruiser. I've gotten mine up to 22 mph although I usually ride at 13 mph. I only have 1000 miles on this bike but so far it's held up great. I did have one flat tire (probably a pinch flat) possibly due to me taking a high curb at a fast speed. The bike is lighter than you'd think. I can easily lift it up to put in the back of my truck or on my maintenance stand. Also, I think the aesthetics are awesome. Townies are just really cool looking bikes. This bike has changed my life, because of it I've really taken to cycling and have increased my fitness. My wife liked mine so much that she bought one too. If you're looking for a comfortable bike that you can use for fitness and rides that are usually 20 miles or less then this would be a great bike for you.

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