I bought this bike a few weeks ago after waiting 7 years to find a bike I could step through so that I could sit on the seat and still have my feet on the ground. It is a breeze to ride and so comfortable. No backaches!
I rode my boyfriend's men's Electra Townie the other day and fell in love! I went right out the next day and bought myself a women's one! It's a gorgeous bike to look at and SO comfortable to ride. We went on a 12 mile ride and I wasn't even sore the next day. If you're looking for a bike to ride around town then I would definitely recommend this one. Super smooth when climbing hills in first gear too. Love it!
A nice complement to my mountain bike for rides around town, to the store, along dirt paths. Super Cool too.
Based on the positive comments of several friends, I boght my first Townie (original 21D) two years ago. When it came time to replace my other bike (I usually have 2-3 at a time since I don't drive & bike everywhere instead), I knew I wanted another Townie & went with the 7D this time. So far I have used it for my 15 mile RT bike commute, and shorter trips like grocery shopping & had a great ride every time. Since I will be using it for shorter rides, shopping, etc. It is a tiny bit more of a bumpy ride since it doesn't have suspension like my other bike does, but it is not enought to detract from the ride at all. On days when my back is bothering me I really appreciate the step-through ability. One suggestion check around the various REI stores to get the color you want. The store I went to only had 3 or 4 colors. I did appreciate theat they were willing to have me order a different color & would put it together for me upon arrival at the store. But of course I wanted one right away! There are so many other fun colors outt here, though....I may need to buy another one!
This bike is the answer for those who want to ride but have back and knee problems. Easy to step through and very comfortable.
we just ride on the weekends. The bike is comfortable,built well, and comfortable to ride
My husband bought this bike for me as a gift. It is super smooth to pedal and easy to maneuver. Handles, break wire, the paint and the color combination is fun. Height wise, it is perfect since I stand 4'11. I also bought a basket for my stuff to put in. I already ride with my friend for about 6 miles and this bike never give me any sign of trouble on that day. I'm loving it for sure.
This is, by far, the best bike I've ever owned! I absolutely love it! I glides so effortlessly, it truely is a pleasure to ride!
Smooth and comfortable ride. Makes my 2 miles commute from home to work a pleasant experience. So far, no complaints; satisfied & enjoying...
I was having a hard time keeping up with my fellow bikers until the Townie. It is so easy to pedal. I love the 7 gears, not too many and not too few. The seat is so comfortable that I don't need to wear my padded shorts. My old bike hurt my neck and shoulders, the Townie does not. I LOVE MY NEW BIKE!!!
Bought for my wife in her sixties. She has found it easy to ride, especially getting on and off.
I'm not a strong rider, but this bike makes it so very easy.
either i just can't change my muscle memory (from biking forever as a kid) or I am just clumsy as I'm older now, but the pedal system isn't super ideal for standing up and pedalling up a hill. on flat no grade areas, it's awesome as a cruiser. I find it difficult to get off and then walk the heavy bike up the hill (since I can't stand up and pedal right). still working on it, but this did make me second guess my purchase. I didn't return it as overall the bike is super chill to ride and so much better than my replaced bike. (not an electra)
This is the best bike I've ever had. I'm an older female who hasn't ridden in awhile and this bike was comfortable the minute I sat on it. I will have no need for another bike, I have my bike for life. : )
This bike is NOT lightweight. Have a talk with you back before you purchase it. Preferably sitting down. Lead sled at 35 lbs. If you're rolling it into your garage or shed you're probably ok. But not up stairs into the house. The lightest weight electric battery powered bike is 34 lbs. selling at $5,000. But the Townie is a human powered bike with NO built in geared rear hub. Yep, it comes with a rear derailleur. So where's the weight? Try to figure that one out. It's supposed to have an aluminum frame. So where's the weight. Some will tell you that cruiser bike seats weigh in at 3 lbs. but still where is the weight on the Townie. When you lift it up you know that weight, all 35 lbs of it, is there.
Love my new Townie Bike. So comfy and easy to ride. I am all over town with the wind in my face and a big smile full of bugs. Having the time of my life, watch out here I come!
I had a stroke a few years ago and just couldn't balance well on my old bike, plus it was bad for my neck. My Townie is a dream! The upright position is so helpful and my local bike shop added a new piece to the handlebars to put them even closer to me so I can sit up even straighter. My husband wove a skirt guard after an unfortunate incident involving a long flowing skirt. It's a really cute bike, sturdy enough that I've been riding it to work for a couple years now and only the seat shows any effects of being stored outside (we don't have a garage). I highly recommend adding your own skirt guard if you wear skirts because with it being step- through, with the addition of a skirt guard you can ride while wearing just about anything. I have a garter with a magnet to hold shorter skirts in place. This bike has made it easy for me to stay active!
I just bought two bikes for my husband and I , we thought this is a great idea for us to do something together .... my husband especially likes the bike cause it's light to pedal when you needed to switch gear going up hill , also the seat are comfortable .I'm 5'1 but still comfortable , I also liked the fact that it comes in several colors .
Love my bike,nice looking and feels great,and best ever
I am really enjoying riding around my Age 55 Up neighborhood on my new Townie bike. It is so much easier to ride on our low hills with the speed shift changes than my old one speed coaster brake bike. The staff at REI has been so helpful. They even showed me how to easily remove the front wheel to make putting the bike in my car easier so I can take it to parks and trails for more riding adventures.
The Electra Townie itself is a general purpose bike which aims at the around town on road leisurely bike riding market. It hits the mark squarely. Not a performance bike, not a mountain bike- but for what it does it's close to ideal. As delivered (assembled at the REI store) it came with both the front and rear brakes badly out of adjustment. The cable adjusters were screwed out to the limits and even so the brakes barely applied; both handles bottomed out on the handlebar with very moderate pressure. The centering springs were also misadjusted so that the calipers were way off center. Easily fixed by my husband who is mechanically apt but I would have had to load it back in the car and return it for work. Other than that, the bike itself it just fine.
The Townie 7D is the perfect bike for cruising on the street or pathways in fairly flat areas. But with the 7 gears you can make hills well too! I’m a over 65yrs woman who enjoys biking & this Electra Flat Foot Technology is very comfortable on the back & knees. Plus, it makes me feel so stable on stops to be able to plant feet flat on ground...not tip toes! Riding a bike is such a fun, freeing feeling at any age! Love my classy Icy Blue Electra townie 7D bike!!!
Best bike due to medical reasons and bad knees traded out seat as a smaller seat is better for longer rides 10-25 miles
I bought this for my Fiance for her birthday to replace an older bike. The difference is night and day. She loves riding now more than before, and the bike looks great, rides nicely and is very comfortable.
My Grandaughter bikes to school whenever possible. Now her Mom and brother come also on this new bike and kid seat that rides on the top tube & is attached to handlebar stem. Dad rides along on his own bike and new REI helmet. They repeat the ride the other direction after school. This is a PERFECT family "bonding" + exercise + not using gasoline event which can be repeated often. REI has the breadth and quality of offerings that make them the perfect place for us to shop
I just got my Townie bike and I love it. I biked 13 miles today with a baby seat on the back and it was so much fun! Great bike.
I actually planned on buying another Trek hybrid and rode the Verve. My current bike didn't feel safe and did not have the step-through option, so it was suggested that I try the Townie 7D. Never thought I would like a bike like this. After I got used to the higher handlebars (at first they seemed "loose" to me) I absolutely loved that the pedals are more out in front. I wondered if I would have trouble on hills with only 7 gears, but I was able to ride so smoothly and shift easily. Before I would stand up on many hills, which I don't think I could on this bike. I like to ride trails and country roads, and I don't have to work as hard as I used to with my more "athletic" hybrid. I absolutely love this bike- bought it in rose gold.
I haven’t had or riden a bike in years, but I found myself in need of a bike. This bike is so comfortable to ride and easy to handle. It’s pretty light for a cruiser and it’s adorable. If you’re on the fence, do it! You will not regret getting this bike.
Bought this townie for my girlfriend and she loves it. Very smooth ride and switching gears is a breeze. It is comfortable for that morning ride or afternoon ride. Perfect bike for the price.
Bought this as a surprise for out daughters 30th! She LOVES everything about it...especially that you sit up straight !! She loves Vintage/Retro too. PERFECT BIKE
I am quite happy with the bikes performance, feel, and handling. The best thing about it is the that when I see it the fun colors I am motivated to hop on and ride.
A super smooth ride and my usually aching back doesn't ache. I love how it positions you over the seat, and having 7 speeds is perfect for my rides to and from work and on the beach path. Love it!
Love my Townie Bike. It's my scoot around town bike. I was looking for a bike that would allow me to comfortably put my feet down when stopped. The seat is comfortable and the distance to handle bars provides an upright feel. I wish I would have gotten it years ago.
I just bought my bike today...and already I love it....my old bike hurt my body to ride and I would only go once around the RV park...today I went twice and could have gone another round....so comfortable that I don't even want to get of it...
Most comfortable bike I've ever owned. My friends and I had rented one and loved it, so I bought the exact same model and color. The pedals are set more forward than a conventional bike and makes the saddle much more comfortable.
I love my new bike, it's rides like a dream! It makes me feel like a kid again! If you're looking to find a bike that is a comfortable ride, beautiful appearance, great quality, this is the bike for you!
Very comfortable .Bought it for my wife and she loves it. Easy to ride around on paved roads.
Great bike. Enjoy the easy ride! Would recommend to others.
Flatfoot technology is perfect. You don’t have to mount your bike like a Pony Express Rider! 7 speed gearing is perfect! Gears 4/5/6 are just right for cruising around TOWNIE. (Pun intended) excellent addition to my other Bikes!
Just began riding yesterday so I can't give a total opinion yet. But yesterday's ride was terrific.
I used to ride a mountain bike but got to the point (age) where riding hunched over handle bars lost its appeal. After some online research I decided to test ride an Electra Townie 7D and am so glad I did!
The electronics went out within a month on ours. Had it repaired at the store but then they went out again. The derailer is bad, kickstand bends super easy, brakes need to be adjusted every month. Nothing on it seems to work anymore.
This was purchased as a gift for my teen daughter. I took it for a spin before her and it is by far the comfiest bike I’ve ever ridden. Love it!