On the Townie more

April 29, 2010

Been riding the Townie a bit more lately. I had been going out several times a week for faster, harder-workout ride, on my Fuji road bike.

However, I think I’ve been overdoing it. I practice aikido 3 times a week, and frankly the heavy exercise on the non-aikido days was wearing me out.  So lately I’ve been jumping on the Townie in the evenings and going for short rides instead. Still covering 10 miles pretty much every time, but at a slower pace. Not feeling so tired all the time now.

Indy By the Pond

April 18, 2010

Indy By the Pond

Originally uploaded by normbilt

The Electra Indy isn’t on their website yet. You have to download the catalog, which contains all the other 2010 models. Some really great looking bikes.

Yesterday I friend of mine got on my Townie 21 and rode it around — returned with a huge smile on his face. The bike has that effect on people.

It’s so tempting to get a cruiser too — but I have 5 bikes. Really, the Townie 21 is very practical for me. If I could find one of the cruiser Electra 3 speeds for about $250, I think I’d buy it though. Just sell one of my other bikes. It would be fun to ride around.

Cool front rack

April 17, 2010

Holiday White 001

Originally uploaded by normbilt

Love the front rack on this bike. And man – what a cool looking bike. Actually, if you look through the flickr group, every single bike in there is awesome looking.

I rode my Townie 21 up the Richardson Bike Mart today, and was checking out some of the new Electras. There are some really nice colors out this year, especially for the Townies.

Riding for Root Beer

April 16, 2010

I’ll be posting various versions of this article on several blogs. God, I love this whole blogging addiction thing.

OK, I went for a casual Richardson ride tonight. Rather than my usual 18 mile ride on the Fuji, I decided to go toodle around on the Townie. Just kinda giving my legs a rest. Feel like I’ve been blowing them out a bit.

Anyway, I rode from my house down to Richardson Heights Shopping Center, after a brief stop at the old Methodist church/current Buddhist temple/organization, where I did a little deep breathing-meditation in their garden.

I rode around the shopping center parking lot for a while and took this picture of what for many years was the JC Penney store. Man, this place has been empty for a long time, which is a bummer. Most of the other spaces in the shopping center are occupied, which is great. My family used to shop here a lot, and I got many winter coats at the Penney store. This was before nearly all the big stores had moved to malls. Things were better. Malls have ruined so much. They suck..

OK, enough nostalgia. Let move on — there is more excitement to come!

Curbs and junk present no challenge for the Townie 21. It glides over everything without even bumping you out of the saddle. I rode over this without even pulling up on the bars.

I proceeded in an easterlyish direction, under Central Expressway, and moved into glamorous downtown Richardson. I rode around a bit, checking out the activity in local businesses. It’s pretty amazing what kind of small businesses you discover if you’re just farting around on a bike. I knew there were some hookah shops and bars, down there. I discovered a custom plus-sized dress shop, a hip-hop clothing company, etc.

But since this was a leisurely ride, I decided I had exerted myself a little too much. Refreshment was required, and what better place to obtain them than Dell’s Hamburgers, on Polk Street. I locked the Townie up (I just realized I need to come up with a cool name for the Townie, kinda like the Bike Snob has his cool name for his bike), and entered the establishment, and ordered up one of their awesome homemade root beers. Aaaaaah…muy delicioso!

Overall, it was a nice 45 minutes on the much beloved Townie 21. Rock on, Electra riders.


April 14, 2010

Thanks to Electra bikes for putting up a post on their Facebook page about this blog! Today this site got the most hits ever. Sure — only 116 — but a lot for this site!


April 5, 2010


Originally uploaded by Rockies

Another cool bike from the Flickr group, rigged all proper for carrying stuff. Love working bikes.

April 4, 2010

Me and my Townie, at the Spring Valley DART station.

Took a Townie ride over to the light rail station (with a stop off for Pizza), down to Mockingbird Station, down the Katy Trail to Downtown, over to Deep Ellum for the Arts Festival, and back. Got 18 miles of Townie riding. Saw some cool art.

Good ride.

I’m thinking I will make two mods to the Townie 21. Some 1.5″ tires that are higher pressure and thus faster, and a nicer, harder, better-shaped saddle. The stock saddle is just so squishy — after about 13 miles it just feels terrible. Maybe a nice Brooks? Not sure. Need to look.