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    Ellsworth Ride?

    What do you all think of this? Looks functional and different. Some here at work has one in black.

    http://www.ellsworthbikes.com/bikes/rides/the-ride-ii/

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    $1295 for a bike that is all about style?!?

    Sure, go for it!

    BTW just try pushing hard on pedals set so far in front of the seat (but don't try standing or you will knock your shins on the handlebars.
    Quote Originally Posted by the_dude
    these are better than i was expecting, and my expectations were already rather high.

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    It looks like the seat tube, seat post, and seat were all afterthoughts.
    Like they let some kid pin it on with a blindfold.
    I wonder when you lower the seat if the seat tube sticks out into the space they are trying to leave open? Or do you just have to whittle away at your seat post to keep those clean lines?

    I do like the idea of a fully integrated rear fender!

    I'm concerned about weight that rear fender is playing the role of the traditional seat tube and appears to have been made very large along with the stays.
    It looks like they decided to hook the rack to the seat tube so they could pretend the seat tube placement was planned. Maybe that's why the rack also looks like an afterthought.

    When Ellsworth uses words like; "Expanding Universe Geometry" & "Ride fast and easy, and turn heads, all in flip flops." & "You will fall in love on this bike" in their description of the bicycle in question; I lose interest.

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    I'd vote no.
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    Needs a motor.
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    I object. The ride position is awful. Might be acceptable for flat land beer runs, but you can do better for that price. You can get a Surly Big Dummy for a little more and then be able to carry a ton of booze.

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    Like Ellsworth's suspension, it's design is an afterthought.

    Someone you work with has wasted their money. There are plenty of Nexus/Alfine/Rohloff IGH equipped bikes that offer far more practicality, comfort and most importantly value.

    Owning one of those things is like owning a Hummer: Pointless.

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    I like the look of the bike overall. Riding it might be another story. The rear rack has me wondering... From the pic, it looks like the rack sits directly on the rear fender. Unless that fender is made of some seriously strong metal, I'm curious how much weight you can put on the rack before compressing the fender into the rear tire?
    When a cyclist in your area is injured or killed by a motorist, make an extra effort the next day to go for a ride. It doesn't have to be an organized ride, or even a long ride. Hell, ride a 15 minute loop around your neighborhood if you want.

    Just be seen riding your bike.

    Do it to make people aware we're out there. Do it to honor a fellow traveler. Do it because you're lucky enough to still be able to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MB1
    BTW just try pushing hard on pedals set so far in front of the seat (but don't try standing or you will knock your shins on the handlebars.
    I think it's called a semi-recumbent position... touted by Electra bikes and having the one apparent benefit that you can put your foot down flat at a stop while still seated on the saddle. Of all the contradictory bike design choices, that one never rated very high in my book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PdxMark
    I think it's called a semi-recumbent position... touted by Electra bikes and having the one apparent benefit that you can put your foot down flat at a stop while still seated on the saddle. Of all the contradictory bike design choices, that one never rated very high in my book.
    My wife has the Electra Amsterdam with that geomerty. It's great to cruise around on, but not so much if you need to get somewhere in a hurry.
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    Not for me, thanks. I'm sometimes intrigued by cruisers, but not this one.
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    I saw one

    at interbike a few years ago, had a belt drive and the planetary hub (essentially as many microgear changes as one can imagine) shifting was like turning a volume know
    and it was pimp
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