Friday, September 30, 2011

New bikes here at bikes@vienna!

We're carrying the Breezer line of bikes again! For those of you who don't know, Joe Breeze was one of the original California mountain bike guys, bombing down Mt. Tamalpais on battered old Schwinn cruisers. He was one of the first to build from scratch what ultimately became known as "mountain bikes", and started the Breezer company. About a decade ago he decided to branch off in a new direction, focusing his energy on practical bikes for transportation.

We've got several of the Uptown 8 models, part of their "Town Bike" line, which have 26" wheels and the Shimano Nexus 8 speed internally geared rear hub. Among the advantages of an internal hub are low maintenance and ease of use, as well as the ability to change gears when you are stopped. This comes in handy if you find yourself stopped and realize you're in too high or low a gear... you can simply click into the gear you want, and you're ready to go! The Uptown comes in a standard "diamond" frame as well as a "low step" frame that makes mounting and dismounting easier.

We also have a Liberty model in the shop as well, which is part of their "Range Bike" series. This bike has 700C wheels, a 27 speed derailleur based drive train, and is suitable for both commuting and longer recreational rides. You could even load it up and take it on a tour if you wanted.

Both the Uptown and Liberty come from the factory equipped with fenders, racks, and a dynamo lighting system, so they are ready to roll as practical transportation. Come on in and try one out sometime!

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