Man: 'Evening, squire!
Squire: (stiffly) Good evening.
M: Is, uh,...Is your wife a "goer", eh? Know whatahmean, know whatahmean, nudge nudge, know whatahmean, say no more?
Squire: I, uh, I beg your pardon?
M: Your, uh, your wife, does she "Go", eh, does she "Go", eh? (wink, wink)
S: (flustered) Well, she sometimes "Goes", yes.
M: Aaaaaaaah bet she does, I bet she does, say no more, say no more, knowwhatahmean, nudge nudge?
S: (confused) I'm afraid I don't quite follow you.
M: (smiling eagerly) Go! The Townie Go! It's an "E-bike", squire, an 'E-bike", uh, you know, all the "craze" with the little motor and batt'ry on the back end there. Nudge, nudge. I be she goes, eh?
S: Yes... she goes.
Our ebike preferences tend to focus on performance over style and comfort. The majority of our ebike customers are in the same camp. We are looking for ebikes to get us out of the car more often, get to where we are going often faster than a car, by bypassing traffic, or skipping public transit and we're looking for all the pluses a bike has to offer (easy parking, low maintenance, weight) with a motor attached. We also want a little exercise and carrying capacity.
So- when we got our first Electra TOWNIE Go we were a little skeptical and we didn't much see the use. The Townie Go is a basic bike. It's a cruiser. It's got one speed and operates by pedal assist only. It's got qualities of a nice cruiser but it's got a motor. With the one speed, it takes a lot of the hard core commuter purpose off the table.
Still, this bike would make a fine anti-commuter bike in the right conditions. Take the beautiful hills of San Francisco for instance. If you love the city, live in the city and ride the city- you likely don't own a beach cruiser. Which sucks, because riding a beach cruiser is fun and relaxing and joyous. Enter the Electra TOWNIE Go, which is kind of a beach cruiser for North Beach, or South Beach, as it were.
The TOWNIE Go, for these uses is a great bike. It's comfortable and simple. It's light weight if you need to lift it. It's easy to maintain. It can take you from you posh Nob Hill apartment to your swank SOMA start-up office in minutes and without breaking a sweat for the ride home. Ride San Francisco as if you were riding Manhattan Beach and why not?
The TOWNIE charges up SF hills with ease and the bike's fat balloon tires cruise right over our crappy roads and MUNI tracks. Ride and go.
In short, the TOWNIE makes the classic beach cruiser a useful bike for San Francisco. I can see plenty of other Northern California lanes and roads where the TOWNIE would be at home where any other cruiser would be out of place.