Even with the handcrafted, butted aluminum frame it still weighs in at 29 pounds. Hefty compared to my 17-pound Felt Z5 road bike. Still, a few reasons below for why I chose this bike over other commuter/touring bicycles and why I "needed" another bike ;-):
- Purpose: For commuting and running errands as opposed to flying fast on weekend rides
- Style: I love the way it looks. The style is more relaxed as opposed to my racy road bike.
- Attire: I can wear nearly anything such as semi-professional attire and ride it instead of needing to get into a cycling kit and then change upon arriving at the office.
- Comfort: I can sit in a more upright and comfortable position on the relaxed touring geometry frame instead of being hunched over on my road bike.
- Utilitarian: It has a lightweight polished alloy rear rack on which I can hang panniers. I no longer need to carry a backpack and the weight of it on my back because my road bike doesn't have a rear rack. It also has fenders over the front and rear wheel to keep mud, water and road debris from splashing off my wheels onto me.
- Tires: The 700c are faster-rolling road tires just like those on my road bike.
- Gears: The Shimano 20-speed gearing can handle most of the hills in Reno-Sparks. It is rare to find a flat stretch of road for any length of distance around this town.
That said, it does not come with a kickstand or have a chainguard to protect the legs of my pants from getting snagged by the chain rings or getting grease on them. Since this bike has a derailer for shifting gears, the chainguard would interfere with the derailer when it shifts the chain between chain rings. Therefore, I will need to wear tights, boots, a skirt or anything that wouldn't snag or drag...or I can wear a strap around the bottom of my slacks to keep my pant legs from flopping around.
Also, I stuck with the platform pedals which means I am free from clipless pedals and needing to wear special cycling shoes to ride this bike. There are pros and cons which I can discuss in another post.
Bottom line. I love this Electra Ticino and it works great for me!!
|BUTTED 6061 ALUMINUM FRAMESET|
|Brass bell gift from my husband.|
|HAND-BRAZED CHROMOLY QUILL STEM|
|FORGED ALLOY COMPACT DOUBLE 50/39T CRANKSET|
|TAPERED-LEG CHROMOLY FORK|
|Hand-stiched leather saddle|
|Hammered fender has leather spacers between the rack support to cushion potential rattling.|
|Hammered Alloy Fenders|
|Rear rack with one of my panniers hung on it.|