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Novara Transfer Bike - 2013 $398.83 fs to store @ REI

Cookie21 35,579 July 24, 2013 at 09:16 PM in Sporting Goods More REI Deals
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Last Edited by DeividdoSama July 24, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Novara Transfer Bike - 2013 []

The Transfer is all about getting from Point A to Point B, comfortably, confidently, quickly, with everything you need to get the job done right
Frame offers an easy-mount design with a smooth ride quality; 4130 chromoly steel delivers plenty of strength to support heavy loads and withstand rough roads
Shimano internally geared rear hub is low-maintenance compared to conventional cassette systems and provides 7 smooth-shifting, wide-ranging gears
Using the Shimano Revo twist shifter is intuitively simple, letting you adjust to meet the demands of your ride
Basta headlight is powered by a generator in the front hub and remains on for 4 min. after stopping to ensure your path is lit, even when stopping for lights
Battery-powered taillight provides rear visibility and is motion- and photo-sensitive; battery indicator lets you know when its time to replace the battery
Tektro linear-pull brakes provide comfortable braking and reliable stopping power
Transfer bike rack is ready for cargo, quickly accepting panniers or trunk bag (sold separately)—great for carrying groceries or work essentials
Puncture-resistant Vittoria Randonneur tires feature reflective sidewalls, sure grip and a fast, smooth ride
Designed for a comfortable, upright ride, our Transfer featuers a plush Velo Transfer saddle, mustache-style handlebar, cork grips and height-adjustable quill stem
Fenders and full-length chain guard keep you and your clothes protected; kickstand makes storage/parking easy and the included bell lets you alert others to your presence
Just get on and ride, no fancy shoes required—platform pedals accommodate a variety of shoes
Specs on our Novara Transfer bike are subject to change

All bicycles sold at REI include a free warranty tune-up. New bikes go through a normal break-in period, after which readjustment is important for longevity and performance. Bring your new bike in to your local REI for its free tune-up within 20 hours of use or 6 months from purchase, whichever comes first. Contact your nearest REI bike shop to schedule this important service.


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If you go to Europe or other bike-centric countries, you see these bikes all the time. People riding them to go to work, for short errands during lunch, loaded up with groceries, all wearing "normal" clothing. The chainguard keeps your pants from getting dirty or stuck in the chain. It's not gonna win you any racing contests, but it's not meant for that. It's heavy cause it'll last you forever.
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Quote from slipshade View Post :
That looks like a great bike for the price. I personally think you will grow out of it within a year if you stick with that commuting schedule, but at that price it will make a great backup bike once you upgrade. Internally geared hub and hub generator alone are pricey. This is OK for a dedicated commuter, not as great for off-road or high speed.

If you have money to burn, the best option for an all-around commuting bike is probably an expensive cyclocross bike. Wide enough wheels to do some moderate off road, can mount racks, and you would likely never need another bike provided you get a good one. Cyclocross bikes are great for both leisure and serious exercise on the weekends, even fast group rides on the road if you get comfortable. You're looking at a minimum of 2x as expensive and more like 5-10x if you want a life-long ride, though. Go titanium frame if you can spend the bucks and aren't worried about theft. Don't go carbon (for a commuter at least).
Great feedback, thank you and repped. I'll look for a deal on a cyclocross bike then (probably a Trek?) - am OK w/ spending more for a better all around bike.
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Quote from ninor View Post :
I was looking into buying performance hybrid bike when 2013 closeouts go on sale around next month and September. I would use performance hybrid for commuting to work sometimes, but mainly for cardio at night or early in the morning before work. Would that be a better option than this bike?
Quote from LuckyatVMI View Post :
Great feedback, thank you and repped. I'll look for a deal on a cyclocross bike then (probably a Trek?) - am OK w/ spending more for a better all around bike.
how much money do you want to spend? here are some good, relatively cheap cyclocross bikes. i think cyclocross would be the closest thing on the market to a performance hybrid. they are designed for high speed off road, and generally come with mounts for a touring rack. i'd go titanium if you can spend at least $1700. i would avoid carbon if used as a commuter. aluminum then steel are good for lower cost options but generally not quite as fun or durable as titanium (though craftsmanship also plays a role, and all metals can be both fun and durable).

here is an awesome option, but you're looking at 3 to 4 thousand for a full bike even if you don't go all out on the components. you can find it cheaper than MSRP on e-bay, but still pricey.
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"REI has settled out of court with several individuals claiming Novara bikes fell apart while they were in use, resulting in serious injuries. KOMO 4 News has reported on these cases."

Interesting.... If true.
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