What the heck is a Toaster Bike?

By Maurice Tierney

Our mission as we have chosen to accept it is to get more people on bikes. Make it easy as pie to bring the bike into your everyday life. Wait, who said pie was easy? I mean the crust alone can be considered an art form. We need it to be easier than that. Like ahhh, mmm, hmmmm…. Toast! Easy as making toast. Yea, that’s the ticket! With toast you drop in the bread, push down the lever and you’re good to go. All you need to do is decide which direction to head. Butter? Marmalade? Why can’t bikes be that easy?

In my review in Bicycle Times #12, I call the Breezer Uptown Infinity a “Toaster Bike”. I say this because it is designed to make it as easy as possible to ride your bike for everyday purposes. Step onto bike, push pedal down and go! All you have to decide is where the bike will take you. The possibilities are endless!

Lights, fenders, a chain cover, rack, bell. Solid wheels, a comfy position, and of course the infinitly variable NuVinci transmission all together make the Breezer a Breeze!

What else do you need? The conversation could be endless as well, and I’d like to see it happen here on this web site after you read the review in the print magazine.

For example, I myself have been enjoying the benefits of an easy-to-ride infrastructure outside the door of our new west coast office where these photos were taken, Emeryville, across the bay from San Francisco, California.

Fairly flat, bike Lanes, bicycle paths, bikes on busses, it is all-good. But let’s discuss. I know there’s a need for infrastructure to fill in the gaps, how do we get there?



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