Photo by David Niddrie
Breezer Uptown InfinityBreezer Uptown Infinity
Reviewed by Sarah Ripplinger
Price: $1,269 USD; $1,619 CAD
Find it at breezerbikes.com
The Breezer Uptown Infinity comes equipped with many built-in features, such as front and rear fenders, a rear rack with spring-loaded clip, a kickstand, a bell and a chainguard. This low-maintenance aluminum frame bike with 26-inch wheels also has a Nuvinci N360 Infinity Drive twist-shifter and Busch & Muller dynamo headlight and taillight.
The Uptown Infinity has been my everyday city bike for the past six months. It has stood up to my eight-mile (13-kilometer) commute, as well as frequent trips on bus racks, elevators and light rail lines. The N360 internal gearing system uses ball bearings to provide a smooth transition between gears - even when the bike is stationary - so I haven't had to worry about skipping gears. The Breezer Comfort Saddle lives up to its name and the Open End Ergonomic Kraton rubber grips and upright riding position reduced the pressure on my shoulders and wrists.
I don't really use the Axa Solid Ring Lock, which basically locks the rear wheel to the frame, and did find the locking mechanism somewhat stiff.
I have received compliments about my bike from such a broad range of individuals (young ladies to older men), that I donít think you can pigeonhole this bike. Itís a great commuter for anyone.
As far as city bikes go, it's hard to beat the features and functionality of the Uptown Infinity; it's a well-equipped and comfortable ride.