Day 6 The Dream Cruiser Bike

3/5 (1 Reviews)
MSRP : $899.00

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Day 6 The Dream Aluminum Beach 21 Speed Cruiser

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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by David Wagner a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: February 22, 2013

Strengths:    Upright riding posture eliminates neck stress.

Weaknesses:    Comes with very cheap components. Steering is twitchy. High center of mass reduces stability. Upright riding posture increases shock to pelvis and spine from sharp bumps.

Bottom Line:   
I purchased a Day 6 Dream 21 in February 2012. I have put nearly 1500 miles on it since then, including the MS-150 from Houston to Austin. My former bike was a 1979 Trek 512 touring bike with a Brooks B-17 narrow saddle. I had been happy with the Trek but neck problems forced me to switch to a bike with an upright riding position. The Dream 21 comes with good derailleurs and cheap wheels, cassette, crankset, and chain. I replaced the wheels, cassette, rear derailleur, crankset and chain with:

SRAM X7 Twist shifters
SRAM X7 Rear derailleur
Deore triple crankset
Mavic XM317/ Shimano M590 hubs/DT Swiss spokes
PG950 cassette with 12-26 range
New SRAM chain.

Cost of the upgrades was about $600. This made the bike more fun to ride, and a bit faster. I also put a Vittorio/Geax Streetrunner tire (1-1/4 inch) on the front, and a high-pressure, 1-1/2 inch tire on the rear. I transferred my Bontrager cleated pedals to the new bike, as well.

It's still a heavy bike, the steering is twitchy, and the center of mass with rider is high. I am afraid to cross a bridge on a 3-foot wide sidewalk because one little mistake will dump me into a busy road or throw me over the guard rail into the Braes Bayou below. I never had a problem with this on my old bike. But with the upgrade I am pretty happy with the Day 6. If they could put a suspension seatpost into it, I might like it better.

One comment: The bike is unusual in several ways, but one that stands out is the back rest. Some think of the back rest as a lumbar support but it does not function in that way. It just serves as something to push against while pedaling. You should think of the back rest as a pelvic support and adjust it so that your sitbones are in the right place when your pelvis is against the back rest.

If I knew of a better bike with an upright--not slouching--riding position, I would have tried it. I would really like to have a lower riding position and less twitchy steering, but I would also like to be 30 years younger...

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Favorite Ride:   Chappell Hill to Washington on the Brazos

Price Paid:    $816.00

Purchased At:   Planetary Cycles, Ho

Bike Setup:   SRAM X7 Twist shifters
SRAM X7 Rear derailleur
Deore triple crankset
Mavic XM317/ Shimano M590 hubs/DT Swiss spokes
PG950 cassette with 12-26 range
SRAM chain
Vittorio/Geax Street Runner front tire, rear is 1.5 inch high pressure tire, can't remember brand.

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