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Questions about modifying an Electra Townie 7D Bike

I'm interested in an Electra Townie 7D. Is it possible to have the shifter positioned on the left as well as a dual pull brake lever mounted on the left? I have no right hand.

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Hello there @pboggs!

Thanks for reaching out to the Community!  I’ll start by saying that I absolutely love the Electra Townie 7D. What a fun bike to cruise around on!

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Hi @pboggs!

Thanks for the great question!

Yes! This is totally possible! The easiest way will be to mount a Sram 7-speed grip shifter on to the left side and connect it to the rear derailleur, along with a dual-pull brake lever. 

This is something that you can do at home if you're comfortable making all the adjustments yourself, but the Technicians at your local REI Co-op will be happy to do this for you once our shops have re-opened for service.

Please reach out to our Cycling Support team at! We can get you connected with the service department at your local REI Co-op store for this service!


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