The other day while at REI with my friend L., I spotted a couple of intriguing Novara commuter bikes in the clearance section, but didn’t have time for a test ride. The Transfer has won Bicycling Magazine‘s editor choice award for the past two years, so I was eager to give it a shot. After our slightly disappointing Electra test ride Dottie and I decided it was a good time to head to Brentwood and check them out. The models we tried were the Novara Fusion and the Novara Transfer. Overall we found the REI Novara Transfer to be a good value for money, especially when on clearance. (What can I say, I love a good sale!) The higher-priced Fusion with upgraded components is nice, but not as budget-conscious.