I'm an avid cyclist, and have moved to Sarasota Florida from the north east. I have a nice Bianchi road bike, and a nice Raleigh One Way w/ a 7-sp Nexus hub. I don't have the Raleigh with me yet, as it's currently in storage up north until I buy a house down here. I only have my Bianchi road bike down here, and I'm realizing it's not the best tool for the job for getting around down here. I've ALWAYS wanted a beach crusier, but they didn't make much sense in my very hilly Northeast area. Now that I'm down here, I'd like to grab one, but I want to be able to do as much as I can w/ it: ride decent distances & amounts (3 sp hub), carry stuff (racks), and ride on streets, sidewalks & beach.
I was looking at the Electra Delivery, but it looks a bit overdone & like a theft magnet. I do like it's components though.
I like to have nice bikes, but i don't know if I should go with something sorta stripped down & inexpensive so I don't worry about theft & wear due to weather & sand & salt, etc...
There's a local spot that has a Micargi decked out w/ crazy colors & 2 racks that actually rode decently, but I've read many bad reviews about them. The Electras look nice too.
I'd also like to stick w/ more of a classic beach cruiser design for this bike.
Soooo, any persepective or ideas would be MUCH appreciated!!! Thanks!