I decided you all were the folks to ask this question after spending some time reading the threads.
I'm looking to find a good used bike that I can use in the friendly streets of NYC & Brooklyn. Ideally I want one which is;
- comfortable to ride - i'm thinking steel.
- fairly quick (25 lbs or so - this is also important because i will have to carry and lift the bike quite a bit).
- good enough that i won't be constantly looking to replace it with something lighter.
- not-so-good that it will be a tempting bike to steal or too expensive to buy (~$300?) or wasted on a talentless rider like myself.
i see on these threads that some bikes are high-interest (schwinn paramount etc). what are the quite good (strong and light) but not top-notch good older bikes that tend to sell for below what you think they're worth on craigslist or ebay? (which peugot or bianchi or motobecane or somesuch but not cannondale or other thief-magnet)?
to give you an idea of what i am looking for - i emailed a guy about a used bianchi san jose but didn't hear back. i'd also be happy to ride something from the 80s or 90s.
ideally i will end up setting it up with an 8 speed hub and maybe some bullhorn bars. a ride to the library or down to coney island or occasional commuter kind of bicycle to balance my little 1 speed folding bike that i keep at work. so i wouldn't want to be defacing some super-classic rare collectable bike (even if i could afford it). : )
and perhaps extra-ideally the bike would have a generous top-tube to standover height ratio, since i have kind of short legs for someone 6'.