I run a singlespeed in summer for errands and everything else. I'm looking to buy a classy townie style bike for a short commute when school/work begins in September and I need suggestions. Here's some background:
I have a few 40 year old British 3speeds in various stages of disrepair. I'm becoming frustrated with my restoration processes and I'm not sure I want to invest too much money in these old bikes for reliable commuting.
I'm a college professor and have about a 3 mile commute and about a 10 mile radius for most errands. Pretty hilly here in San Diego. My commute during the school year is too short to warrant a change of clothes, so I'm considering a new, rather inexpensive bike I can ride in my professor attire (slacks and blazer for now, shorts/levi's and t-shirt if I get tenure!). I've read about the Electra Amsterdam Sport (overpriced?) and Pake Urban 6speed (cheaper, but too cheap?). I've also considered building a Kogswell Porteur, which I think I can keep under 1K (?). Any thoughts or other ideas? I'd pick up a Rivendell or Velo Orange Gentleman's/City bike but too expensive for now.