I recently posted a page with pictures, descriptions and approximate retail prices of 2008-model commuting bikes here. It might help somebody who's wondering what to buy get an idea of the big picture of what's out there.
It is truly amazing how many of these type of bikes are widely available in the U.S. now, as opposed to 5-6 years ago.
- Is your local bike shop stocking these types of models (fairly upright riding position/fenders/racks lights)?
- Do you see people riding them?
- It appears the commuter-bike market is growing -- do you expect an implosion?