Reviewing a lot of these threads to see how folks respond about great city bike experiences, I think something's missing. I can't compare experiences in NYC, London or Amsterdam - Los Angeles has a very different terrain. First off, we have *lousy* roads - and then there's the hills. Little ones, big ones, they're all over - so a one or three gear bike is probably not going to be a great solution. And, of course, there's the hostility of the drivers to the cyclists ... but that's a given.
So I've been looking at all sorts of city bikes, from Pashleys to Electras to Batavus, et al. I'm really not sure which one I want, but I do know I *have* to get one where I can stay upright, since I have AS (ankylosing spondylitis - degenerative spinal arthritis). In addition, I'm 6'2", long legs and built big - muscular - so I need a good frame size.
These days, I just want a bike that I can take for loads of local errands and possibly commuting to work every now and then (hills). I'll add rear panniers, of course, and a Brooks seat is a must - those springs will be a blessing to my back. Any guidance here on the right bike and maybe where to find it?