I bought a 7 speed Schwinn Lakeshore cruiser about a month ago and have decided to upgrade to something lighter and that handles better with more gears. I commute about 3 miles each way to work, every other day while building up my muscles and stamana. To work in mornings is all down hill, home in evening is all up hill and a good workout. I now only have to stop one time from 12 stops the first trip!
I looked at a Raleigh 3.5 Detour today and liked the feel of it. $360 + fenders and rack and Kstand will end up about $420 The Detour 4.5 for $460 is similar, but better quality parts and would end up about $520 after adding the fenders, rack, kstand.
I am 5'-11" 195 lb I want a bike with tires wide enough for ocasional dirt road rideing, but comfortable with more upright bars, 7 speeds minimum, fenders, rack, pants chain guard, and good handling.