Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Southern CA
Bikes: 1970 Raleigh Ladies Sports & 1987 Schwinn Voyageur
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You could look into the vintage 3-speed route. You can usually find a good amount on craigslist or ebay. The Raleigh roadsters are popular, though have slightly more aggressive geometry than a dutch bike. Another option might be a vintage mixte. The downside is that its hard to know how much work you will need to put into it. If you like to work on things, this might be a good option, though if not there are plenty of great bikes out there you can purchase new.
Public Bikes have some great bikes, including some dutch-inspired ones for around $550. They also have some with internal hubs for $650 which would be good for inclement weather and less maintenance. The "Standard" size on the C3 says it fits people 4'8" - 5'5"
Linus Bikes also have a dutch-inspired bike in your price range (I think the Dutchi 3-speed is maybe $600). It's also available in a smaller frame size.
If you're willing to go a little higher in price Gazelle makes a for realz Dutch bike for around $850. (Nevermind - I just double-checked, and apparently Gazelle is raising its prices due to the strong Euro. Its already $1000 and is supposed to go up to $1200 after July 4th. Well there goes my dream of owning a Gazelle anytime soon...). The Gazelle Basic is a great bike, though I don't know how sizing would work for you. I believe they have a smaller frame size, though I may be wrong. I test rode one and fell in love with it, and it sure would be great in a snowy climate like yours.
Last edited by lemondirgopie; 06-29-11 at 03:27 PM.