Cycling Saved My Life
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Pensacola, Florida
Bikes: '12 CAAD 10 Ultegra, '78 Medici Pro Strada
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Welcome to 50+, as Denver said. My only thoughts on cruiser or an IGH bike would be to not limit your self to the 3-speed hubs, there are a lot of nice Shimano IGH systems with up to 11-speeds, although a top line Alfine, 9 or 11-speed hub may be a bit pricey and overkill for your needs. If the trip isn't hilly or your loads will not be heavy a single speed, coaster hub might be less costly. This way you save some dollars for the rebuild of the Huffy 3-speed, that one is worthy of pictures here when you get it done, as well as a post in the Classic and Vintage forum.
I am with Denver on going to the BF Recreation forum for more detailed input from people that ride these bikes on a daily basis. All 3 you mention are good bikes, I would suggest buying which ever brand/model you choose from a Local Bike Store (LBS) so you get follow up on any problems and it is set up correctly by a Bike Mechanic and not a minimum wage backroom stock person that does not know how to check a bike over when it is assembled. With the modern warranties you should be good to go with an LBS to stay on the road and you could get any racks or baskets you may want for carrying anything you pick up on your errands. Just my thoughts, Best of Luck in choosing one and please let us know what you decide.
"I did not choose to have Parkinson's Disease, I choose to not allow it to control my life." Davis Phinney
I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me. Philippians 4:13 NIV