I haven't owned a bike since my red and yellow Schwinn Stingray back in 1979, a sweet ride. Was biking leisurely on vacation last summer, enjoyed it, and am looking to buy a bike to tool around town (Manhattan). I have no interest in breaking any land speed records and would more likely be smoking a cigarette on my bike than breaking a sweat. I'm an architect, so design is important to me. I am fairly averse to buying things that are not designed with some thought to the aesthetics. Looking at bicycles the ones that caught my eye were the following (in order of appeal):
In any case, there seem to be a lot of expertise in this forum, and was hoping to solicicit some advice from anyone willing. The Kronan seems currently unavailable in the US. Looking at the Biomega website, I have a feeling their bikes cost enough to warrant a free Toyota Camry with purchase. This leaves the Bianchi Milano which is a little more than I'd like to spend, but certainly possible. The Electra Townie looks to be a possibility too, although maybe a bit too "cruiser" looking.
In any case does anyone have some advice for me, or other similar suggeestions?
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