So I've got all these great ideas for a city/commuter bike and was looking for people to help me focus so I can start purchasing what I need but seem to be having trouble finding the right people to ask.
I'm living car-lite, so car-free isn't quite right. I'll be commuting to work, but I'll also be riding everywhere else. It could be a fixed gear, but they get snarky when brakes come up. I'll ride it far, but not touring/long distance far. It'll be utilitarian but far more attractive (ha!). It'll be fast, but not quite road bike forum fast.
Maybe we should consider opening up a new forum for daily city riders who are looking for fashionable/classy/trendy/whatever and practicable bikes. As far away as it might seem for many communities, my home Chicago is becoming more and more a bicycle town and I for one would love to see more bikes on the street that aren't ugly, corporate-billboard hybrids or faddish track bikes.
Steel and chrome; leather, cork and cotton tape; baskets, racks, and classy panniers; chain guards, fenders and generator hubs; these are things I want to see more of and wish there was a single place I could go to find.