I'm new to regular riding (three days and going strong! lol). To give you some history, I pulled out my 10 year old cheapie cruiser, had it tuned up at the local bike shop, replaced the rusty fenders and installed a basket and panniers. Now I'm having a blast riding it!
While the bike is suiting my needs for the present, I'm sure that once I've got some miles behind me I may want to invest in something a little better manufactured. I've been looking around the internet and there seems to be a few different styles out there that may work for me, including cruisers and townies, and I've noticed quite a few of them only have single gears. What's up with that?
I'd hate to spend a ton of money only to find I was happier with my old six-speed bike. I do mainly city riding and love having the basket and panniers, and I have to ride a bike with a sit-up style due to rheumatoid arthritis in my wrists (I can't put much weight on them).
So to make a short story long, is there a list of descriptions somewhere for what each style of bike is best suited for? I want to start doing some homework.