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    Looking for a bike that fits the features I like

    I'm currently riding a bike I love - a 1999 Raleigh Retroglide NX7. However, I'm getting the feeling that it might be time to move on. She's squeaky and rattly, and a lot of her parts are rusting through. Most of all, she's a big ol' beach cruiser, and I have a feeling that those fat tires are wasting a lot of energy during my daily commute across flat pavement.

    Anyway, I'm looking for recommendations to see if I can find another bike that I'll thoroughly enjoy. Here's what I like:
    A full-size bike (rather than folding)
    Internal gear hub
    Coaster brakes
    Tires thicker than road tires, but thinner than comfort bikes
    Wide moustache-handlebars
    Curved frame, just for looks (too many angles in modern bikes)
    Frame attach points (i.e., it's not so sleek that I can't put a kickstand and some rear baskets on it)

    I don't need to get everything on the list, it's just the stuff that I've learned that I like.

    Any ideas which trees I should be barking up? So far, it's been the internal gear hub and coaster brakes that have really been restricting my choices.
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    This one was the first that came to mind.

    http://www.bianchiusa.com/09-bicycle...ano-parco.html

    Maybe one of the Schwinn Coffee three speeds.

    http://www.schwinnbike.com/int/eng/P...F3-Coffee-3spd
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    I think I found something perfect. Anyone have any experience with a Masi Soulville?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bfiggins View Post
    I'm currently riding a bike I love - ... She's squeaky and rattly, and a lot of her parts are rusting through....
    Good luck with you new bike... but you've really got to do some preventative maintenance now and then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwp View Post
    Good luck with you new bike... but you've really got to do some preventative maintenance now and then.
    The bike was stored poorly for a few years in my in-laws' backyard. I think I would have preferred to sell it, but my in-laws are pack rats, and couldn't bear the thought of anything being sold or given away when it could potentially be useful a decade down the road.
    Anyway, I moved, and didn't need a bike until a few years later - and after I realized that I did need a bike, I found that the only thing I really wanted was to get my old bike back.
    Anyway, it's running about as well as it can right now, but it's definitely lost some overall efficiency in its adventures.

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