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Old 05-13-09, 09:32 PM   #1
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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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Old 05-13-09, 11:05 PM   #2
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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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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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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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