I am a recreational bike rider, and though I haven't owned a bike in years, I love biking while travelling and frequently rent bikes in my hometown (NYC) and abroad. Now that it's summer, I am anxious to buy myself a bike I can ride around my neighborhood, and maybe take on an occasional trip. I rode an Electra Townie a few months back and completely fell in love with it! I haven't test-ridden many others but I just kind of know instinctively that this is my kind of bike!
I would be most grateful to the more experienced bike riders and bike buyers out there if you could offer any tips or suggestions on 1. Main things to consider when buying a bike 2. How to decide if you should buy new or used (bikes generally, the Townie in particular). How to evaluate the price 4. Any other bikes I should def. test ride before buying a Townie?
Many thanks in advance, and happy riding!