I have been lurking on this forum for a period of time, just joined, and thought I would post.
I have not been on a bicycle since 1972, but I just retired (until I find another job) and think riding would be both fun and good exercise. I have been looking at buying a 3-speed Schwinn Coffee through my LBS. The Coffee is as similar to the Schwinn I rode in the 1960's and 70's, as any bicycle currently offered.
I have looked at used bicycles, but have not found any I really like.
I will be riding in the neighborhood and on a nearby bicycle and walking path-paved. I really don't care about speed or riding long distances. I figure I can ride the Coffee for a few years and I will then know enough to make a bicycle change if needed.
Well, that is my plan!
Thanks for all of the great information you have already provided here. Comments appreciated.