So me and my wife are wanting to get a couple bikes to use just riding around town and in a leisurely way. We are thinking about something like beach cruisers or a feet foward type of bike like the townie. However, when we go to our LBS the prices are through the roof. Just for a basic Electra single speed coaster brake cruiser without any special stuff they want $650 (Canadian) I cannot afford $1300 for a couple of basic bikes. So I started looking online for cheaper bikes without sacrificing quality. What I have found is that there are 2 manufacturers in the US that we do not have in Canada. Firmstrong and Micargi. Since my LBS does not have any experience with these brands, I come to the bikeforums community for advice.
What are these brands like? Would they be ok for riding fairly constantly in a town? Are they safe for larger people? Would we be happier just spending the extra money for the LBS name-brand stuff?
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.