I have a mountain bike that's functional but I'm hoping to get a bike that's more 'my style'.
I really like the look of cruisers but whatever I get I want it to be durable. I don't do mountain biking, but I do ride in a city with some pot holes, and I'd like to have the option of biking on semi-rough paths. I occasionally ride off curbs as well.
I like handle-brakes, the upright handlebar, and panniers--and maybe a basket would be nice. Also, white-wall tires are nice but could be customized, I suppose.
Oh yeah-I'm 6'2" and weigh about 175 lbs. I don't know how that translates to what size bike I'll need, and I'm not sure how big my current bike is. The tires are 26".
Having said all that, here's what I've been looking at:
I've seen a lot of good reviews on this bike, and I really like the beachy look of it. I also do like the 7-speeds. I don't think it has handle-brakes, but maybe I could customize them?
Also, very nice. I like the faded colors on these bikes. Makes 'em look worn.
I don't necessarily have my heart set on a cruiser. I've been looking at some hybrids too. A few more interesting options are the Breezer Citizen, Breezer Uptown Infinity, EX, 8, or 7-speed:
...The 8-speed is pretty tempting...
So I have a pretty good idea of what I want. I just hope that I can get a bike that's as equally practical as stylish.
If you have any suggestions or opinions on the bikes in the links (or similar bikes--especially older looking ones) I'd be glad to hear them.
One more thing...It may be a few months-perhaps longer-before I'm able to invest in a bike, so prices may change, etc.
I apologize if I have been too lengthy with this post, but I want to be thorough. Buying a new bike is kind of a big deal for me.
Thanks ahead for any suggestions or advice!