I'll be 36 in a couple of months and have begun to experience some symptoms of my age that are not exactly daily biking friendly (note, I live in Chicago). Obviously can't do anything about the cold, but I am curious if anyone can offer advice about a good, simple, sturdy bike that will be a reliable commuter and good for the occasional 30 mile ride, by a guy with bad knees and an arthritic back?
At present I have an '83 Schwinn Traveler (made into single speed, love the way it rides, fear for my safety on it), a 70s Continental (tad heavy for the knees), and an SE draft that is way too small. Looking to ditch the Draft, and either buy or build something to get me through the next five years.
Many thanks to all.