What I have narrowed down is the Jamis Starlite 20 in grape or the Specialized Hotrock 20. I don't think I want the 6-speed but the jusry isn't completely out yet, just the price.
What I want is the Jamis with a 3-speed hub, that would be the ticket but unfortunately it would be a fabrication and a void of the warranty. She likes to go for rides now with us and a 3-speed hub would allow her to travel farther.
The price of the Jamis is right and there are generally in-store discounts at EMS.
I'm partial to Specialized but the Jamis is a fierce competitor IMO especially for the intended purpose. This is a sidewalk cruiser and I will surely upgrade down the road, but for now I think the 6-speed is just out of the budget.
Could I get a 3-speed to work with some minor frame tweaking? Should I buy a vintage hub or go for new? I have seen a few 20" wheels with a hub but they are roughly 30-40 years old or more.