Hi folks, my name is Raffaele, which i shortened in raffa. I have been riding bike in Milano in Italy for the last 10 years to go to work everyday, no matter the wheather. I got here out of frustration from my latest bike: 4 years ago i bought a Kronan, a swedish bike they claimed to last forever. Well, two months ago the handle broke in two, right in the middle of rush hour in downtown traffic. I got it fixed, and one week later the rim of the wheel broke, lenghtwise. I was lucky the rubber did not explode! In any case, Kronan doesn't have a distributori here in Italy, I contected them in Sweden and the basically said: gna gna gna, we cannot do anything for you. Right now i'm moving with my very old byke which is starting to collapse (over ten years old) so i am about to buy a new one. Now, is there anyone who can give me suggestions? I am a good biker, but i use it in downtown traffic in a city like Milano (no hills, basically flat). I ride between 6 to 12 miles each day, depending if i have to move around the city. I have seen there are so many alternatives i just do not know how i can make up my mind, so i am turning to you guys for help. Price range? 400 to 600 Euros.
Thanks for your help to a newcomer and have a safe ride you all!