This is Jennifer, newly de-lurked, and looking for another bike. I'm a long-time commuter and pleasure-rider, don't own a car. I'm from the Vancouver area, and rode up to SFU on Burnaby Mountain for 7 years, but for the last 3 years I've had a 20 min ride to work. I've been riding a pink and white Crescent with a basket. Really heavy and girly. Last month we finally bought a house (yay!) and moved to New West, and my commute is now 25 km or 1.5 hours each way. It is sheer unadulterated bliss at the end of the day, and my little cruiser can do it, but doesn't exactly fly the way my old Trek 1500 used to. Now I'm looking—like everyone else in Vancouver, it seems—for an old 10 speed.
At this point I think my login name will pop up on threads asking for advice about Apollos, Peugeots and Bianchi's, which we seem to have a lot of out here.
I'm definitely in the right place; you all demonstrate an astonishing amount of knowledge and experience, and I'm looking forward to the details and ideas and fun.