Here is a recent history of my relationship with bikes. I moved to the city and sold my car about a year and a half ago. I had been making my way around the city using public transit and my 10 year old mt. bike. Given its monstrous size and the fact that I kind of hated it, I hesitated to put any money into maintaining it. So therefore it was less and less comfortable. For example, I lost the original pedals and the clipless I had added to it for mt. biking in college were not the best platforms for riding to work in my dress shoes. Anyway, after slipping off the pedals and catching the cross bar in a really painful way, I decided to take it in to the shop to fix up. Got some cool functional pedals and a tune up and the first time I took the bike out this spring it was stolen. *sigh* So I'm in the market for another bike and I need some advice, which is what brings me here.
My current set of wheels is a 70s raleigh 3-speed cruiser I got off of craigslist in a pinch after my bike was stolen. I love the freedom of the baskets (no more sweaty back from my bag) but the 3 speeds are not cutting it with the hills in this city. I need something FASTER.
So if you are still reading this, you must be a really nice person and if you happen to have advice for a new commuter bike, please visit the new thread I am about to create. Thanks!