Recovering from whiplash but have confirmed I can ride a beach cruiser upright so looking for a mid range bike for roads till I recover and can return to my Bianchi then use it for gravel biking.
Have not found a lighter weight bike with adequate gears delivered with upright bars. Considering changing handlebars and adjusting a Surly Cross Check. Can rewire my Kona mountain bike, but so heavy I won't be able to keep up. A local store has a low end Novara with upright bars and says they can order similar models with better components but wary of this option.