I recently made the mistake of purchasing a Flying Pigeon PA-06. I love the style, and the frame seems pretty bulletproof, but unfortunately, I am too heavy for the majority of the parts. The brakes fade after one trip around the block, I had to replace the saddle, and I can tell that I am bending the pedals. Therefore, I am going to just tighten everything back up and craigslist it to someone who weighs less than 200 lbs.
I really like the look and riding position of the English roadster/Dutch city bikes, and I obviously need to spend more than the 250 dollars I spend on my FP. If I can, however, I want to spend less than the 850 or so dollars that a Batavus 1-2 Have costs. I am a bit sketchy on the Electra Amsterdam series, as they have apparently had a number of recalls issued in the last year or so, and I have read a lot of mixed reviews of the Kronan. I would really like to buy a bike that will last for many many years. My father still has a Schwinn that is probably 50 years old now, but it is unfortunately too valuable now to ride. Are there any Dutch Style bikes that would be as durable as the Batavus that would cost less? Anyone have experience with the Electra and the Kronan? Are there any bikes of this style I have overlooked?
ETA: I would prefer at least a three speed bike, although I would consider a one speed if it was otherwise exactly perfect and exceptionally cheap.
Thanks in advance for your time and advice.