I'm new to all of this and have spent a lot of time on the internet.
I'm pretty sure I want to buy a compact long wheelbase model. I realize the limitations - they tend to be heavier, a little slower, (easier for beginners to ride) but for me, that's OK. Can you guys mention some brands and models that are available in Europe.
I came across the HP Velotechnik Spirit which looks great. Since I live in the Netherlands, I would also want to easily mount fenders, lights and a bike bag (a big bike bag for shopping). Whatever I buy will be for local commutes. I will not be traveling 50 miles in a day (though I would want something that I could use if I so decided).
Any other models in addition to the Spirit? Thanks, Dave