I was very lucky and ran into someone who owned and wasn't using a Bacchetta Strada yesterday, so I borrowed it and took it on a spin today, going 12 miles in a residential neighborhood.
This is the afore-mentioned bike:
1) I liked it. It was nice to finish a ride without a sore back or neck.
2) I don't have any problems (anymore than anyone else) with a SWB. Having had many a stall-out on a mountain bike on a steep slope, the slow-speed handling of the Strada didn't really bother me too much.
3) Handling is a zen exercise. Less is more. The less you squeeze the handle-grips, the easier it was to steer. I thought that was pretty cool.
4) Getting rolling is like learning a clutch. First I got moving by going down a slight slope. Then I could start on a flat surface. I still can't get started going up even a gentle slope. Any tricks?
5) I could sense the babes thought I was really hot.
6) I sent the above picture to my SS riding son who went nuts on me and refuses to speak to me anymore.
He'll get over it.