I'm looking for a light touring bike, and will use it primarily for commuting, exercise, and occasional short tour to a nearby state park, etc.
I will probably get something like a Raleigh Clubman, something relatively sporty, but can still carry a rear pannier.
My wife really likes the look of roadster bicycles, sort of like the Dutch bikes, but not quite as upright, lots of style, such as the Raleigh Classic Roadster, Electra Ticino, Linus Roadster, all of these I think are available in 8 speed. Will these bikes be so slow that I'll have to walk beside her? The Raleigh is steel, the Ticino is aluminum frame. The more upright position is harder in heavy wind. Anyhow, if you know of a good bike that looks like a roadster but would be good for occasional touring too, let me know.