Thanks all for your suggestions for a comfy urban bike. I ended up getting a Globe Vienna from Mike's Bikes. Globe is a new brand to me but apparently it's Specialized line for the urban commuter. The Vienna can be ordered with a "step through" frame (otherwise known as a "girls" bike) and is not quite as upright as some of the other bikes I rode, although still much more upright than a typical mtn bike frame.
Thanks again for all of your suggestions.
And I do want to give a plug to Mike's Bikes on Howard Street. I went to quite a few stores and they were especially knowledgeable, helpful, and patient. Plus, they have a great selection of bikes.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "raphsperry" <raphael@...> wrote:
> I own a Pake urban bike, which I got from American Cyclery (Frederick and Stanyan)3 years ago. It was about $350 dollars, if I remember correctly, new, which is a pretty great price -- since I've had a lot of bikes stolen around town, I didn't want a pricier one. http://www.pakebikes.com/nunubatmobile.html It's kind of funny because Pake mostly makes messenger bikes, and this is really not that. IT has an external rear derailleur, but also a chainguard, which is a feature I really like. The folks at American warned me that the components were cheap which may be true, so far I've had to replace one of the wheels after a number of spokes broke.
> I also recommend the Bianchi Milano-- mine was a great bike for $650, until it got stolen. It has internal gears. For the bike seat, either way you'd just have to get the sturdiest rear rack they sell and screw it to the mounting posts on the frame. And if you're new to riding around the city I woudl definitely recommend puncture-resistant tires (the Maratohn or the Armadillo are both good in my experience), since flats do happen otherwise.
> Good luck!
> --- In email@example.com, Lainie Motamedi <lmotamedi@> wrote:
> > Kind of random question- but I'm looking to upgrade my bike and would like
> > to find out if anyone has recommendations. I currently have a 10+ year old
> > mountain bike and am particularly interested in getting a step through bike
> > (otherwise known as a "girl" bike). Internal gears a plus (I think) and the
> > bike needs to be able to accommodate a bike seat. Any suggestions are most
> > welcome. Thanks, Lainie