When I decided to start riding again at the beginning of the summer I purchased a used Huffy Cranbrook beach cruiser like the one on the left for $40.00. I was thrilled to find a bike at this price and couldn't wait to start riding again.
The bike is pretty, and I thought well a bike is a bike. It kinda fits me and it rolls. I was happy with this bike until I started reading the cycling blogs. Ignorance is bliss. and I had great times on this bike while increasing my strength and stamina considerably.
I am now ready to move on and up. I do not plan on doing a lot of riding until the spring but in the meantime the extremely mild winter we are having has allowed me to test ride quite a few bikes. I have set a budget of $500 and have determined that I prefer a steel bike with a step through frame. So far I have ridden Electras, Felts, Globes, Schwinns and Treks. I would like to ride a Public but no local bike shop carries them. I may travel the 80 mi to Cincinnati to try one out.
It seems the bloggers I read all have Pashleys, Rivendells, Abicis, Gazelle’s, etc. Not only are these out of my price range, we have no LBS that carry them. I have never seen one of these bikes on the street or on the trail here in town and I have been looking. Most folks are riding Schwinns, Treks, Electras, or big box store bikes. I went into a LBS that carries Electras and the salesman said that they don’t carry the Electra Amsterdam because it is too expensive for this market. We just don’t seem to have the expensive Dutch bike culture here.