Wanted: a new bike!

I really, really, really want a new bike. Really. We used to have a pair of bicycles (nothing fancy, but they did the trick), however they didn’t fit into the moving van on one of the cross-country moves we’ve done so they got donated to the Yellow Bike Action Project in Kingston a few years ago. Now that we are done moving for a while I’m thinking about getting a new bike and have no idea where to begin. There are some amazing bike shops in the Niagara region, but they seem to cater to the very serious biker who has a lot of spare cash and time — I’ve got neither. At the other end of the scale are shops like Canadian Tire. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love Canadian Tire and make several trips a week there (sadly, I’m not kidding!), but in the bike department they leave much to be desired. For starters, I’m not at all interested in mountain bikes and this seems to be all these sorts of stores carry. I’m not sure exactly where I’ll be cycling, but I can assure you that there will be no “off-roading” involved. I’m looking for something a little less aggressive-looking than a mountain bike, something that can be adorned with a cheery basket and something that doesn’t scream “sporty”! (Nothing wrong with a sporty look if you are the sporty sort, but I’m far more “bookish” than “buff”!) The Amsterdam bike from Electra is simply gorgeous, but a little out of my price range at the moment (still reeling from the cost of buying a house and two international trips within the span of a month…yikes!). I found a fantastic-looking vintage bike on Kijiji tonight, but someone else beat me to it. I’m not sure if it is worth my time to look on Ebay — how does shipping work for something large like a bicycle?

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