I recently bought a vintage Malvern Star bike which I bought on Gumtree for $60. I chose to go for this style as the vintage bikes tend to have a larger and more comfortable seat. Also I prefer the curved handlebars, which are easier on my back.
Modern for sure, always wanted to know how they ride, I bet they are well worth the high price.
Really, I want one that has one wheel at the front, two at the back.A basket behind me, so it can carry my stuff, and no one can really see my wide backside!
The vintage ones have a certain appeal about them and are usually pretty solid/robust. I used to think expensive modern bikes were a waste of money, until I rode one - which I then bought. Because it was such a joy to ride, I rode more often and for longer distances. The result was huge health benefits and much smaller car-maintenance costs...
I agree that some things that have gone by the wayside should have been kept - like some handlebar shapes etc, are much more comfortable. At least new comfy seats can still be found - just not usually with the bike - they have to be sought separately.
I am in Melbourne and I simply love the idea of the three wheeler bike. I no longer ride a two wheeler because I think it is too dodgy in the very busy traffic all over. If I had the money, I would love to start of bicycle business (making 3 wheelers) specifically targetting the people of say, 60 years. Nice big wide wheels, sturdy shopping basket, close(r) to the ground. Some with a front basket, but a wider back seat to hold a toddler or two with their helmets on. Would be great for young mums to drop off and collect from local school and great for elderly to do the shopping and ride around the park and local streets to improve their daily dose of exercise. Most of all a well affordable price.
I think I could make a fortune. I see a person in Cheltenham ride one that seems to have some sort of motor The Chinese could manufacture these and clean up big time.