Jim at Oil is For Sissies writes about someone wanting to know what type of bike his Atlantis is. Reminds me of a conversation I had on the "Slow Ride" last week. I was riding the Stella and happened to mention I couldn't coast to a guy on an Aegis yellow carbon fiber thing.
He said something like, "Nobody makes bikes for this kind of riding, the kind of riding we do."
I said, "Well, there's Rivendell, Surly, Kogswell. They make sensible bikes."
"But those are niche producers, small. You have to get a Rivendell over the internet."
"Well, not exactly. They have dealers."
My point is that there are plenty of sensible bikes. As a category, "Sensible Bikes" is probably as attractive as sensible shoes. Maybe not, Birkenstock and Keen and Doc Marten sell a lot of shoes.