For the second time this month, despite having taken it in to have it fixed a couple of weeks ago, my rear brake has frozen in place - the first time I couldn't brake, this time I can't "un"brake. I suppose I can just have it fixed a second time and then take my time choosing a new bike, but I worry about having this happen when I'm so far from home that I end up stuck in the middle of nowhere. I don't want to buy a beater - this bike *is* a beater and that seems to be the source of my problems.
Urbane's is closed for the holiday season. I checked out both Urbane's website and Sweet Pete's but am a bit overwhelmed by all the choices. I don't want something heavy, and I don't like to sit upright when riding. I don't need a ton of gears. A chainguard would be nice, but isn't a dealbreaker (is it possible to *add* a chainguard to an existing bike?). I'd love to have good brakes for a change. Gears that don't go clickety clack when changed would be nice too, but I tend to use only one speed so it's not as high a priority.
Does something jump out as a good option at either Urbane's or Sweet Pete's, or should I just try to get the brake fixed again and wait until the spring to get a new bike?