I continually come across blog discussions on topics such as which commuter bike is the best or how to best accessorize a bicycle to make it fit for commuting. People discuss things like whether there is a good commuter bike out there for under $1,000 or which fenders to buy, how to achieve an upright riding position through $200 or $300 worth of accessories, etc.
It's always a struggle for me to avoid posting, in all caps, BUY A RALEIGH SPORTS AND BE DONE WITH IT!!!
The esteemed Lovely Bicycle blog took on this topic this week, and to my delight, advocated something close to this position. Velouria has a greater willingness to modernize components and is more thorough in judging a bicycle ready to ride than am I, but it was good to see someone advocate for the scads of quality used three-speeds that are out there.
Here's exhibit A. It's a 1974 Raleigh Sports offered for $150. New tires, new tubes, Sturmey-Archer hub fine-tuned and shifting smoothly. Fenders for the coming rain. Room to mount a $5 Plescher rack (which the seller will mount for free) and plenty of places to clip a light or two. Bam. Done. You're a bike commuter.