Last week, while spending the holidays with my parents (and riding their neighbor's beach cruiser), I stopped in the local bike shop, PC Bikes of Palm Coast.
It's a small shop, but Jeff (l) and Jake (r), pictured below, are friendly and helpful.
They sell road, mountain and comfort bikes from Trek, Gary Fisher and Giant. They also have, as one might expect in a Florida shop, a couple of adult tricycles. But what I found most intriguing were the locally-designed Sun bikes, which I had never seen before.
This model seems like a cross between a mixte and a baloon-tired utility bike like the current Worksman or some of the old Schwinns. I rather like the way the rear rack seems to be a continuation of the tube that intersects the top and down tubes.
I really liked the looks of this one, though:
Although I didn't measure it, I am almost entirely sure that it has one of the longest wheelbases I've seen on a single bike. What that means is an ultra-stable, even cushy ride, which Jake cited as one of the goals in design . Part of what gives this bike such a long wheelbase is a feature I don't recall having seen before:
This is probably the first bike I've ever seen in which the frame's seat tube doesn't end in the bottom bracket shell. I don't think I've ever seen another bike, save for a recumbent, on which the pedals were so far forward from the seat. And, with the exception a tandem I saw once, I don't think I've ever seen another bike with a rear wheel that was set as far back from the cranks and pedals as this one is.
Just what I need for cruising down the boardwalk at Daytona Beach!