A couple of bikes that should be on any list of utility bikes. Kogswell makes great utilitarian bike frames though I don't know if they sell complete bikes. Rivendell has some outstanding bikes though they tend to be pricy.
"The idea to cover a few basic shifting tips came to me on last Saturday’s ride. We were climbing a steep hill and one of the riders dropped her chain. When I rode up alongside she was already off her bicycle trying to put the chain back on with a stick. I showed her the easy way to get a chain back on and thought beginner shifting tips would be a good subject to cover today."
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