Since local dealer availability is so important, the bikes I shall probably concentrate on are Juicy, Giant, Wisper, Batribike and Claude Butler. That’s not exhaustive: for instance I would add Freego to that list if I can find out the tolerance of the specified maximum load on the Hawk.
There are some very attractive bikes out there (including a few I will describe separately such as the BH-Emotion range). so I don’t rule out going to an internet dealer. In the coming months I shall relax a bit, and update with reviews and news. To start the process, here is an extremely positive and detailed review of the Juicy Sport from an experienced cyclist.