After a couple of very sad weeks with no bike I finally found a bike that fit all of my needs. Her name is Daisy and she is a custom made bike by an American expat here in Italy. I am not sure when he started making these bikes (called Utility) but they are awesome. The seat and the handlebars are a little higher than normal so when I ride I am not hunched over at all. I can seriously ride for hours on Daisy and my back never starts to hurt. Now I just need a bell, or maybe one of those really obnoxious clown horns!