I think this bike is really neat. That’s right, it has gears on it, but that’s ok. The design philosophy is very unique (but note, not groundbreaking) in that it allows the bike to be both comfortable and efficient. It would be a blast to ride, being able to better handle grocery runs than the Surly (try carrying a week’s worth of food in your messenger bag!), and would likely allow for a slightly fast commute, thanks to a few gears. I’d probably set it up with a Shimano Nexus hub instead of the standard derailleur, just for a more classic look.