My 240 pound dad is buying a new bike for my Nephew (currently living with us) and I know he wants to have a bike to ride with him into town and possible commute to work (about 3 miles each way). We have a well aged aluminum frame "Trek 1000" bike in the garage. Would it be advisable to fix up the Trek 1000 (it needs a tune up and possibly a new saddle) or get him a nice new commuter (stronger frame?, more upright posture). I was thinking an REI bike for ease and because my dad is not picky.
Any advice or recommendations would be appreciated!