My wife is looking to lose about 20 pounds, and despite spinning classes, aerobics classes, etc., just can't seem to find anything she finds fun enough to make exercise enjoyable. I've been working on convincing her to join me for rides, but her current bike (an older Wal-Mart-ish mountain bike that doesn't fit ) is obviously uncomfortable and leads to knee pain. Therefore, we're looking for a new bike.
Despite my initial recommendation to look at road bikes, she's very uncomfortable with them, and is dead set on a hybrid (reasonable -- it's her bike). She's also worried she won't enjoy riding and will still have considerable knee pain and want to give it up shortly, and will have wasted the money on the bike. Therefore, we've come up with this plan:
1. Identify potential low-cost (but not inferior quality) hybrid bikes that might suit her needs.
2. Find a local bike shop that will fit her to it and allow her to take it on an extended (i.e. 1-hour) test ride. Will definitely consider the 'used' rack at the bike shop if they'll fit it to her.
3. Purchase bike, ride lots of slow and easy routes, and enjoy the spring!
Toward that end, I'd love to enlist your recommendations for item 1. Key is going to be cost -- although I'm certainly open to investing in a good quality bike if she'll stick with it, she herself has stated she'll want to keep the cost down as much as possible, not knowing if this will work for her (so I've eliminated all my usual advice about minimum 105 components, etc.) I've already done a bit of research, but won't mention what we're considering so far so as not to bias any responses. Thanks in advance for your help and expertise!!!