Ok, a bit of back story. I've been riding road bikes for about 2 years now (although I had a bit of a break due to moving) and quietly trying to get my wife into biking.
Now that we've moved somewhere with a gorgeous bike-friendly 25-mile limited access park road, and she's seen how happy/sane I am biking, she's decided she wants to, but there are a few obstacles:
1) She's *never* ridden a bike.
1a) She doesn't want to invest any more than a bare minimum in her first bike in case she winds up hating it. (she want to pay <200, <100 if possible...I know this is near impossible, but I need a case to upsell her on it.)
(plus, if she does like it, she'll eventually upgrade to a higher end hybrid or mid-level road bike that could keep up with me, or we may try to go tandem for group riding)
2) She's a wide-hipped athena (just <200lbs)
So my questions are: has anybody been in this situation before of having to teach an adult (and a very non-athletic one at that) to ride a bike from scratch?
If so, what's your recommendation on what to start her out on? I'd love to find a used LBS grade hybrid as opposed to picking up the nearest piece of department store junk.
Also, any saddle recommendations? I know that whatever stock saddle this thing is going to come with won't work for her.