I bought a bike for Robin, my girlfriend, on Friday. She really was fairly clueless, but I went to the bike shop first and looked at what was there. When she arrived, she test rode this one and liked it. I paid for the bike. She bought the accessories. Fenders are on order. We're still trying to find a nice basket for the front.
It's a Norco Yorkville W. I figured an inexpensive hybrid is a good way to start. If she never really gets into it, not much money is spent.
On Saturday we attended a party that was a 20-mile round-trip. She wasn't ready to ride that distance, so we took the Big Dummy and used a trailer to carry two coolers and chairs.
I hope she continues to ride with me for years to come.