Finally got my wife on her (old Walmart special) bike again a few weeks ago and she's liking it enough to want a new, decent bike. When I bought my bike all I knew about was the LBS. I like what they did for me, but with bikes direct and other sources it seems like there is more bang for the buck out there, I just don't know the brands that are offered.
Budget is ~$500 for her 'starter bike', as with myself we'll splurge on something nice when we reach our goal weight and we know a bit more about bikes to pick exactly what we like and don't like.
Anyone able to recommend something that is decent and sturdy ? She's looking for a hybrid/flat bar road bike.