Here's a tall order: Recommend a bike for a friend who's moving to a beach house for the summer to write a book. (Nice, right?) He wants a bike to get around. (I see an "in" to convert another person to cycling.) Here are his requirements:
1. Not too expensive. He says $400 or less.
2. The bike has to do double duty: He'll want to pick up groceries, but I think he's looking to get back into cycling. Lycra, somewhere in the future, isn't out of the question. He's not averse to drop bars.
3. He'll be riding on paths and roads; no curb-hopping, no off-roading.
4. But he did say $400. (Actually, he said $350!)
Any and all advice is appreciated.