My mom, who is a tiny little (5'0") Asian woman 70 years of age, wants to buy a bike ostensibly so she can keep me company while I bike around. This means that we both go out on a paved trail, and she rides along at her pace while I forge ahead and double back a bunch of times. She hasn't ridden a bike since she was a child.
I would like to know - which bikes should she look at?
I am worried about her possibly falling over and breaking bones and otherwise hurting herself.
Should I get training wheels? "Stability" wheels? A trike? Are there any trikes out there that are collapsible so that you can put them on a bike rack? Are there any "folding" training wheels for ease of transport?
Which bike types are easiest to maneuver with handlebars - comfort hybrid/mountain bike? Beach cruiser?
I think she should probably sit upright so she doesn't strain her back - am I correct in this?
I also think she should get a "girls" bike so she doesn't have to raise her leg so high to clear the tube.
I thank you in advance for your advice. I'm sure there are other points I should consider; would appreciate hearing about those, too.