OK, I'm the wife and I'm the bike nut in this family. I would like to get hubby back in the saddle to A) lose a few lbs and help his heart and general overall health; B) accompany me on some easier rides; C) have fun!
Right now he has a really old and heavy mountain bike that he got free from a friend who's six-foot-three. My husband is five-eight. On a tall day. I've told him this bike doesn't fit him, but he smiles and hops on anyway, for 20-30 minutes. In baggy shorts and a baseball cap. What a guy. I love him.
So, we could do some paved paths and roads if I persuaded (OK, forced) him into an LBS. I am thinking, not a lot of money here. Like, $700 or so. Up to $800. We are not talking crouched over racing position and zillion-dollar components. He is 52. Not real limber. We need comfort position, but not a cruiser bike.
I am thinking, Giant Sequoia? Some kind of Trek? A Jamis flat-bar? You all are mostly guys in his age range. Whaddaya think?