My mom is 69. She wants a new bike...she's scared of her Pugeot Mixte from the 80's. She wants a women's bike so she she can step up easy...she wants a light bike... she wants fat tires so she won't get scared if she goes off the pavement and has to get back on.
She rides less than 10 miles at a time, and wants to sit up right. I would like her to have a nice range of gears, because she has knee problems, and I want her to learn how to spin. Her knees hurt her sometimes right now.
Normally, I'd be all over getting her a vintage bike, but I really think she'd be best served by a modern, light bike. She likes the idea of auto shifting, but I'm not sure it will give her enough gears. I'd like to see her with a triple.
I told her I'd sell her Peugeot on Craig's List. She was surprised that a new bike would cost $300-$500, but I told her her Peugeot was hot and am prepared to lie about how much money I get for it. But I still think we're talking about a bike less than $600.
The thing about comfort bikes is that I'm worried that biking will become so much work that she won't enjoy it any more... but maybe the increase in comfort will be worth it?
Suggestions would be good. She wants a BIG basket on it.