I need help selecting a beginner's bike - I'm a woman, 52, in okay but hopefully improving shape, but haven't ridden a bike regularly since childhood. I'm terribly intimidated by the bikes with lots of gears (my coordination has never been great) and I can barely deal with the thought of hand brakes instead of coaster brakes. Naturally, dh thinks we shouldn't spend too much for a bike - what if I never use it, after all? (wink)
He's in super shape and has a bike he's happy with but also hasn't ridden much, himself. We'd like to just do some recreational biking - dkids at 15 are getting older and we anticipate having more time together.
I should also add that we live on a mountain and I don't anticipate being able to ride much from home, particularly in the beginning. It's just that hilly and steep if one isn't in top shape. I suspect we'll need to go off the mountain to other biking paths that are flat. (Our area has excellent fitness and mountain biking possibilities but out of reach fitness-wise for me for now.)
Dh was checking out the Schwinn "Searcher" bike yesterday at Sears - 7 speeds only - or the Skyliner with 21 speeds.
Are these too inexpensive a bike to start out? Other recommendations and advice?
Thanks so very much!