I just found this forum and it looks like there are quite a few very knowledgeable people on it so I thought that I would join and hopefully obtain some valuable information.
My wife and I are both 60 and just starting to ride since being in our teens.
At this point my anticipation is that we will be riding paved trails and city stuff- nothing really "off road" unless it is a dirt trail.
I have uncovered one of my sons old bikes, a Schwinn Sprint 10 speed in the basement and my wife was trying an old mountain bike. She found it too hard to pedal-- possibly the knobby tires-or what ever. In any event, we found a used Diamondback outlook at a store over the weekend in excellent shape and they changed the tires to some type of semi slick tire. It seems to ride much easier, however, the tires "look" small. They are 26 in but actually measure 25" across diaganally. She is not sure about the bike. They also had a Giant Hybrid -entry level' (new) but it was quite a bit more-- twice the price.
Questions- would the Diamondback be a good bike for a year or so to make sure she is going to continue with this and then get a better bike or should I look for a better one now? This one just looks small, but it fits her well-- I just want riding to be easy for her. I also have a Schwinn World, but she doesn't like the narrow tires and forward lean.
Since I dion't want to spend a great deal on bikes now, am I better to take the Schwinn Sprint in for a tune and adjustments, and tires- since they are dry as crackers-- about 100.00 or should I look for a used bike for myself as well? I have ridden the Schwinn about 4 miles so far-- a couple of times-- I can tell it is dryed up-- stands to reason. If a different bike- what kind.
Also, what kind of luck have you had with bike racks? I want toi get a 2" receiver hitch type. I have seen the Thule type and Yakima and the Saris looks good. I have never used one so I am not sure what is additional hype or really necessary.
Thanks in advance.