This is of academic interest only--I'm comfortable on my Atlantis w/Brooks B-17, and I'm not even thinking about a "comfort" bike. But...
A couple of friends of mine, in their 50s, want to start cycling. They're convinced they need big, fat, squishy saddles on laid-back, high-handlebar frames with big, fat, squishy tires
I've ridden those bikes only a little, but I hate them. The saddles are comfortable at first, but hurt after a few miles. The ride and handling are frustrating to me. They MIGHT work for the woman in this equation, but the guy is very fit (often hikes 10 or 12 miles for fishing or bird-hunting in remote country) and fairly competitive. They can't try my bikes, which are way too big for them, and the shops around here are pretty well stuck on test rides around the parking lot, not real try-outs.
Not sure what I'm looking for here, but I'm just wondering if anybody's bought one of those geezer bikes and given up on riding, or moved up to a "real" bicycle out of frustration after gaining some experience. Or am I approaching this from the perspective of a 40-year veteran rather than a newbie?