Well, it is that time of year and I'm looking to you good folks for a bike recommendation! I have been road riding for a few years and this has really turned into a family event! My mother even joined in the fun. Last year she slowly upped her mileage and found she really enjoyed riding. I took her to my local shop and had her fitted and she preferred and upright/flat bar road bike. I believe it was a Cannondale 800?? However she did not much like the price tag and went off to Dicks and now has a crazy heavy mountain bike! I worked for last year but is not a prime choice for increased mileage rides! We rode a couple charity events last year and she even completed a 45 mile ride with me, however I put her on my road bike for that one. She really enjoyed the lightness of the road bike but still felt a bit squirrelly on the drop bars. I very much enjoyed the time I got to spend with her and would live for this to continue as long as possible! Being the loving daughter I told her that for Mothers Day this year I would put her on a new bike! Now the tough part begins in finding her a good ride! Please let me know what bikes you are finding most comfortable. I would like to find a flat bar road bike with possible the ability to switch to drop bars? She is female approaching 60 with a slightly shorter torso with a bit longer legs. We will still visit the local shop, they are very good to us and will order bikes in for us to try. I would just like to have an idea ahead of time if there are certain bikes that others are very much enjoying and finding comfortable. Obviously speed is not going to be our man concern here.