What bike to get for recently retirees
My wife and I recently retired and we want to get a couple comfort/hybrid bikes. Can someone steer us right. We started looking at a couple resale Huffy's which didn't work for me as I generally like to research on the internet and buy somewhat decent quality. We'll now we have been looking at Walmart bikes, Sears, Dicks and bikesdirect. Budget is around $200-$300 bikes. Schwinn Discover, Diamondback Wildwood Classic and Vital2, and some on bikesdirect (Dawes Hybrid Eclipse1; Eclispe City; Windsor Rover 1 & Dover 1; Gravity Hybrid Dutch; Schwinn Voyageur IG3) have been some of what we have been looking at. Don't want to underbuy or overbuy.
Any help is appreciated.
Your price range suggests buying used if you want a decent quality bike.
There's a couple of things to look at when you look for a decent used bike that will help to avoid junk like the Huffy you mentioned. It is not easy but there are a lot of older, quality bikes that can give you years of pleasant riding. Pick up the bike. If it feels like you grabbed a set of weights for weight lifting, move on to something better. You can weigh a bike by using a standard bathroom scale. Weigh yourself and repeat it holding the bike steady. The difference is the weight of the bike. I wouldn't buy anything weighing over 30 pounds. In general, the lighter the bike the better the quality of the bike. Does the bike have quick release for both wheels? If the axles on the wheels are held using nuts, walk away. The worst of the worst have what is known as a one-piece crank. It's a single chunk of metal with pedals at each end. It is the sign of a really cheap bike. Most of the mass merchandiser bikes no longer use this type of crank. Avoid bikes with suspension unless the bike had a pretty hefty MSRP when it was new. Most of the suspensions on cheap bikes don't work well and add a lot of weight to and already obese bike. Last of all, find somebody who knows bikes and is willing to help you choose a suitable bike.
There is a website named Bikepedia www.bikepedia.com where you can look up the original price of an older bike (MSRP) by putting in the brand name, model, and year of the bike. That way you can verify what someone tells you about what they paid for the bike when they bought it. I recently saw a woman's bike at a garage sale and asked about it for a friend. It was fairly new and the owner wanted a lot for it. I looked up the MSRP and knew that the seller either was a liar or got a really bad deal. It wasn't a bad bike but certainly wasn't worth what he was asking. A lot of the brand names you remember as a kid are now made in China for sale by mass merchandisers like WalMart and Target. They are sometimes poorly assembled and hit and miss as to quality. If you buy a used bike originally sold by a bike shop you will be much better off.
If you wanted a really comfortable bike for an older person I'd suggest a recumbent but they are so far outside of the price range you listed that it is not a realistic suggestion.