My wife is wanting to get back into biking (hasn't done it since she is a teenager) but is having a hard time finding a bike that is comfortable. After test riding several, she was OK but not excited about getting a hybrid bike. She thought it was more comfortable than her old mountain bike, but still feels quite awkward and unnatural on it. So I got her to try a comfort bike and she completely fell in love with it.
My concern is that the comfort bike will suit her needs now, but not for very long.
Right now she just wants it for tooling around town with the kids etc. Light recreational use. However, she is a distance runner and I just know that once she starts getting more comfortable on her bike she's going to want to use cycling as cross training. In other words, I think that within 6 months she's going to be wanting to do relatively aggressive 30 - 50 km training rides and I don't think a comfort bike will be adequate for that.
So what do we do? Buy a comfort bike that she loves now and hope that it will still be appropriate once she starts getting into more serious riding? Or do we buy a hybrid bike that she finds a bit awkward and uncomfortable now and hope that with steady use she starts to feel better on it.
For the record, the bikes she tried out were the Giant Cypress (comfort), the Miele Toscana 2000 (comfort), the De Vinci St Tropez (hybrid) and a Gary Fischer bike (can't remember the model but it was a hybrid as well).
Thanks for any help you can give.