My girlfriend’s mom, who is 78 years old and an amazing athlete, recently had knee replacement surgery on both of her knees. She still wants to keep up cycling but doesn’t think she can swing her legs up over the top tube so she has asked me for recommendations for a “step through frame” like the one pictured below.
She’ll ride about 7-10 miles at a shot on paved bike paths and is looking for something with upright handlebars and wide tires with good puncture resistance. Weight matters to her but for the wrong reason. She wants it to be light so that she can lift the bike onto the rack on the back of her car.
As you might imagine, being a bike nerd, I got very excited about this project and thought about a carbon fiber frame, Rohloff IGH, disk brakes, custom fenders, etc. But the problem is that she is cheap. She has no problem spending lots of money on grandchildren’s education but will not spend money for herself on a decent bicycle. So it looks like my recommendation needs to be < $700. So much for the Rohloff. Any recommendations?
Thanks for all suggestions.