I'm shopping around for a bike for my wife. She hasn't ridden since she was a kid.
We don't have a tub of money to throw around so I was shopping craigslist looking for something that would be both practical and comfortable for her to ride.
Some info on her - she's 47 and (like me) looking to ride to lose weight. Her doc has told her "you'd better start exercising.....seriously....I'm not kidding....", so I'm trying to ease her into bicycling. I was thinking that we could start out w/ short neighborhood rides, hitting garage sales, stopping for yuppie hot chocolate (lattes & such) at the coffeehouses along the way.
Basically I'm trying to introduce her to bicycling as something that's fun rather than something she does (and hates) to keep her blood pressure in check.
She's told me that she'll trust me on the bike, but every time we're in a bike store she seems to lean towards fixie/three speed cruisers. It seems to me that would be a remarkably bad choice. I think she'd tire of riding one of those quickly, but I've never ridden a cruiser so I don't know.
I did find something today that looks like an interesting bike. It's a Euro-city bike looking thing, made by Kyoso. I've never heard of Kyoso before. However, it looks like a great compromise between hybrid and cruiser. Here's the ad:
I'd sure appreciate some input from guys who have tried to accomplish the same sort of thing for their wives, or women who have faced some of the same issues my wife is facing.
Am I all the way off the reservation here?