Just how bad are those Hi-ten cruisers labeled Schwinn at Target? Wheels, tires, general mechanics, etc.?
My Dad is 66, living alone and miserably retired. He's been hinting at getting a bike to putter around the neighborhood. The style, riding position and lines of a particular "Schwinn Jaguar" is attracting him, and checking out the sample in the store it doesn't, superficially, appear too bad for a guy who isn't going to be riding over the road or tackling the trails. He hasn't ridden a bike with regularity since he left college.
I'd like some advice considering that if I were to buy and assemble this myself (adding fenders, rear flasher, bell and maybe one of those flags if I can find one locally) it would be an investment of about $170 ready to roll. I don't know if I can talk him into a helmet which I swear by ...
I welcome comments or alternative, similarly-priced bikes suitable for this application.