I have a Trek 720 that is 20 years old. I ride 10 mile routes, mostly road, sometimes crushed limestone (rails to trails). I love my bike but my daughter needs a new one. Since she is still growing (she's my height 5'0 now but expected to grow to 5'6), I don't want to buy her a new one which she will outgrow so I'm contemplating giving her my 720 and buying a new one for me. I've been looking on Craigslist to find an inexpensive option for her and couldn't find one.
At my LBS today, they showed me a Trek Verve and I forgot the other model Trek. One was $440 and the other was $550. They had a man's frame and a woman's frame to choose from. My current one is a man's frame. I liked that the handles were closer on the 16 inch woman's frame than the 15 inch men's frame but there wasn't a spot to put my water bottle. I asked how they compared to my current bike and the guy told me what I have is junk since it's so old. He didn't actually see the bike. This is the same bike shop where I bought it and have had it maintained so I was a bit turned off by his comment.
I'm in Chicagoland and there are a ton of bike shops around if someone can recommend what I should get.