Hello from Southwest Virginia, bland county.
My wife and I both are new to “actual” riding. We’re a family of four, (kids ages 6 and 4) we just bought “actual” bikes in the past few weeks, after I started “riding” with the kids on our neighborhood road. Of course the kids are still on trainers so it’s kinda noisy for now. They’ve been riding in the driveway for the past few years and kept asking to “really ride” like I would on my wally world bike. After a few trips with the kids, my wife decided she wanted to ride also. I bought a used Jamis Mt bike off a friend of mine, and we researched and decided on a Cannondale comfort 5 for the wife. We’re kinda lucky that ½ mile in front of our home is the Appalachian Trail, and behind our home they’re starting to develop a trail system for bicyclists. The county has always been popular with both road riders and Mt Bikes, so maybe the conties plans will pan out.