I see this type of question has been asked in a thousand different ways thousands of times, but here goes:
I would like to get a bike for my husband. He knows how to balance and turn the pedals, but he has never been a "cyclist" - hasn't owned a bike since JR. High.
He is interested in getting into riding so he can ride with me. I'm currently riding a Straggler, which I use for commuting, and recreational fun day rides. My husband would be doing mostly the same with his bike. As he gets comfortable, I'd like to try some shorter overnight trips a well.
So here's the parameters for what I'm looking for for my husband:
Some thing that would allow him to do a similar type of riding to what I'm doing. Of course the easiest answer to this would be "get him the same bike." well, I resist the idea of being twinsies, and also, I'm looking for something more "entry level." I'd like to not spend as much money in case he never gets into it, and selfishly, I just don't want his bike to be quite as awesome as mine, at least while he's new. However, I also don't want it to be so old/low end that it frustrates him and prevents him from getting into the sport.
He likes the idea of drop bars, but has never ridden them. Mostly, his bike should be comfortable to ride and easy to handle, but with a fair amount of versatility - crappy weather, poor pavement conditions (loose gravel, potholes, etc, but not necessarily off-road/unpaved). We have a decent craigslist in this area, so models of bikes to keep an eye out for used are also welcome. Preferred price point is $500-$1000 USD.