I am setting up a free Craigslist bike (80s vintage Sears Free Spirit) for my wife as a bike path cruiser. The original vinyl covered sprung seat is rather rigid and uncomfortable, so I am looking for a good replacement seat.
She hasn't biked since she was a kid. We purchased a bike trailer for our 18-month old son (cheap Craigslist find) and are getting the rest of the gear together for some family rides this summer. I have visions of all-day excursions, but that may be unrealistic. I want to make our first rides of the summer go smoothly so that this is something she enjoys doing regularly.
She is drawn to the large, well-cushioned, gel-filled monstrosities. I'm trying to convince her that she wants something a bit smaller. She is approx 170 lbs and 5' 8''.
Budget is tight ($30 max) as we still need to select helmets for her and our son.
What seat would you recommend?
Will the LBS measure her sit bones and fit her to a seat at that price point?
Is a womens-specific seat necessary?