I commuted for a couple summers 10 years ago, but otherwise haven't done much riding since childhood. (I am 50.) I am in pretty good aerobic shape and have decently strong legs. But permanent surgery after-effects mean I have to be very careful in the use of my right arm - no weight bearing, only a relaxed grip, etc. A very upright position seems to be what I'll need for that. But my arm limitations also mean that the bike must be lightweight - otherwise I won't be able to lift it unto a bike rack (car or bus), up the steps, etc. I'll mostly be riding on pavement, almost always under 20 miles in a day (unless it works really well for me and I can use it to commute!), with occasional forays onto gravel or dirt. But the road is wet a lot here (definitely will add fenders), and there are HILLS! I'm also relatively petite (particularly, have a short torso).
(I did read through the stickies in the "Over 50" forum.)
Price-wise, I'd prefer under $600. There is a little bit of wiggle room.
I know I'll need to do some in-person shopping and test rides to determine what will work best for me. But I was hoping that folks here might have some suggestions for good bikes to check out.
Thanks so much!