Ok, so I've started cycling again, and my girlfriend has noticed that I've been enjoying myself and spending more time on my bike and decided to join me... Now the problem arises that we need to get her a bike and here's where I need advice...
I'd like to get her something reliable (more-so than a wal*mart special), but I'm unsure whether it's something she's actually going to enjoy, so I don't want to fork over a ton of money for a bike that may or may-not be ridden regularly. She previously had an older Cruiser that her dad gave her when she went off to college that rarely got ridden and was stolen from our back yard over Christmas while we were out of town.
So I guess what I'm looking for is a recommendation on types of bikes I should be looking at more than specific models (though that is fine as well... we have shops which carry most every major manufacturer in town). So far she's uncertain what she wants, but has said she isn't interested in another heavy dinosaur like her previous cruiser. I would like to get her something other than a single-speed and fixed-gears are right out, but other than that I'm open to any suggestions.
My bike is a road bike, and she has said the drop-bars look less than comfy, but she hasn't tried them, so who knows if that would be a turn-off? So, what I'm looking for would be something:
- Which has at least a rear derailleur (we would be riding rail trails with gradual hills, and grinding up them on SS would be no-fun for her).
- Can accommodate some sort of street-friendly tire.
- Which weighs less than an old Huffy beach cruiser.
- That would be suitable for 5-10mi. rides about town on rail-trails and streets.
- That doesn't make her hate cycling.
I'm leaning towards a hybrid, or a hardtail MTB with street tires, but what do you guys think? What sorts of bikes do your "fairer-sexed" significant others ride?