My family and I all just started biking last year. My wife was going to buy the kids now 8 and 10 used bikes but got approved for a Walmart credit card and bought herself and my now 17 yr old huffy beach crushers and the kids cute cheap bikes. After her limit was gone I bought an old gt aggressor for $80 and started biking.
Most of last summer I took the kids trail riding at least 1-3 times a week normally 6-8 miles. The problem, is i took my wife one time just her and I and she had the hardest times doing the tiny hills on the bike. Granted it was her 1st ride since being a kid but being a beach cruiser made it that much harder.
Since her 1st ride was so brutal, it's been impossible to get her on a bike again. I've started looking for a multispeed bike to make it easier but she is soo picky about styles and colors! She hates the look of mountain bikes so they are out.
I was going to order her the schwinn discovery 700c off of amazon for $250 and have a local shop put it together for $70. I read somewhere here that doing that is a slap in the bike shops face. I took my wife by the shop and the store sells mostly raleighs and showed her the venture city with 7 speeds for $280.
My question is, will 7 speeds be enough for her? Is this a good enough bike for a very casual rider and good enough to get her to fall in love with the trails like me and the kids?
I really hope the right bike will get her to crave riding like us!
Also is the Raleigh a much better buy than the schwinn, or are they about the same?