I am looking for a bike for my wife and was hoping this group might be able to help.
We are looking to keep a budget of close to $500. My wife hasn't been on a bike for 20 years and is looking to get one so that we can ride around together. She is looking for an easy ride (not comfort bike, definitely hybrid) as most of our rides would be road and some trails. She is petite (5' and slim) and so we would like a bike that isn't too heavy. She is not looking for long distance rides, but rather a bike that she can enjoy when we go cycling together or as a family around our neighbourhood with our two young children.
So far we have narrowed it down to 2. The Norco VFR4 ($475) and the Specialized Vita ($625). What are your thoughts? Are there any other bikes we should consider?