Hi . . . my wife and I would like to buy bikes to ride with our preschoolers who just got their first bikes and want us to ride with them. We are looking mainly for bikes to ride around the neighborhood and a few of the parks around us that have paved paths. I have been looking for used bikes without success and have been to a few local LBS and would like your opinion on what I am considering. . .
For me, I want to get a bike that I can also use to commute to work. My ride will include sidewalk and street as we live in the suburbs and there are some very unfriendly stretches for bikes on my way. I would also like a bike that can do some dirt and gravel paths, no real off road though.
My wife wants a cruiser or comfort bike as she is only interested in riding with the kids *for now*. But I would like to see her on something that can do some longer path rides when she is ready.
So for myself I am looking at a Trek Verve 1 or 2 or a DS 1 or 2. For my wife we are looking at a Trek Shift 1 or 2 or an Electra Townie 7. Trek is the way we are looking right now due to a current financing offer.
Any suggestions are appreciated.