A few years ago, my wife wanted a new bicycle. I had a pair of tall Schwinn Continentals that I had bought new in 1973 and they were just like brand new whe we got married in 93' the first wife didn't like hers because of the bar just like my new SWAMBO didn't like the one I had for her. Any way SWAMBO was just going to go and get a woman's trail bike from WalMart and call it good. I told he that the bikes from WalMart wouldn't last as we are both big tall people.
That kind of ended the discussion for about 8 months or so, until one day she called me from work telling me to look up a new bike invented by a man from Logan Ia. It seems that my wife's patient was getting one of these new bikes from her son she was in her 60's as a gift, as her son was best friends with the inventor.
Long story short, we ended getting two of them. semi recumbent, 21 speed, large seat, back rest, low bar to step through.
We have now had them for 6-7 years and have been very happy with them.
Here is a link. http://www.day6bicycles.com/contact.html
After two hip replacement surgeries a year ago, I have been unable to walk well, and have lost a lot of thigh strength. 3 Weeks ago, I started riding around St Paul, NE, nice concrete flat streets and almost no traffic at 7AM.
Thanks to the comfortable seat and back rest, my thigh muscles are coming back quickly.
The biggest thing I like about them is that you don't have to ride leaning forward resting your weight on your wrists and palms of your hands.