I thought I would post this belated story so it may save someone time and money. When I first started riding five months ago my on a bike my brother gave me we bought a Mt. Bike off craigslist for my wife. We soon discovered that her hands kept going numb as well as one foot, she was slow and quickly tired. After reading online and learning a bit more we stopped by the LBS looking for a bike that fit my wife. Mostly riding for fitness and fresh air rarely more than and hour or so. They quickly directed her to a hybrid, Specialized Globe Carmel series. After riding four different bikes and not looking at the price she chose the one that "felt" the most comfortable. This was a Carmel 1. Although the 3 was the fastest, and she liked them all, she kept going back to the ride of the 1. The transformation was amazing. She no longer has any problems with numbness, speed, and can ride as long as we have evening daylight. Now we ride together every chance we can.