Knowing my girlfriend as i do, i reckon she'll only ever do local park and country road lanes at best (maybe the occasional towpath) and would have no interest in what we would generally call 'proper' mountainbiking so i realise rides with her will just be a bit of time spent together in the sunshine at a more than relaxed pace and no doubt stopping for tea every 500 yards. I have no intention of pushing her too far at all.
If i'm brutally honest i quite like the time alone (or with riding buddies) away from her so i don't know how i'd feel if she actually got really into it (although it would be pretty cool i guess).
I've just got back from Decathlon and Halfords and there was nothing inspiring in either. LBS had a nice GT but at £460 the budget is starting to creep up from the Spesh at £360 (which seems the best value out there at the moment).
If i buy the spesh then i reckon i could get back a good chunk of the original cost if i sold it again in the classifieds/ebay within the first year?