I'm no bike expert, but we ride. Without knowing more, it's hard to make a solid determination as to what kind would best suit you, but the country livinng and gravel roads suggest a Mountain Bike. Now, a gravel road isn't a mountain-So, I would suggest an entry level aluminum hardail frame. You will get a front shock to absorb some of the bumps, but none for the rear-Not a problem on roads, and light trails like we have here in the OKC area.
One thing I would caution, is do NOT buy a bike from a big box store-They are cheaper for a reason, and the long term costs of ownership will eat up that savings quick. Most bike shops won't even work on them. I suggest a Trek 3 series 3500. Around $300-$350, decent components, backed by one of the largest bike brands in the US. Bike shops that sell them almost always offer lifetime adjustments-Bring it back when something needs work on the gears, etc, and they'll take care of it. You can also find similar bikes from Diamondback, Specialized, Fuji, raleigh, etc. Bottom line is, as long as you buy from a reputable bike shop who knows their business, they will fit you to the bike you need. I can recommend Als Bikes in OKC (several Locations) and also a few others I hit up for parts etc around the metro and Tulsa.
We ride a Trek 3700 and a Diamondback Topanga, son has a Raleigh Mt. Scout. Feel free to contact us off post we'll be happy to help. There are some GREAT trail systems for Mt Bikes around the state, be happy to point you in their direction.
Travis and Annie
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> I really need some info, no bike shops here and I know some of you have mentioned riding bikes. We are wanting to get a couple and have no clue what brand or price range to get a decent pair. Just wanting for recreation or exercise mainly when not using the kayaks or horses. Any info would be much appreciated. We live on a rough gravel rural road and would have to ride there or at the lakes. Thanks, Jo