Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 39
  1. #1
    Senior Member Kanegon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Brooklyn
    My Bikes
    Puch mongrel, Raleigh GP, Centurion Lemans RS, Centurion Facet
    Posts
    352
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    CV for a city gal

    I'm trying to get my wife to ride again. She used to ride when we first met, but not in a very long time. Her last bike was a Fisher Tassajara and she hated its weight and handling. I've mulled getting a new hybrid, but most are overpriced and phugly. I think it's the perfect chance to turn her onto CV, but I've gotta get it right on the first try.

    I know she appreciates classic design so a little bling could go a long way in rekindling her interest. She's into Italian bags (as in Purse Forum) so I'm seeing that as another possible entree. At this phase I'd just like to get a sense of what's out there, honestly, I have no idea what it would look like. I'd love to show her a picture of something drop-dead gorgeous that would point us in the right direction.

    Oh yeah, she's rather petite so it's gotta come in "small". Maybe a 650... show me your favorites!
    Last edited by Kanegon; 01-09-12 at 01:16 PM.

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    NW Arkansas
    My Bikes
    Too many to count
    Posts
    753
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You didn't say what kind of riding? i am very biased. I have an old Trek
    Multi Track. Fitted with 21 speed Shimano and 700Cx28's. Kind of the best
    of both worlds and a joy to ride. I have had it less than a year and way over
    9000 miles so far. Just recently made it a "new" bike.

    This is a 15" frame with an extra long seat post and the fit is perfect for
    me. With the seat dropped, the neighbor girl has ridden it some, she is
    5'3". You might want to add shorter cranks?



    It is a $40 yard sale find. I am in it now just at $600. I know I am way over
    in the bike, but I have had a couple good offers on it and it is not for sale
    at any price!

    All the components are new old stock from the LBS. The tires were new
    take offs. All new bearings, brakes, cables, housings, BB. The wheels were
    hand built.
    Last edited by BHOFM; 01-09-12 at 02:19 PM.

  3. #3
    Wookie Jesus inspires me. Puget Pounder's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Seattle, WA
    Posts
    2,225
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Older rigid MTBs/hybrids are the ticket. They are cheap and extremely versatile. Cheap enough that you can fix one up to how she likes it and won't lose very much money if she decides biking isn't for her. Versatile because they can fit fatty tires and have clearance and braze-ons. I wouldn't do the 650B route as an experiment... I'd do it as a keeper.

  4. #4
    incazzare. lostarchitect's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Brooklyn, NY
    My Bikes
    See sig
    Posts
    4,093
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    What about a classy mixte? You could get her a Peugeot for cheap and bling it up to your heart's content! You're in Brooklyn, right? I see them all the time on the local CL. If you need any help with anything, let me know.
    1964 JRJ (Bob Jackson) San Remo Plus, 1989 Trek 520, 2000ish Colian (Colin Laing), 2013 Velo Orange Pass Hunter

  5. #5
    Collector of Useless Info
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    1,281
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    +1 on the classic mixte. I found my wife a garage-queen 1975 Raleigh Supercourse mixte, that I converted to 700c wheels with 32 mm tires, north-road bars, 9-speed triple. She absolutely loves it. I'm shopping for a basket or porteur rack for the front now. They make mixtes as small as 48 cm- maybe one of those Bianchi or gazelle swoopy-mixtes?

  6. #6
    Steel is real, baby! frpax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Tempe, AZ
    My Bikes
    1987 Basso Gap; 1987 Specialized Sirrus; 1990 Miyata 721A
    Posts
    2,527
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Kanegon View Post
    She used to ride when we first met, but not in a very long time.
    My wife used to a lot of things when we first met. But not in a VERY long time either!

  7. #7
    Senior Member Kanegon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Brooklyn
    My Bikes
    Puch mongrel, Raleigh GP, Centurion Lemans RS, Centurion Facet
    Posts
    352
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm thinking cycle path and some light shopping. Not leaving it locked for 3 hours in front of Century21 or downtown. I like the idea of modding an older nonsuspension MTB, but I think she'd like a little more style, you know ... lugs and Euro stickers. I've yet to see a mixte that looks as good as my Centurion or Raleigh. Most seem to be mid 70s with cottered cranks and stem shifters. Not even sure how she'd like a real woman's frame (hence slant top hybrid?), but I just figure if she saw one that was pretty enough she'd go for it. Peugot and Bianchi might rank higher here, but did Bianchi make one in Celeste with low/slant/mixte frame? Not asking for Campy but a shiny forged crank and brakes would help. Do they exist? Definitely urban cockpit, rack and fenders.

  8. #8
    Senior Member Kanegon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Brooklyn
    My Bikes
    Puch mongrel, Raleigh GP, Centurion Lemans RS, Centurion Facet
    Posts
    352
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by cycle_maven View Post
    +1 on the classic mixte. I found my wife a garage-queen 1975 Raleigh Supercourse mixte, that I converted to 700c wheels with 32 mm tires, north-road bars, 9-speed triple. She absolutely loves it. I'm shopping for a basket or porteur rack for the front now. They make mixtes as small as 48 cm- maybe one of those Bianchi or gazelle swoopy-mixtes?
    Love to see it!

  9. #9
    Senior Member Kanegon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Brooklyn
    My Bikes
    Puch mongrel, Raleigh GP, Centurion Lemans RS, Centurion Facet
    Posts
    352
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Puget Pounder View Post
    Older rigid MTBs/hybrids are the ticket. They are cheap and extremely versatile. Cheap enough that you can fix one up to how she likes it and won't lose very much money if she decides biking isn't for her. Versatile because they can fit fatty tires and have clearance and braze-ons. I wouldn't do the 650B route as an experiment... I'd do it as a keeper.
    I almost bought myself a mid 90s Kona once, but it was too small. Wasn't thinking of her at the time, she had that damn Tassajara! I think 90% of the so-called hard tails that have rolled off assembly lines have never been on a single-track course. We sold the Tass after it sat for three years... I almost cannibalized it for parts.

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    210
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    What about a Raleigh Sports or the equivalent from Craigs? They're always popping up and they clean up pretty nice if they're not too beat-up to start. That's what I ride as my everyday bike and I notice a fair number of women on them as well. There are also a bunch of those Linus bikes out there- which are pretty similar.
    A nice 3-speed would be a good starting point, just hop on and ride. Later she could trade up to a Bianchi celeste-green 7speed w/IGH if she got hooked.
    What sort of bike does she see herself on (if any)? When I'm walking around town I always notice what people are riding and think to myself, "ugh, not for me", or, "nice ride!" I think you should point out bikes being ridden and see what she likes.

    cheers, good luck
    Joe, NYC

  11. #11
    Senior Member randyjawa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada - burrrrr!
    My Bikes
    1982 Tomassini, 1963 Peugeot PX10, and eight special issue Canadian lightweights...
    Posts
    5,587
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    This is the only small framed bike that is hanging in The Old Shed at the moment...


    Would she be interested in something of Mixte design like this old Chiorda I built for a lady a while ago...


    Or this converted Miele for another lady...


    Or this old Steve Bauer for another lady...


    The possibilities are as many as your ideas, when it comes to personalizing a bicycle. However, small frame sets are hard to find and often times pricey.
    Learn how to find, restore and maintain vintage road bicycles at... MY "TEN SPEEDS"

  12. #12
    Senior Member Kanegon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Brooklyn
    My Bikes
    Puch mongrel, Raleigh GP, Centurion Lemans RS, Centurion Facet
    Posts
    352
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by randyjawa View Post
    Would she be interested in something of Mixte design like this old Chiorda I built for a lady a while ago...


    The possibilities are as many as your ideas, when it comes to personalizing a bicycle. However, small frame sets are hard to find and often times pricey.
    Yes, that looks great! How come they (mixtes) don't all look like this?

  13. #13
    Senior Member squirtdad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    San Jose (Willow Glen) Ca
    My Bikes
    '89 Miyata 1400, '82 nishiski (current utilty/commuter project)
    Posts
    3,208
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Kanegon View Post
    I'm thinking cycle path and some light shopping. Not leaving it locked for 3 hours in front of Century21 or downtown. I like the idea of modding an older nonsuspension MTB, but I think she'd like a little more style, you know ... lugs and Euro stickers. I've yet to see a mixte that looks as good as my Centurion or Raleigh. Most seem to be mid 70s with cottered cranks and stem shifters. Not even sure how she'd like a real woman's frame (hence slant top hybrid?), but I just figure if she saw one that was pretty enough she'd go for it. Peugot and Bianchi might rank higher here, but did Bianchi make one in Celeste with low/slant/mixte frame? Not asking for Campy but a shiny forged crank and brakes would help. Do they exist? Definitely urban cockpit, rack and fenders.
    how about a classic 3 speed or similar?

    and just a quick search of the brooklyn craigs list provides a wide bunch of possibles from 3 speeds on

    sounds like fun

    http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/bik/2740332899.html

    http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/bik/2785049328.html
    http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/bik/2791438584.html

    http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/bik/2790431987.html

    http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/bik/2790707583.html

    http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/bik/2789849708.html

    http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/bik/2789721735.html

    http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/bik/2789128716.html

    http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/bik/2767708421.html
    '82 Nishiski commuter/utility
    '83 Torpado Super Strada ... cafe commuter
    '89 Miyata 1400
    Soma rush Fixie
    '78 Univega gran turismo (son's Fixie/SS)
    06 Haro x3 (son's bmx)
    Electra cruiser (wife's bike)

    looking for: De Rosa 58cm ELOS frame and fork internal cable routing

  14. #14
    Senior Member randyjawa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada - burrrrr!
    My Bikes
    1982 Tomassini, 1963 Peugeot PX10, and eight special issue Canadian lightweights...
    Posts
    5,587
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Yes, that looks great! How come they (mixtes) don't all look like this?
    They do, but ya gotta find just the right tree to put behind them;-)

    How about this one - my favorite Mixte to enter The Old Shed - sorry about the poor choice of tree..;-(
    Learn how to find, restore and maintain vintage road bicycles at... MY "TEN SPEEDS"

  15. #15
    Senior Member JayBlurr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Beantown
    My Bikes
    Fuji S12-S, Puegeot Tour De Monde, Maruishi Road Ace 303, Raleigh Wyoming Touring
    Posts
    287
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My gal just got into CV, she saw all my bikes come from the ground up she wanted one, plus she saw how far i ride and how much fun i was having. Picked this up for her for $5 of CL, butted, CroMo, Alloys, all it needed was a tune up and a good cleaning. Good luck getting your girl on a bike again, get her a small road bike, put some mustache bars and some 27x1 3/8 gum walls for a soft ride. I didn't want to get my GF a cruiser or a mixte because they are bulky and we live in a 3rd floor

    "Planing another ride soon to somewhere unknown"
    |'83 Raleigh Wyoming Touring|'78 Peugeot UO9|

  16. #16
    Senior Member Kanegon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Brooklyn
    My Bikes
    Puch mongrel, Raleigh GP, Centurion Lemans RS, Centurion Facet
    Posts
    352
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by squirtdad View Post
    how about a classic 3 speed or similar?

    and just a quick search of the brooklyn craigs list provides a wide bunch of possibles from 3 speeds on

    sounds like fun
    I cut my teeth on three speeds, it was a Phillips woman's frame that got me started on bikes! I even rebuilt a few Sturmey hubs. Hmmm, maybe a Sturmey 5 speed... But as elegant as they are, we need gears to deal with the hills in my area and the wind is pretty intense on the bike path next to the bay --- even the crotch rocket guys seem to use their granny gears. Man, what's with those prices!
    Last edited by Kanegon; 01-09-12 at 05:14 PM.

  17. #17
    Old fart JohnDThompson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Appleton WI
    My Bikes
    Several, mostly not name brands.
    Posts
    12,332
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Kanegon View Post
    I know she appreciates classic design so a little bling could go a long way in rekindling her interest. She's into Italian bags (as in Purse Forum) so I'm seeing that as another possible entree. At this phase I'd just like to get a sense of what's out there, honestly, I have no idea what it would look like. I'd love to show her a picture of something drop-dead gorgeous that would point us in the right direction.

    Oh yeah, she's rather petite so it's gotta come in "small". Maybe a 650... show me your favorites!
    Favorites? Ok: http://umbertodei.it/index.php?optio...mid=99&lang=en



    Might be more than you want to spend, though...

  18. #18
    Senior Member squirtdad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    San Jose (Willow Glen) Ca
    My Bikes
    '89 Miyata 1400, '82 nishiski (current utilty/commuter project)
    Posts
    3,208
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Kanegon View Post
    I cut my teeth on three speeds, it was a Phillips woman's frame that got me started on bikes! I even rebuilt a few Sturmey hubs. Hmmm, maybe a Sturmey 5 speed... But as elegant as they are, we need gears to deal with the hills in my area and the wind is pretty intense on the bike path next to the bay --- even the crotch rocket guys seem to use their granny gears. Man, what's with those prices!
    I forgot brooklyn has hillls...... it has been many years but I did my riding in Manhattan when I was in the coast guard.

    I kinda of like the blue univega in this one. Price does not seem terrible.


    http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/bik/2740332899.html
    '82 Nishiski commuter/utility
    '83 Torpado Super Strada ... cafe commuter
    '89 Miyata 1400
    Soma rush Fixie
    '78 Univega gran turismo (son's Fixie/SS)
    06 Haro x3 (son's bmx)
    Electra cruiser (wife's bike)

    looking for: De Rosa 58cm ELOS frame and fork internal cable routing

  19. #19
    WNG
    WNG is offline
    Spin Forest! Spin! WNG's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Arrid Zone-a
    My Bikes
    I used to have many. And I Will again.
    Posts
    5,901
    Mentioned
    25 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Fit is the priority, then the style/color. Finally ease of use.

    My wife is around 5'3.5", needs a small frame. She has a 16" '99 GT Slipstream cruiser/hybrid that she loves. I tried to give her a do-it-all mtb but she hated it. Wrong to start off with a bike that expects rider experience and skill. It doesn't inspire confidence or motivation if she doesn't like the bike for whatever reason.
    After 2 failed attempts, the GT had the look and set up she found easy to ride. It was fun, and that's what it took.

    Since then, she's chosen a 48-50cm Schwinn Super Le Tour for herself, open to the idea of a 15.5" Specialized Rockhopper mtb (which is basically identical to her first mtb), and claimed a 16.5" Bianchi hybrid I came home with. It's her size, very pretty, and she wants it converted to CX like one I had done for myself! I guess she has contracted N+1.



    Last edited by WNG; 01-09-12 at 06:54 PM.
    “You meet the nicest people on two wheels!"
    "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." ~Albert Einstein

  20. #20
    Senior Member Grand Bois's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Pinole, CA, USA
    Posts
    15,082
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I built this for my wife. She loves it.





    I paid $25 for the frame, and a small fortune on Shimano 600 and 600 Tricolor parts, but she's worth it.
    Last edited by Grand Bois; 01-09-12 at 07:09 PM.

  21. #21
    Senior Member Kanegon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Brooklyn
    My Bikes
    Puch mongrel, Raleigh GP, Centurion Lemans RS, Centurion Facet
    Posts
    352
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Gripshifters and Thumbies seem like important clues. Thanks! More lady bike smut please!
    Last edited by Kanegon; 01-09-12 at 07:33 PM.

  22. #22
    Senior Member Kanegon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Brooklyn
    My Bikes
    Puch mongrel, Raleigh GP, Centurion Lemans RS, Centurion Facet
    Posts
    352
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Bois View Post
    I built this for my wife. She loves it.





    I paid $25 for the frame, and a small fortune on Shimano 600 and 600 Tricolor parts, but she's worth it.
    That's actually a very nice setup, took a second glance. Color coordination, why I didn't think of that? Wait a minute. Are those barcons you mounted on the handlebar?

  23. #23
    Senior Member brianinc-ville's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Greenville, NC
    Posts
    732
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Italian, eh? My wife rides this 1961 (or maybe 62) Atala, which was originally bought new by my mom. Horrible paint job by my uncle in the 1970s, but otherwise it's an absolute dream and an excellent fast-yet-semi-upright urban bike. Original Campy hubs with Sun rims and wide hybrid-ish tires (can't remember what they are, right now); Nitto mustache bars.




    But if you've got money to spend, how about a Bella Ciao Neorealista with a Nexus 7-speed?
    Not, strictly speaking, C&V, but nobody else will know that. Distributed in the US by Boxcycles.


  24. #24
    Senior Member Grand Bois's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Pinole, CA, USA
    Posts
    15,082
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Kanegon View Post
    That's actually a very nice setup, took a second glance. Color coordination, why I didn't think of that? Wait a minute. Are those barcons you mounted on the handlebar?
    Yes. Seven speed indexed. The mounts are Suntour. A bit of modification/fabrication was involved, but nothing you can't do with a drill and hand tools.

    Last edited by Grand Bois; 01-09-12 at 08:05 PM.

  25. #25
    Senior Member southpawboston's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Somerville, MA and Catskill Mtns
    My Bikes
    '71 Mercian, '72 Jeunet, '82 Jack Taylor, '13 Rawland
    Posts
    3,523
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I built this new Soma Mixte frame into a 650B city bike for my wife. I wanted to go with a C&V frame, but 1) it's impossible to find vintage mixte frames as large as she'd need, and 2) she wanted something new... Soma makes a 58cm mixte frame, so new was the way to go for us. But I made it as classic as possible, given the constraints of what she wanted:



    It has since seen the addition of a front wicker basket.
    Last edited by southpawboston; 01-09-12 at 09:01 PM.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •