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Old 12-10-06, 06:22 AM   #1
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Bike as a gift

How can I buy my wife a bike for Christmas (She has asked for one)? Doesn't she need to choose her own and get fitted properly?

To those of you who have done this before; How does one go about buying a bike, without actually buying a bike?
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You go by the local bike shops (LBS), get some brochures, and put a note in the box that says you're going shopping the day after Christmas. You may have to explain to her the importance of a proper fitting. And of course, give her some sort of budget. Don't forget about all the accessories like shoes and clothing or accessories. But most of all, have fun!

My wife has a X-mart bike, but it suits her fine as she doesn't ride much except short family rides on fairly flat trails, in good weather.
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You go by the local bike shops (LBS), get some brochures, and put a note in the box that says you're going shopping the day after Christmas. You may have to explain to her the importance of a proper fitting. And of course, give her some sort of budget. Don't forget about all the accessories like shoes and clothing or accessories. But most of all, have fun!
+1 Let her test ride some bikes and choose the one she likes...if you want her to actually ride it.
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How can I buy my wife a bike for Christmas (She has asked for one)? Doesn't she need to choose her own and get fitted properly?

To those of you who have done this before; How does one go about buying a bike, without actually buying a bike?

Buy a small inexpensive girls bike, Give it to her with a big red bow and a card telling her this represents the bike she will get after Christmas and the two of you will be donating this one to (name local charity here) on the way to get her fitted for her bike

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Buy a small inexpensive girls bike, Give it to her with a big red bow and a card telling her this represents the bike she will get after Christmas and the two of you will be donating this one to (name local charity here) on the way to get her fitted for her bike

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This is an excellent idea.

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I did the following once as a gift for a class I was not sure my wife would go for:

They had an intro session to check the whole thing out, so I got her a visa gift card for the amount of the class, and scheduled an appointment for her. I told her to take the intro session, and if she liked it, the class was paid for. If she didn't, she could use the gift card to buy whatever she wanted.

It worked out well.
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There are some nice ideas here. Thank you.
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it was easy for me. She wanted a urban bike for her last birthday. It is good for local rides up to maybe 20 miles roundtrip. I do not find city bikes that comfortable, but thats what she wanted. Well, it is good for commuting to school, stores, etc.
I'd love to need to buy her a high end bike that requires a professional fitting. that will take awhile.
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efolsom -- that is an excellent idea on all fronts. Gets the job done and wins you collateral points as well.
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efolsom -- that is an excellent idea on all fronts. Gets the job done and wins you collateral points as well.

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