Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 59
  1. #1
    Hwy 40 Blue Hwy 40 Blue's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Golden, Colorado
    My Bikes
    A Bike Friday Pocket Crusoe and a Trek hybrid
    Posts
    208
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Entry-level road bike for my non-biking husband

    OK, I'm the wife and I'm the bike nut in this family. I would like to get hubby back in the saddle to A) lose a few lbs and help his heart and general overall health; B) accompany me on some easier rides; C) have fun!

    Right now he has a really old and heavy mountain bike that he got free from a friend who's six-foot-three. My husband is five-eight. On a tall day. I've told him this bike doesn't fit him, but he smiles and hops on anyway, for 20-30 minutes. In baggy shorts and a baseball cap. What a guy. I love him.

    So, we could do some paved paths and roads if I persuaded (OK, forced) him into an LBS. I am thinking, not a lot of money here. Like, $700 or so. Up to $800. We are not talking crouched over racing position and zillion-dollar components. He is 52. Not real limber. We need comfort position, but not a cruiser bike.

    I am thinking, Giant Sequoia? Some kind of Trek? A Jamis flat-bar? You all are mostly guys in his age range. Whaddaya think?

  2. #2
    Senior Member ?? Beverly's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Englewood,Ohio
    My Bikes
    2007 Trek Madone 5.0 WSD - 2007 Trek 4300 WSD - 2008 Trek 520
    Posts
    5,090
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Hwy 40 Blue

    I am thinking, Giant Sequoia? Some kind of Trek? A Jamis flat-bar? You all are mostly guys in his age range. Whaddaya think?
    In the Trek bikes you might check out their hybrid or fitness lines. The fitness category is similar to the hybrids but lighter. They still have the upright riding position.
    =============================================================
    My cancer updates:
    https://www.mylifeline.org/beverlyow...=myupdates.cfm

    Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
    -- Antonio Smith

  3. #3
    But on the road more MTBLover's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    My Bikes
    Bianchi Volpe '07
    Posts
    863
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If you're looking for a relatively non-agressive road bike, how about a Trek 1000? Oh, and BTW, good for you- props for your efforts (and his)!

  4. #4
    Senior Member doghouse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Middle Tennessee
    My Bikes
    1974 Schwinn Super Sport, 2003 Trek 7500FX and 5500
    Posts
    264
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I have a 7500FX from 2003. I added an adjustable stem and bar ends.
    I liked the forks on the fitness bikes better than the shock absorber front forks on some hybrids.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    My Bikes
    dawes, schwinn, kona
    Posts
    120
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I really like the Jamis Coda line, and I am quite sure there are versions within your stated budget. That being said, I picked up a Kona Dew Deluxe last year ($600) and have been delighted with it. It hangs on the wall of the family room and is always luring me away from cutting the grass, painting, and other stuff I am supposed to be doing! Just have him test ride a few different bikes and pick the one he likes the best.

    Pete

  6. #6
    Banned. The Weak Link's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Post-partisan Paradise
    My Bikes
    GF Wahoo '05, Trek T1000 '04, Lemond Buenos Aires '07
    Posts
    4,936
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Get him a Lemond Buenos Aires. He'll be hooked forever.

    Seriouly, I personally wouldn't get him a Trek 1000. It's not a geezer friendly bike.

    If there is any chance he'll get into roadbiking, I'd get him a Lemond Reno. Great bike for the bucks. Several members of the old goat's forum ride them and love them. They handle a whole lot better than a Trek 1000, IMHO.

  7. #7
    SNARKY MEMBER CardiacKid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    South Austin
    Posts
    2,829
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Hwy 40 Blue
    So, we could do some paved paths and roads if I persuaded (OK, forced) him into an LBS. I am thinking, not a lot of money here. Like, $700 or so. Up to $800. We are not talking crouched over racing position and zillion-dollar components. He is 52. Not real limber. We need comfort position, but not a cruiser bike.

    I am thinking, Giant Sequoia? Some kind of Trek? A Jamis flat-bar? You all are mostly guys in his age range. Whaddaya think?
    Crouched over racing position and zillion dollar components often go hand in hand with being 52. We like our toys. I know a lot of people in their early 50s and older, that ride bikes with fairly aggressive geometry and zillion dollar components. The components on my latest bike only cost 1/2 a zillion. What kind of bike are you riding? If I was your husband, I wouldn't want to be tooling around on a comfort bike if you are in a crouched over racing position. I would recommend you go with something like a Trek 1000 or Giant OCR, that can start out with a fairly conservative setup and then be adjusted as he gets more comfortable. Another alternative would be a cyclo-cross bike like a Bianchi Volpe or a Kona Jake. A touring bike like a Surly LHT might be a good choice. These bikes all look like something a younger person might ride, but are very comfortable.
    Personally I am hoping for an IF Crown Jewel for Father's Day, but I think I am getting a coffee cup

  8. #8
    Senior Member George's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Katy Texas
    My Bikes
    Specialized Roubaix
    Posts
    5,266
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The Jamis Coda is steel and has a flat bar and I think it goes for $500 or $600. You wont believe how smooth it is, good luck.
    George

  9. #9
    Hwy 40 Blue Hwy 40 Blue's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Golden, Colorado
    My Bikes
    A Bike Friday Pocket Crusoe and a Trek hybrid
    Posts
    208
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I think he'd be embarrassed to get aboard a totally upright geezer bike where he can plant his feet flat on the ground while he's in the saddle. Not ready for that. (Not that those aren't fun, too, as I used to have one before I became a biking addict and upgraded). He has a 25-year-old broken-in Brooks saddle and knows Campagnolo. From the old days. It's just that, well, he's a desk jockey and hasn't ridden much in probably 20 years. Now I'm looking at Giant OCR.

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    6,901
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by George
    The Jamis Coda is steel and has a flat bar and I think it goes for $500 or $600. You wont believe how smooth it is, good luck.
    +1 on the Jamis line of bikes.

  11. #11
    Senior Member Terrierman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    SWMO
    Posts
    3,138
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Buy him a Coda in the right frame size and stand by for him to love it. Nice components, steel frame, and an adjustable stem that can move with him as he needs it. I like mine a lot. But I did change bars, I did not like the flat bar that came on the bike. The rest of the bike was really what I wanted though and that is an easy change out. You will not find a comparably priced steel framed bike anywhere.
    It's all downhill from here. Except the parts that are uphill.

  12. #12
    Hwy 40 Blue Hwy 40 Blue's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Golden, Colorado
    My Bikes
    A Bike Friday Pocket Crusoe and a Trek hybrid
    Posts
    208
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Jamis is looking pretty good.....

  13. #13
    Senior Member zonatandem's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    Tucson, AZ
    My Bikes
    ariZona carbon fiber tandem & single
    Posts
    9,996
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Do it TWOgether! Get a used tandem!!!

  14. #14
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    48
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hwy 40 Blue,
    A wild idea ... how about a recumbent. Cycle Genius has a mix of prices and styles ... it doesn't cost anything to look at the website. There are numerous manufacturers of recumbents and various styles. Most are light, quick and have great components. He may even be able to give you a run for your money on one of these bikes.
    Tandem Edge
    PS - I'm your husband height and six years older and my wife and I ride a tandem - Trek 2000. That may be another idea. You never have to wait for him and you can fly on a tandem. My single is a Trek 5700 carbon fiber .... a real "geezer" bike.

  15. #15
    Senior Member Wildwood's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Seattle area
    Posts
    2,510
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Hwy 40 Blue
    OK, I'm the wife and I'm the bike nut in this family. I would like to get hubby back in the saddle We need comfort position, but not a cruiser bike. I am thinking, Giant Sequoia? Some kind of Trek? A Jamis flat-bar? You all are mostly guys in his age range. Whaddaya think?
    Brilliant idea - Let him pick. If he's not into the idea enough to enthusiastically select his own new toy then you are barking up the wrong tree. Maybe he likes to toodle around on the free bike he's riding now. Some of us older guys are like that, we happily enjoy the crap we get free, especially if we think the endeavor isn't worth much expense. That's me and fishing.

    If you don't like my answer then I side with CardiacKid - $5000, Moots road bike with Record.
    '81 Austro Daimler Olympian, '86 Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra, '87 DeRosa Professional, '99 Calfee TetraPro, '03(?) Macalu Cirrus, '04 Tallerico, '97 Co-Motion Tandem

  16. #16
    Senior Member ollo_ollo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Stayton, OR
    My Bikes
    Torelli, Bianchi Trofeo, De Rosa, Specialized Expedition Touring, Colnago Cross, Motobecane Grand Jubile & Grand Record, Miyata 710, 2 Titans, Raleigh Super Course, 3Rensho
    Posts
    3,476
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    "We need comfort position, but not a cruiser bike": Get him to test ride a Bianchi Milano (Cafe Racer). Its well within your budget & that brooks saddle will look great on Celeste! Don
    visit my homebuilding blog: www.monoplanar.blogspot.com

  17. #17
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Chili, NY
    My Bikes
    88 Fisher Gemini tandem, 92 Trek 970, 07 Nashbar Frame, 08 Gary Fisher Paragon
    Posts
    734
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Jamis does make a great bike for the money.

    Take a look at a Trek 7.3 FX or 7.5 FX and see how he likes that. They are fast for an upright bike and a good value too.

    Chris
    A Mess of old bikes...
    92 Trek 970
    08 Gary Fisher Paragon

  18. #18
    Streetfire HopedaleHills's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Slightly Off Center
    My Bikes
    Trek 1200c, BMC Streetfire, Gary Fisher Wahoo
    Posts
    723
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If you are looking for relaxed drop bar bikes take a look at the Trek Pilot 1.2 or Specialized Sequoia also Cannondale makes a bike like that but I can't remember the model R500 maybe.
    Tim
    Singing Do Wah Ditty, Ditty Dum Ditty Do

  19. #19
    But on the road more MTBLover's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    My Bikes
    Bianchi Volpe '07
    Posts
    863
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by The Weak Link
    Seriouly, I personally wouldn't get him a Trek 1000. It's not a geezer friendly bike.
    Yep, I stand corrected, assuming that the Geezer Quotient is high. The Reno's a good choice. So too would the Trek Pilot (which is what I actually mean to suggest through my antihistamine-induced haze )

  20. #20
    Luggite bsyptak's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    1,907
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I think a road bike with drops is going to be a stretch for a guy that doesn't want anymore than a mtb that doesn't fit. There are way too many road bikes hanging indefinitely from the rafters in people's garages.

    Get a reasonably priced hybrid. If he likes it and starts to get into it, sell the hybrid on CL and buy a road bike.

    Since you're in Golden, you're probably aware of craigslist. Might be an option too. I see decent hybrids pretty regularly. Here's an excellent hybrid still available in Evergreen for $125. It's probably early 90s, but it'll be more comfortable than the aluminum hybrids. Similar to a Jamis for 1/4 the cost. Spend a little $ to replace the saddle and tune it up and you're off to the races. Excellent Miyata quality:

    http://denver.craigslist.org/bik/348719024.html

  21. #21
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Md
    My Bikes
    2002 Litespeed Ultimate.....2003 KHS Flite 800......2002 Jamis Quest
    Posts
    155
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Jamis Quest. A few more bucks than what you stated but a good buy. Good geometry for a new roadie. It is one of (4) road bikes I own and the least expensive. I STILL go back to it often because I do love the comfort. Ive owned it for 6 years and not one moment of trouble. This is just one opinion, of course there are many other selections that would fit the bill. Good Luck!! You may not remember, but we ran into one another at last year's Sante Fe century.

  22. #22
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Toronto & Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada
    My Bikes
    Ellsworth Id
    Posts
    964
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm on a Trek 7.5fx, it's OK but not great. My wife has a Trek 7300 that she hates, but loves her Opus flat bar roadie. It combines an 12-25 cog set with a triple chain ring with a 52T bigie, unlike both Treks that have an 11-32 and a 48T big chain ring

    Very similar to the Specialized Sirrus, but better
    Attached Images Attached Images

  23. #23
    Luggite bsyptak's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    1,907
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Chipcom reminded me of another great suggestion. Bianchi Strada. And you're lucky, you can steal one at Bicycle Village as they have a bunch of last year's model they are blowing out. Boulder had 5 or 6 a few weeks ago, and the Denver (Aurora?) store has a few. Call for sizes. They have the 06s marked down to either $549 or $499. Excellent bike. Good looking. Steel.

    This is a hybrid that's just waiting to be converted to a road bike when and if your husband desires. All it will require is drop bars and brifters.

    http://www.bianchiusa.com/06_strada.html

  24. #24
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Brighton, UK
    My Bikes
    Rocky Mountain Solo, Specialised Sirrus Triple (quick road tourer), Santana Arriva Tandem
    Posts
    1,546
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by ang1sgt
    Jamis does make a great bike for the money.

    Take a look at a Trek 7.3 FX or 7.5 FX and see how he likes that. They are fast for an upright bike and a good value too.

    Chris
    My biking wife loves her trek 7.5. She also loved the look, but not the riding, of a trek pilot - even though the frame and componentry are similar to the fx and the pilot is a less extreme riding position than a more conventional road bike, she was far more immediately at home on the 7.5 fx. And she's a bit quick on it too!

    We got it and my older steel road specialised boxed up this afternoon, ready for a trip from London to Copenhagen. I'm counting the minutes - whee!

    Best wishes for whatever you purchase. If you know what's what in bikes, why not take the responsibility away and choose one (even if it comes out of the joint account!). Most blokes hate decisions and love presents (or is that just me?)

  25. #25
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Toronto & Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada
    My Bikes
    Ellsworth Id
    Posts
    964
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by wobblyoldgeezer
    If you know what's what in bikes, why not take the responsibility away and choose one (even if it comes out of the joint account!). Most blokes hate decisions and love presents (or is that just me?)
    Nothing better than a gift that doesn't fit...wife is still ticked that the jacket she bought me had to be exchanged...

Page 1 of 3 123 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
  •