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Old 05-14-08, 11:55 AM   #1
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Utility Bike for the Ex.

My ex has been feeling the squeeze at the pumps. I was trying to figure out how much it would cost for her to get on the road in a better manner.

She has not really been on a bike since I've known her. She says she would prefer a pedal forward design so that she can put her feet down at stops. I'm not sure if a Giant Suede or Electra Townie are within the budget.

I imagine that most of her riding would be utility riding. Shopping and errands and a minor possibility of carrying her JRT and toy poodle to the nearby park. She lives in the desert, most of her riding would be on flat, wide roads with the biggest hill being a freeway overpass. There are many shops within two miles.

I assume that she will have to learn to fix a flat, but that most other repairs will be done at her local LBS.

I've been trying to think of everything she would need to get started and get a estimate on it.

Women's Giant Simple Seven $330.00

Bell Vela Helmet $45.00

Blackburn Trail Rack $30.00 and Avenir Metro Panniers $40.00 or Avenir Metro Shopping Pannier $40.00
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Wald 215 rack $25.00 with 2 Wald 582 Folding Rear Baskets $46.00

Lock $40.00

Front/Rear Light Planet Bike Beamer 1 Lightset $30.00

Bungee

Pump Floor and Bike $60.00

Tubes $7.00

Park Tool Bicycle Tire & Tube Repair Kit - TR-1 $5.00

Craftsman Wrench Set $60.00

LCI Road 1 course $50.00

The accessories cost more than the bike!

Have I forgotten anything? Any ideas or comments? Is this the best bang for the buck?
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Old 05-14-08, 12:41 PM   #2
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My ex has been feeling the squeeze at the pumps. I was trying to figure out how much it would cost for her to get on the road in a better manner.


The accessories cost more than the bike!

Have I forgotten anything? Any ideas or comments? Is this the best bang for the buck?
one important accessory you have forgotten is the tow rope. Give her a couple of months and she will be disapearing into the distance so something to get a tow with would be a definite must.
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For my ex I would buy the heaviest, ill-fitting, Wally-World POS bike I could find. I'd probably also soak the chain in an acid bath for a day or two, after cleaning off every trace of lube. And for good measure, I'd adjust the brakes so they drag just a little bit.


Question: why are you spending time thinking about/helping your ex? That's unnatural.
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For my ex I would buy the heaviest, ill-fitting, Wally-World POS bike I could find. I'd probably also soak the chain in an acid bath for a day or two, after cleaning off every trace of lube. And for good measure, I'd adjust the brakes so they drag just a little bit.


Question: why are you spending time thinking about/helping your ex? That's unnatural.
+10,000 except I wouldn't be this nice.
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Question: why are you spending time thinking about/helping your ex? That's unnatural.
Not to everyone After all, in many cases that ex is still your kid's parent.
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The accessories cost more than the bike!
So get a more expensive bike.
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Old 05-14-08, 02:34 PM   #7
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I know a woman whose ex-husband and current boyfriend (unconnected to the divorce) together helped her move. I thought that was rather civilized. The ex-husband then moved closer to her new house to be closer to the children. They all seem to get along rather well.
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Yeah, just because you can't live together, doesn't mean you can't be friends. Sometimes a little distance is the key to successful relationships.
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Old 05-16-08, 03:58 PM   #11
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The Giant Suede (7 speed) I bought last year was about the same price as the cruiser (Giant Simple 7). both are great bikes as far as I'm concerned. Love the stylishness of the Simple 7. I ended up with the Suede because of the pedals/crank forward and the fact that I have to ride on washboard dirt roads to get to the pavement. Love being able to get my foot down fast - has saved me from some falls. If I lived where everything was paved, I might have picked the cruiser because it's got that classic look.
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