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
Wald 215 rack $25.00 with 2 Wald 582 Folding Rear Baskets $46.00
Front/Rear Light Planet Bike Beamer 1 Lightset $30.00
Pump Floor and Bike $60.00
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?