I started riding late summer of 2006 and was hooked right away. I've picked up several new bikes along the way and now have a N+3 stable of roads bikes and mountain bikes. Lately, for some reason, I have been approached by many friends and family about biking...how to get started, how far do you go, do you wear the tight spandex shorts? My son in-law has been hinting for some time he wants to start riding so while they were out visiting a few weeks ago I hooked him up with my old Trek 4300 to take back to Arizona with him and try riding before he makes a purchase. We spent an hour or so setting the seat height and getting the pedals that he liked best on it, making sure it was tuned up so it wouldn't give him any trouble etc. The Trek is a 19.5" and too big for me really, and he is an inch shorter than me so I knew it wasn't a perfect fit but it would give him an idea about riding. A few days later the questions start coming...about grips, seats, what size bike should I get? Hey cool!! Another one gets bitten, and he's got it good. Even in the AZ heat he's out riding every evening. I can tell he'll be on a road bike in 6 months...he's already got an eye for my Madone...had to smack that notion out of his head.
About the same time my wife and I were talking to my youngest and only child still at home (16 boy) about getting more active, finding something that you will want to do and keep you fit. He says "like riding a bike?" Yeah, that would work. So we went to the LBS and started looking at MTB and got him an entry level Trek that fits him. While we were there I noticed my wife looking at some of the womens bikes. Now we have been down this road before with her and exercise equipment so I wasn't too worried yet, but two days ago she starts hinting that she wants to ride too. I'm telling her about how you have to actually get on the bike to get the benefits etc. and it occurred to me that a good quality bike might actually be a better idea than another treadmill or whatever. And she has become much more health conscience in the last couple of years so off we went to the LBS again. When we walked in I knew we were going home with something, one of the sales people at the LBS is a very knowledgeable double century type woman in her 40's and she is coming over to help. My wife says she wants something in red...the lady shows her several bikes and insists we go to the parking lot and have a test ride on several. My wife decides that red isn't as important as something that fits her (thanks again to the sales lady) and picks out a Trek WSD 3900
We get her some shorts and helmet, gloves etc...all the stuff you need, and now we start riding as a family. WOW! I can't believe it!!
I thought there was a woman's section to BF but I was wrong...are there any woman specific forums that some of the ladies out there might suggest? I sure hope she gets bitten hard with this one...she would look sweet on a road bike someday.