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    Mettle to the Pedals Dewbert's Avatar
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    Giant Suede...Happy wife, happy me!

    Just want to spread the happiness. My wife: one who has NEVER understood my interest in cycling, nor enjoyed even a short ride around the block has surprised me. We went to a spring cycling expo at our LBS. She rode one of the new Giant Suede comfort bikes and liked it. I bought it for her and on her first ride, we rode about three miles together. When I was ready to load up the bikes (we drove to a subdivision for her first ride), she said "you go ahead and take your bike and the truck back....I think I'll ride my new bike home" That was another two miles! So, my wife, who has never wanted to ride, did 5 miles on her first ride!

    Now the best news: She's trying to find ways to sneak little 20-30 minute rides in after work. I do believe the girl's been bitten!

    Wheeeee hawwwwwww!
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    Word to the wise...
    Don't smoke her on the hills, and don't constantly tell her 'the right way' to do things.

    I hope she gets addicted - for both your sakes

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    Yay!

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    Good for her!

    Interesting, because just this past Saturday, my wife took a Suede W (7 spd) for a spin around our LBS's lot. I would like to see her on the Suede DX-w (21 or 24 spd - depending on which piece of Giant '06 literature you view), but she does not like the new wheat paint color..... Oh well, style over function?

    She is a cancer survivor just getting her strength back. A few years back I got her a K2 Rosario (comfort bike), but her weight and bad knees made riding difficult, and it has been parked. The Suede has pedal geometry much like the Electra, and the ability to touch the ground flatfooted yet get the leg extended a bit more when pedaling is what she needs right now.

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    That's a nice story, Dewbert. But you are now on notice that one day you will find your wife surfing the net to see what a new, custom ti, Record-equipped bike would cost....

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    Congratulations of your wife getting into cycling ....x2 on not smoking her on the hills, and do give her pointers on how to climb better (body position and such) because it takes the longest time to learn to climb without killing oneself.
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    Mettle to the Pedals Dewbert's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fibber
    Good for her!

    <snip>but she does not like the new wheat paint color..... Oh well, style over function?
    Ditto on the wheat color. She think's it's a little ugly...in the E.T. sort of way, I guess. She's got the 21 speed version and she's just a spinnin' up those hills to her heart's content. I rode her bike a little last night. I really don't like the geometry, myself. I guess I spend too much time hunched over in the drops on my roadie. On her bike, I sort of feel like I'm going to fall backwards off the thing, but she loves it, so, I'm just shutin' my mouth and enjoying seeing her on a bike!
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    Phew, I was relieved on second reading of the thread title to see it didn't refer to a giant Swede!
    My wife has always been reluctant to ride with me but lately has been talking about how much progress she has made in a fitness program, that includes a stationary bike, so I'm hoping that will translate into some street or path riding this year.

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