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Old 04-19-06, 12:27 PM   #1
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Women's hybrid bike - ideas?

Hi all,

Has anyone got any tips for a good women's hybrid? I haven't go much of a budget - up to 250.

Looking for somwthing good quality, lightweight. Couldn't care less about suspension.

Thanks!
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Old 04-19-06, 12:41 PM   #2
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My GF loves her Raliegh Route One, which is more of a flat-barred road bike. The Trek 7.3 FX Women's is also a good choice, geared more like a hybrid than a road bike.
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Old 04-20-06, 06:53 AM   #3
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Thanks. Yeah, the Trek 7.3 FX looks nice. Bit out of my budget, maybe.
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Thanks for the help.

So, we have been shopping around, trying to get value for our money. Here are the 5 "front runners"

http://www.awcycles.co.uk/products.p...=m1b120s18p167

http://www.bonthronebikes.co.uk/516-24006

http://www.bonthronebikes.co.uk/21-23324

http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=85262

http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=85109

If anyone has any comments, do let me know. Have I picked any "duds"?
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My wife likes her Terry Susan B. She is just under 5 feet tall and they make an 11 inch frame which she is comfortable riding.
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Thanks for the help.

So, we have been shopping around, trying to get value for our money. Here are the 5 "front runners"

http://www.awcycles.co.uk/products.p...=m1b120s18p167

http://www.bonthronebikes.co.uk/516-24006

http://www.bonthronebikes.co.uk/21-23324

http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=85262

http://www.evanscycles.com/product.jsp?style=85109

If anyone has any comments, do let me know. Have I picked any "duds"?
Well the first one in the list is clearly the cheapest, and lowest quality bike by a reasonable margin. Not neccessarily bad but not as good as the others.

Something VERY important to note is some only come in one or two sizes. Only the Giant Cypress comes in a full range of sizes and getting the right sized bike is probably the MOST important factor of all. The Scott is probably the best quality bike in the list but if it doesn't fit, it doesn't fit.

Do you know what size you are?

Regards, Anthony
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Thanks for all your help. My girlfriend is 5ft 4.

Apart from the 1st one that is the cheapest, do you think they are all about the same quality?
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I would not want to go for the hybrid for my wife ... again. We have one hybrid each and are starting to hate ourselves for not buying something lighter that could accomodate 35 mm tires and the such.

Stay away from suspension anything unless you are going for rockhopping.
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Bought the wife a Trek 7300 last weekend, to replace the garage sale POS mountain bike she rode a few times to see if she was actually interested in riding at all. She decided she was, so I wanted to get her something decent before she got sick of pushing the heavy tank around. The 7300 has upright bars, twist shifters and a 'comfort' seat, all of which she enjoys for right now. But it does have 700c tires with a commuter tread, which she said she liked riding more than the 26" MTB tires on the other Treks the LBS guy was directing her towards. Have had her out on it twice, she did about 17 miles today with her shifting techniques and speed both progressing nicely. I think the 7300 was a good choice, we can upgrade with a road seat, road bars and road tires if she starts to move that direction before buying her a dedicated road bike....

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Thanks for all your help. My girlfriend is 5ft 4.

Apart from the 1st one that is the cheapest, do you think they are all about the same quality?
No the bikes aren't all the same although they're similar but the most important factor is fit and here your girlfriend is simply going to have to go to a bike shop and try a few. You can't buy everything successfuly over the net. I also suggest that a suspension fork is simply a sales feature thats big on weight and cost but small on benefit.

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