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Old 03-01-10, 03:50 PM   #1
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Some bike suggestions for my wife

Yes, another one of these. Sorry, but I could use some ideas when I walk into my LBS. My wife is bout 5'5-6, a lil on the hefty side and doesn't like to ride because "it hurts my butt". Which I know that last part can be remedied with the right saddle (suggestions also?). My LBS carries Giant, Specialized and I think Trek. Not sure what other brands, but I'll take all suggestions. She'll just be riding on paved bike paths/roads. Light use at campsites (just to/from shower room, around with kids). I'm guessing a comfort/cruiser would be best, but a couple hybrid (mt.bike/comfort mixed?) ideas would be usefull. Thanx.
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Old 03-01-10, 03:54 PM   #2
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Cruiser style bikes are great for to/from the shower, but won't get her excited about riding. If you want her to enjoy riding and hopefully stay with it I'd go for something along the Trek FX line. Ask me how I know and I'll tell you about the cruiser we gave away.
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Old 03-01-10, 04:29 PM   #3
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Main priority for your wife is to get her a bike that she wants to ride. If she doesn't like it- she won't ride it. Fit comes into this so get her into the shop to choose the model- size and colour.

Do not go for a mountain bike- And I doubt that she would want a Racing bike. Mountain bikes are heavy- in the cheaper range the suspension won't work- and those knobbly tyres will sap energy on asphalt. The racing bike would not be ideal due to the ride position.

I am a Giant fan but Specialised and Trek go good bikes aswell. Depends on what price and what type of riding- but talk to the LBS with your wife and they can help on the decision.
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Old 03-01-10, 04:33 PM   #4
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Lighter bikes are easier riding, so look for a hybrid (35 mm wide tires) without suspension forks. Gear shifting is easier with rapid-fire trigger shifters than the twist-grip shifters. A firm saddle is more comfortable than a soft one. Ask the shop if they will let you exchange saddles till you find a comfortable one.
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Old 03-01-10, 07:40 PM   #5
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Echoing the above comments about your partner liking the bike and wanting to ride it. Get her to pick it out- that said you could sort of lead to some choices.
If you have a Specialized dealer, ask her to consider one of the Vita models.
They seem to be a good balance of features & handle well. My 10 yo old son rode his more than 1500 km last season, including a sagged tour. Planning to do the the same this year, hopefully he hasn't out grown his bike.
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Old 03-21-10, 07:15 PM   #6
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I took her to the LBS this weekend and they showed her a globe low entry. Similar to the link below, except it was black with pink lettering. Its only a 3 spd, which I guess is all she needs. She rode it around the parking lot and enjoyed it greatly. So I'm thinking about that one unless theres another one that we should look at. The asking price was $350 with a free kick stand added. Gonna try to see if I can get a discount on some tires for my bike.



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Old 03-21-10, 07:31 PM   #7
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I took her to the LBS this weekend and they showed her a globe low entry. Similar to the link below, except it was black with pink lettering. Its only a 3 spd, which I guess is all she needs. She rode it around the parking lot and enjoyed it greatly. So I'm thinking about that one unless theres another one that we should look at. The asking price was $350 with a free kick stand added. Gonna try to see if I can get a discount on some tires for my bike.



http://www.globebikes.com/us/en/glob...?pid=10CARWMN4
There you go!

I was going to suggest IGH bikes. My wife has a very nice 2001 GT Slipstream with 24 speeds and seldom rode it. Got her a 1971 Raleigh Colt 3 speed added a basket and she is already on her second set of tires in less than 5 years.

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Old 03-22-10, 09:32 AM   #8
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The seat could be a deal breaker some women can never get comfy on a bicycle seat. I would try to resolve this issue before buying the bike. Could be, a trike or some type of recumbent would be the way to go. See if you can get her to ride it for 15 or 20 minutes then talk about seat comfort.
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Old 03-22-10, 12:18 PM   #9
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Given that your LBS sells Giant and given your price range, I would suggest looking at the Giant Cypress. Although it isn't perfect, it is a pretty decent and comfortable ride for the price.
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