Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2007
    My Bikes
    '09 Giant Boulder SE
    Posts
    348
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    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.

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    upper devonian
    Posts
    896
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

  3. #3
    Time for a change. stapfam's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
    My Bikes
    Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
    Posts
    19,915
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.
    How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.


    Spike Milligan

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Location
    Montreal
    My Bikes
    Peugeot Hybrid, Minelli Hybrid
    Posts
    6,521
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Northern VT
    My Bikes
    recumbent & upright
    Posts
    1,554
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2007
    My Bikes
    '09 Giant Boulder SE
    Posts
    348
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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
    Last edited by arej00dazed; 03-21-10 at 07:29 PM.

  7. #7
    Senior Member wahoonc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    On the road-USA
    My Bikes
    Giant Excursion, Raleigh Sports, Raleigh R.S.W. Compact, Motobecane? and about 20 more! OMG
    Posts
    16,192
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by arej00dazed View Post
    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.

    Aaron
    Webshots is bailing out, if you find any of my posts with corrupt picture files and want to see them corrected please let me know. :(

    ISO: A late 1980's Giant Iguana MTB frameset (or complete bike) 23" Red with yellow graphics.

    "Cycling should be a way of life, not a hobby.
    RIDE, YOU FOOL, RIDE!"
    _Nicodemus

    "Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
    Aluminum: barely a hundred
    Which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?"
    _krazygluon

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Shawnee, KS
    My Bikes
    Bike Friday NWT, Rans Stratus, Cannondale R500, Specialized Rockhopper
    Posts
    178
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.
    Just sayin

    Allen

  9. #9
    Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Brooklyn
    Posts
    48
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •