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    Bike for wife?

    Hello, looking to buy a bike for my wife. She is a rather short lady. We dont really plan on doing much off trail riding. Just cruising the paved trials around DC. I have a Haro Mountainbike. My knowledge in this field is rather limited. Went to a bike shop today. At first he recomended a Hybrid bike, but when i mentioned that she "tried" on a bike a few months back and felt most comfortable on a 13" frame he said that ruled hybrids out as they dont come in frames that small and she would ahve to goto a mountain bike. I was hoping to max out at $500. Any recommendations would be great. Just want a bike that is sturdy and that is going to last, preferably with front shocks and a comfy seat. What size tires would you recommend? Thanks. Scott

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    HA...at first glace i thought might be looking to trade 8-)

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    You can also find childerns sized road bike. I know my LBS has had a few.
    Call Larry at Mt. Airey cycles and explain the situation. He could
    probably hook you up with something in your price range.

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    Yep, a quick look at Trek's offerings shows that the hybrids go down to 14.5", while the mountain bikes go down to 13. Has she tried a 14.5" frame? Maybe the saddle on the bike she tried before was more comfortable?

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    Terry do a neat little general purpose riding around bike.
    http://www.terrybicycles.com/detail....d&item_no=3045

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreyGoat
    HA...at first glace i thought might be looking to trade 8-)
    I thought the same thing and was going to say 'good deal! go for it!'

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    Rider I:"I got a bike for my wife"
    Rider II:"Good trade!"

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    I second the recommendation of the Terry. But you really have a wide range of options in the mtb category for under $500, what brands do your lbs sell?
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    Quote Originally Posted by timeforleisure
    Rider I:"I got a bike for my wife"
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    Quote Originally Posted by flames9
    Hello, looking to buy a bike for my wife. She is a rather short lady. We dont really plan on doing much off trail riding. Just cruising the paved trials around DC. I have a Haro Mountainbike. My knowledge in this field is rather limited. Went to a bike shop today. At first he recomended a Hybrid bike, but when i mentioned that she "tried" on a bike a few months back and felt most comfortable on a 13" frame he said that ruled hybrids out as they dont come in frames that small and she would ahve to goto a mountain bike. I was hoping to max out at $500. Any recommendations would be great. Just want a bike that is sturdy and that is going to last, preferably with front shocks and a comfy seat. What size tires would you recommend? Thanks. Scott
    why do you need front shocks if you aren't going to go off trail? are their that many pot holes in DC?
    that being said I would recommend a Terry Susan B.. I've got one myself. I'm 5 feet 2 inches.
    I would change out the tires that come with the bike and get some schwalbe's. If you wife is really
    tiny she might like the Terry Trixie better, that comes with a step-though (classic girlie frame)

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    Quote Originally Posted by flames9
    Hello, looking to buy a bike for my wife. She is a rather short lady. We dont really plan on doing much off trail riding. Just cruising the paved trials around DC. I have a Haro Mountainbike. My knowledge in this field is rather limited. Went to a bike shop today. At first he recomended a Hybrid bike, but when i mentioned that she "tried" on a bike a few months back and felt most comfortable on a 13" frame he said that ruled hybrids out as they dont come in frames that small and she would ahve to goto a mountain bike. I was hoping to max out at $500. Any recommendations would be great. Just want a bike that is sturdy and that is going to last, preferably with front shocks and a comfy seat. What size tires would you recommend? Thanks. Scott
    My wife looked at a Sirrus recently. She was impressed with the size and reach. And the price was certainly right. She's only 5 feet tall and the xs was almost too small but then she has long legs.

    Her other bike is a Trek WSD 8000, which is also a great bike but a bit above your budget. You might be able to find a deal on a 2004 small bike now because little bikes tend to hang around for a long time.
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