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Old 07-09-11, 01:57 PM   #1
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Finally got my wife into the biking community!

Have been dropping hints ever since got my bike that she should get one too. LBS is having a pretty big tent sale this weekend. Looks like the timing was working out! Everything in the store, bikes included minus the 2012 models were marked down anywhere from 10-40%. She tried the 7.1, 7.2 and a 7100. She liked the look of the 7100 but found out she hated the ride. Ultimately she decided on the 7.2. Was a 2010 model leftover but got for $420 - never ridden minus parking lot trials, so I think she fared pretty well. I ended up picking up a Yakima King Joe 2 bike rack for the cars for $114 and got a Bontrager seat post bag and spare tube as well for a little more. Won't pick it up until tomorrow but will post pictures when home. I was pleasantly surprised at how much she was talking about wanting to ride it.
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Old 07-09-11, 03:09 PM   #2
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Grats jt02gt!

We have similar stories. I got my wife a specialized ariel shortly after I got my bike for about that same price. I too am surprised that she enjoys biking so much, we have been biking nearly everyday for a couple of hours, almost half the day on the weekends. I think its a great way to spend time together by doing something you both like.

I need to get a bike rack soon so we can use the car instead of my truck, and save gas money (plus it's probably better than piling them on top of each other)
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Old 07-09-11, 03:40 PM   #3
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Nice post.
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Old 07-09-11, 03:55 PM   #4
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Good man! My husband introduced me to cycling when we were dating and we have been talking a lot about how we can't wait for the kids to get older and more self-sufficient so we can ride together again. I think cycling is a great relationship builder.
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I can't get my squeeze to bike with me. He keeps saying he will - we buy him a nice bike - and he rides it maybe once.
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That's great to hear that your wife is going to start riding with you. My wife actually bought me a new bike from our LBS for my 63rd birthday two years ago and a used one for herself. She has bilateral artificial hips from a hereditary condition and fell a few times on the upright bike and stopped riding because she was afraid of damaging the prosthesis. I finally convinced her to get a recumbent trike and now she bikes with me every weekend and around the neighborhood after work. It's great to have a riding partner who is also your life partner.
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Old 07-10-11, 04:33 PM   #7
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Here are the pics. Took a little longer to post up cause it is frickin hot as hell today 95 plus with hellacious humidity!











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Awesome. I just got my gf into cycling. I bought a 7.3 back in '07. And have just recently gotten back into cycling. She was riding around with me on my dads 7300 and liked riding with me but didn't like the bike. So she just bought a 2011 7.2 for 499 and while we were in the store I noticed a small ding on the frame so I haggled a free 45 dollar helmet into the deal for her. I also went and got her some necessities she wouldn't have realized to get Like a water bottle cage, car rack, chain, etc. Mainly because I didn't want the realization that more goes into bikes than when we were kids.

I think that has been the hardest thing for her to get used to. She's slowly understanding why I have been adjusting her saddle and showing her how to comfortably mount and dismount the bike. Also trying to explain how to properly shift so the chain doesn't get strained is another lesson. But she was so excited and Im glad because hopefully we will keep each other to a routine.
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Grats jt02gt!

We have similar stories. I got my wife a specialized ariel shortly after I got my bike for about that same price. I too am surprised that she enjoys biking so much, we have been biking nearly everyday for a couple of hours, almost half the day on the weekends. I think its a great way to spend time together by doing something you both like.

I need to get a bike rack soon so we can use the car instead of my truck, and save gas money (plus it's probably better than piling them on top of each other)
We have been doing a lot of bicycling on the weekends too, and it's pretty nice to just wander around on the bikes
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