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Old 01-25-13, 01:12 PM   #1
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Thinking about a bike for my wife

Our tax refund is larger than expected this year, so I'm thinking about using some to get a bike for my wife. She's not totally into cycling as I am, but has expressed interest in wanting to ride around the neighborhood or park with me, or with me and our son in his trailer. Since she likely will not ride a whole lot, I'm thinking I shouldn't spend more than about $300.

I have looked at major manufacturers' hybrid bikes, and almost all of them are $400 and up, which is really more than I would like to spend. I have pored through local CL listings and can't really find ANYTHING that would suit my wife. Big box store bikes, well we know how junk the components on those are, and honestly I haven't seen anything in BB stores that she would probably like, either. I know she would want it to look girly and also be comfort oriented. I'm thinking mixte or other step-thru frame.

At this point I'm leaning towards Bikes Direct. I've learned plenty enough in the past year and have acquired several bike-specific tools that I could get it ready to go and also check over things to make sure they're in good working order. Then we could upgrade things here or there as needed.

Something like one of these is what I'm thinking:






First one comes with fenders and suspension fork, which might be nice.
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I like the looks of that Fuji. The fenders on the Mercier are a nice plus, but not a decision maker in my eyes. The suspension fork I would call a minus. Not necessary on a bike like this and at that price point, it's probably not a really good one.

My wife has also suggested she might like a hybrid. Right now she's got a road bike converted to upright bars and it's not really ideal. I might look at those BD bikes for her.
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Agree with Yo Spiff on the Mercier with the suspension, that's a very "low end" suspension fork and they have so little "dampning" it's a joke, jmho. My wife does all our local "hardpack dirt/limestone rail trails with a non-suspension KHS Vitamin A fitness hybrid with a more "treaded" (small knobbie tread) for better grip in the dirt but still works pretty well on the pavement. We used to have Fuji Monterey 3.0 comfort bikes with "low end" suspension and we never liked the forks, switched them to a cro-mo, non-suspension aftermarket fork and thought the bikes were MUCH better, jmho, ymmv. BTW, we both like the DAWES design better, looks wise!
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How about a Windsor Oxford?
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/windsor/oxford.htm
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She wanted something in pink. Anyway, just ordered the Dawes Wendy a few minutes ago.
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I got my wife the Jubilee 8 and she loves it & I have the mens J8....kinda like the shocks. I got to get her another one for the beach...thinking about this:
Them Nexus 8 speeds have been great also!
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my wife loves her Globe stepthrough, and the Expedition stepthrough we had before that.

this is the expedition,


it was trashed in a car accident (on a bike rack) so got replaced with an almost identical Globe in silver.
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Nice. My wife really wanted pink, though, so I restricted my search to those available in some form of pink. Her Dawes Wendy bike should be here Thursday, and hopefully I can get it set up in time for a ride this weekend.

She wants to get a basket, also.

*edit* oh yeah this will also be her first *real* bike, including first bike with multi-speed drivetrain. Her last bike was when she was in grade school probably almost 20 years ago, probably a single-speed coaster brake little girls' bike. So we'll see how that goes.
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Since I've done the same research
http://www.amazon.com/Avenir-Wicker-...owViewpoints=1

My wife is definitely not going to look at a bike till winter finishes though - so this is still just research for me.
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I put an Electra brand white basket on the bars of my wife's new bike as she was quite insistent she wanted a front basket, even though I tried to sell her on a rack with 'grocery' baskets on the side...

this rack here, which I found at a LBS that carries Electra...
http://www.rei.com/product/776978/el...9-001b2166c62d
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I just noticed that Dawes Wendy appears to have Schraeder valve stems along with 700x28c tires. That sucks, now I have to look for and buy specific tubes for this bike instead of being able to share tubes between this and my road bike.

Oh well, minor annoyance I guess.
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I just noticed that Dawes Wendy appears to have Schraeder valve stems along with 700x28c tires. That sucks, now I have to look for and buy specific tubes for this bike instead of being able to share tubes between this and my road bike.

Oh well, minor annoyance I guess.


hmmm, bikesdirect says that has HJC DA14 rims, this is the only catalog page I can find on those,
http://www.biketaiwan.com/database/a...tbs2012&p=0574
(bottom right corner)... that shows those as 14mm ID, 19mm OD. but doesn't say what valving.
shraeder valves would be a pretty big hole in a 14mm wide rim
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Perhaps what comes in the box will be slightly different than this photo. I was going by the large photo, which looks like schraeder valves to me.

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/..._pink_2100.jpg

But then again some other BD bikes say they have the same rims, and their pics appear to have presta valves on the rims. So who knows. Should be arriving at my office tomorrow!
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If you cannot adapt to rims with schrader tubes when you want presta,

you probably will not be the right customer for The, bypass the dealer, put it together yourself, BD purchase.
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say what? I'm more than capable of assembling a bike and would in fact prefer to do so. Of course I can adapt. My floor pump even works with both types by just sliding a little switch. I was just saying it would be nice if I could just buy one type/size of tube to use on both bikes. But it's not a big deal if I can't. But I do prefer presta valves. All my bikes I had when I was younger used schraeders, but both of my current bikes use presta and I now like them better.

Planning to stop into the LBS on Saturday to pick up a couple things for my other bikes, might see if they carry Kool Stop brake pads. Would be nice to start out fresh with good brake pads on this new bike instead of whatever crap it comes with.
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pick up some Schrader to Presta conversion pieces too , the rubber grommet things are fine,
as are the aluminum ones ..

Shop, maybe even put the thing together for you, too, for a small fee.
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man, that thing has really low-end parts on it. I'd compare that with a $450 trek/etc not a $700 one like they do. tourney RD, FD, noname brakes, crank, matches the Trek WSD Verve 1 at $439MSRP frankly, a bike like that should have fatter tires, 35c or so.
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Oh well, she probably won't ride it too terribly much, we'll see though. Can upgrade parts if deemed necessary.
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thats why I like to buy (barely) used for my wife get the $600 bike for $300.
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thats why I like to buy (barely) used for my wife get the $600 bike for $300.
Believe me I looked into it. Saw almost nothing on local CL that would suit her, and figured there was probably nothing 2nd hand at the LBS that would suit her either since she wanted something in pink. Oh well, we'll see how she likes this and can always upgrade later on down the line if need be.
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stripe bike, hang frame from clothesline, rattle can Krylon...



that turned this...

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[h=2]Thinking about a bike for my wife[/h]That sounds like a good trade.
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Perhaps what comes in the box will be slightly different than this photo. I was going by the large photo, which looks like schraeder valves to me.

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/..._pink_2100.jpg

But then again some other BD bikes say they have the same rims, and their pics appear to have presta valves on the rims. So who knows. Should be arriving at my office tomorrow!
I think you'll find that since this is her "first" big bike, the schraeder valves will be easier for HER to use if your not there and she's say riding around the neighborhood. Although not fancy, those componets will be "fine" till she get's use to riding, LOL, she will "probably" want a higher end bike fairly soon anyway! Mine did and she just used the "first bike" as her "commuter" to ride to work and back and it gives her a "back up"!!

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heh. last Dawes I rode was one of these.




mine was from maybe 1966, and had simplex gears, weinman centerpull brakes, the same steel cotterpin crank (2x5 gearing == '10 speed'). same green and gold.

more on that bike here,
http://chuck.kichline.com/bikes/Dawes/default.htm
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