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    Bike Suggestions Please

    I see this type of question has been asked in a thousand different ways thousands of times, but here goes:

    I would like to get a bike for my husband. He knows how to balance and turn the pedals, but he has never been a "cyclist" - hasn't owned a bike since JR. High.

    He is interested in getting into riding so he can ride with me. I'm currently riding a Straggler, which I use for commuting, and recreational fun day rides. My husband would be doing mostly the same with his bike. As he gets comfortable, I'd like to try some shorter overnight trips a well.

    So here's the parameters for what I'm looking for for my husband:

    Some thing that would allow him to do a similar type of riding to what I'm doing. Of course the easiest answer to this would be "get him the same bike." well, I resist the idea of being twinsies, and also, I'm looking for something more "entry level." I'd like to not spend as much money in case he never gets into it, and selfishly, I just don't want his bike to be quite as awesome as mine, at least while he's new. However, I also don't want it to be so old/low end that it frustrates him and prevents him from getting into the sport.

    He likes the idea of drop bars, but has never ridden them. Mostly, his bike should be comfortable to ride and easy to handle, but with a fair amount of versatility - crappy weather, poor pavement conditions (loose gravel, potholes, etc, but not necessarily off-road/unpaved). We have a decent craigslist in this area, so models of bikes to keep an eye out for used are also welcome. Preferred price point is $500-$1000 USD.

    Thank you

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    Take him to the bike shop (or a couple of bike shops) and let him test ride every bike that appeals to him. Let him pick the bike HE likes.
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    I agree with the above post. He should get the bike he likes. Regarding your comment where you say you'd like to have the nicer bike, remember at this point you're the stronger rider. If he can't keep up with you, that almost guarantees that he will never want to ride with you again. If that's not your aim, you should really rethink that.
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    A 3rd 1st pick the bike shop , the service is the difference , since all Brands in the mid price points are Imported Into the country .

    and very Few Factories make Multiple brands under various contract specs.. what brands does your favorite bike shop carry?


    Do you have places to go that are low traffic?


    If you can't keep up with you, that almost guarantees that he will never want to ride with you again.
    If HE cannot keep up with you would be a gender role reversal , typically its the other way around, she not being the stronger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post


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    If HE cannot keep up with you would be a gender role reversal , typically its the other way around, she not being the stronger.
    The trials of trying to use voice to text on a "smart" phone. Edited above.
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    Typically buying someone a bike based on your taste is NOT a good idea. Take him to several shops, let him test ride all he has patience for and pick the one that feels the best to him. He will not ride with you if he does not enjoy the ride.

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    That , Too, is typically the guy deciding what his wife/ GF should have..
    Last edited by fietsbob; 05-11-15 at 12:03 PM.

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