Help me Purchase Gift Bike? (For a girl)
Hello everyone! I'm purchasing a cruiser bike for my girlfriend's birthday this weekend and I was hoping to gather some last minute advice from people far more knowledgeable than I am on the subject. (I apologize in advance if this is posted in the wrong section, it seemed to be the most relevant from the many I saw listed on the index.)
So far I have narrowed my selection to three bikes based on what I know of her personal preferences.
The bike has to be:
1. Schwinn Brand
2. Cruiser Style
3. Green, Yellow or Purple...
Unfortunately, other than that, I'm a bit of a dunce when it comes to making an actual selection. I had originally seen a cute and reasonably priced Schwinn Lakeshore bike in purple:
The independent bike salesman I spoke to on the phone however noted that this was one of Schwinn's "department" models, a lesser-quality bike than they had in stock.
So I jumped up a couple of hundred in my price range and ended up with a few more options:
The Starlet: http://bayareaschwinn.com/product/sc...et-62503-1.htm
and an older model of the Debutante: http://bayareaschwinn.com/product/09...te-51349-1.htm
I suppose the questions I have are... is the jump in price really worth it? What makes a department-level bike different than the more expensive models sold by independent dealers? Also, she is 5'3 give or take an inch, will a 26 inch bike be a good fit for her?
Finally, I'm open to any opinion (technical or otherwise) on the bikes I have listed, or any other suggestions you may have. Anyone with experience with Schwinn women bikes would be an added bonus!
Thank you very much in advance for any help!