There is a girl I know who is having a rough time. She wrecked her car but fortunately, she lives in the city and has been able to hoof it from place to place. Her only complaint is that it takes so long to get from A to B. I had an old MTB laying around, about her size, and i sent it out to get tuned up and repaired. I put my son's old bike seat on it (as he prefers his trailer any way), bought her a good lock (and a bell) and surprised her with it. We went out to the state forest for a ride for her to break it in. She had a BLAST riding on the dirt roads and main trails. It was nothing TOO technical or tricky, but I was certainly surprised that she didn't crash AT ALL. She followed my lines as best she could, except going up hills when I hat to try to follow HER! She waited for me though. She sound like a little kid back there. She had a blast! When I dropped her off back in the CIty she found the first excuse that she could and took off! She rode that bike around all night and all morning so fat today. She's called me about twenty times asking me questions and telling me all about her experiences. I didn't realize that she never really had a bike before. She has borrowed other peoples from time to time but this one is hers and it really seems to be different and more exciting for her. I am getting the biggest kick out of her getting a kick out of this bike.