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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 11-04-09, 07:15 PM   #1
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looking to get my gf a bike

i am trying to get my girlfriend into riding with me and so i have to buy her a bike. most likely a ss, and then maybe ease her into fixed riding. i don't want to spend a whole lot since i'm not that sure if she will even get into it. that does not mean i am just looking for something mad cheap either, just don't want to spend a thousand bucks on one. she is only 5'2 so it would have to be a small one. and i would want it look nice of course since she is a girl. any help or suggestions would be awesome!!
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Old 11-04-09, 07:24 PM   #2
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kilo tt striper sounds good to me
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Old 11-04-09, 07:29 PM   #3
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+1 A Kilo is a great affordable starter bike. The option of running SS or fixed is a bonus. She can try it and see if she likes it.
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Old 11-04-09, 07:47 PM   #4
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yeah i was looking at the stripper since it doesnt have the decals and all. are the components good though?
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yeah i was looking at the stripper since it doesnt have the decals and all. are the components good though?
SST may be a bit better for her, more slack geometry is more comfortable for a longer ride.
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Old 11-04-09, 07:55 PM   #6
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i just wish the sst had more color options
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i know she will ride it at least a little bit, she borrows her moms *** bike to ride with me sometimes. that thing sucks though
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Tell you what. Don't do it, every time someone buys a bike for his girlfriend, it ends up with dude with a bike he can't use.

Prime example have a cherry Trek WSD 52cm. almost N.O.S. and now she's gone.
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an 26 inch, angled top tube raleigh three speed from craigslist was good for my 5'3" novia.
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I was in the same position. Trying to find a decent relatively sporty bike for a girl who was pretty short (5,2 as well) is extremely difficult to do inexpensively since really a bike with 650 wheels makes far more sense than one with 700c wheels. In the end the best solution I worked out was to date another girl who was a few inches taller and already had her own bike.

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Old 11-04-09, 08:21 PM   #12
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i was thinking today, how easy a 26'' front disc mtb wheel would be to get, try to use it as a rear wheel.

That would work for a really small person. Which doesn't really apply to me
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what about the 2010 Motobecane Track and just putting a freewheel on it? not even to be cheap but its the only one that has all black components and no decals. plus the minkblue is a really nice color.
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How about a Bianchi Milano with an internal geared rear hub?
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looking for more of a traditional type bike
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I bet new inexperienced riders would prefer gears. Make her want to ride by letting her want what she wants, whether it's gears or fixed or whatever. I wouldn't force ss/fg on her unless she has shown a little interest in it.
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felt has some very cool women's bikes that don't suck and also don't cost as much as a specialized or trek.
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she actually told me she wants a ss
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Tell you what. Don't do it, every time someone buys a bike for his girlfriend, it ends up with dude with a bike he can't use.

Prime example have a cherry Trek WSD 52cm. almost N.O.S. and now she's gone.
At least you still have the bike. My ex-wife sold my custom XC bike (frameset valued at roughly $2,000 when new) for $500 last month. Someone is riding around on a full XTR bike with a big smile.
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she bought it.
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Iro HD? Not the cheapest, but designed for shorter riders... I'm considering upgrading my girlfriend's frame at some point to one of those (when I'm less poor).
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kilo tt's smallest size is 44cm. Sounds good. Just buy a freewheel and put it on the other side of the hub.
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Old 11-05-09, 08:57 AM   #23
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Build her something like this:







I think it's classy.

Mrs. HandsomeRyan didn't and never rode it. Sad day.
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HR, you can send that Taco machine to my girl. She'll ride it.
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bikesdirect. kilo sounds good. riding w/ the gf is fun. Mine rides every great once in a while *COUGHCOUGH JEAN COMEONA****INGBIKERIDEWITHME**...
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