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Old 08-10-12, 10:27 AM
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Okay, the second bike appears to be a much better bike than the first, I'm not that familiar with that brand either, but downtube shifters, better components, better frame materials. I think that would be a better buy. However...

Preface: Take this with a grain of salt.

Might I suggest a vintage mountain bike? For a 1-2 day a week ride down a bike trail (unless your gf has a road bike and rides pretty hard), plus grocery runs in a city, I would lean towards a vintage MTB with road-esque tires. The tires are cheap enough, and the MTB will be well suited to having a rack on the back, going off a few curbs, and getting put in a bike rack.
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