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Old 08-23-11, 02:37 PM
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Surprising GF with New Bike

What would be the coolest, funniest, most memorable way to spring a new bike on my girlfriend?

I was going to get a bunch of little heart stickers (the kind girls put on their Justin Beiber notebooks) from a school supply place and put them all over the bike, and then use some pretense (more tubes & chains) to stop off at the shop on our way to dinner and say, "Aw look at that..."
But there's got to be a better way.

Any ideas?
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have a nude stripper ride it up to the garage as you two come out.
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And I'm buying it from the same shop that did her pro-fitting, so they have her set-up measurements, therefore meeting up before a ride and then taking the new bike on the ride is an option.
OR, locking the bike in a safe place somewhere along a ride route, and dropping off the old bike and continuing on the heart-covered new bike is also an option.
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What would be the coolest, funniest, most memorable way to spring a new bike on my girlfriend?

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And I'm buying it from the same shop that did her pro-fitting, so they have her set-up measurements...
Sounds like the only possible surprise is how long she has to wait to actually get to ride the bike...
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sam gave me my new gary fisher cake by suggesting we go for a ride and when i walked out saw that he he had my new bike on our roof rack, I was totally expecting my old bike on there., the cognitive dissonance was temporary then I realized what it was and I was blown away.
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No no, she hasn't a clue. I took her to that shop to have her existing bike fit properly. Her existing (heavy/clunky) bike is a little too large for her and she knows nothing about this.

I don't have a roof rack, but thanks for sharing your example CB. Maybe during a restaurant stop during one of our rides, I can excuse myself to go check on the bikes, and pull the ol' switcheroo then.

I still feel like this can be improved upon. She's a pretty good sport, so it might be funny to stage a stolen-bike stratagem.
"Hey take a penny, leave a penny... it's all karma, right? Someone stole your bike, so I stole this one for you..."

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Old 08-23-11, 04:21 PM
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A boyfriend gave me a bike once. Beautiful thought... but it sucked, because it wasn't exactly what I wanted and yet there was no good way to say that. Gift certificate, IMO, YMMV, my $0.02, etc etc.
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The best surprise ever was when my friends and fiance knew that I wanted to get a scooter. So my friends took me scooter shopping. I saw a really cool purple one that I liked and they kept pointing at this small motorcycle that is a race replica of the bike that Kenny Roberts (Yamaha) raced. I kept saying that it was too big and I liked the purple one OVER THERE. After having me sit on it, rock it back and forth (to feel the weight) and talking to the sales guy, they had me convinced that this was, indeed, a pretty cool little bike. The only made them for two years. And this one was a Limited California edition, with Kenny Robert's signature on the fairing.

When we came to talking about payment options, the guy said "Oh Im sorry, this one is sold." So I respectfully got off of it, pouted, and the guy said....."The new owner is a lady by the name of *reads tag on key* SIU". He handed the key to me.



My fiance went and bought me that motorcycle a few days before. He was in the back, watching me and my friends the whole time.

He was a great guy. And gone at such a young age. He passed before we got to go on our first ride together with me on the RZ and he on his FJ1100.


*sigh*

I still have the bike.

Not mine but here's a vid of one exactly like it.

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Wear a flesh colored skin suit and mask as you present the bike.If you still have a date after this,anything goes and she's a keeper.

My money is on you'll spend the night in a "Frisco" jail with a full dance card.
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we once "tucked" a Cannondale into my son's bed while he was in the shower; it took a little while before he noticed it, and then there was a shout, and then he appeared - white as a ghost - and almost fainted. That was a good one!
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Thanks SiuBlue!
I already knew all about the legendary RZ350. Such a wicked, wicked bike.
I surprised my Pa with a brand-new ('06) Kawasaki Concours when he retired...



He gave his old Concours to his friend Jay and I've had a lot of fun road trips with Paunch & Jon since then...



Might consider the "sorry, this bike is sold..." caper. It has promise.
Gf currently rides a white bike with black and red accents. I've tried to get a feel for what she likes, and I suspect this '12 ZW4 will be a hit with her...


Dangit, GP. I didn't know you were a Fooster. I hope I can count on your discretion here, buddy-ol-pal...

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we once "tucked" a Cannondale into my son's bed while he was in the shower; it took a little while before he noticed it, and then there was a shout, and then he appeared - white as a ghost - and almost fainted. That was a good one!
I knew a Floyd Smith from Parkersburg who welched on a gambling debt and woke up to a dead deer head in his bed.
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Nice idea and I can totally get the big surprise angle. But as mentioned you may not get what she herself would buy. Us guys just don't think like the fairer sex and the fact you "tried to get a feel" highlights my point.

What I would do is just go to the LBS "just to look" and let her find something she likes. Once she has made her choice just look her in the eye as you whip out the debit card and hand it to the sales person saying "write it up." Trust me that will be as big of a surprise as any other. I do this now and than when the gal pal goes shopping for clothes and she get blown away each time it happens.

Good luck and be sure to post happy new owner photos!

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Thanks Fasthair and Valygrl. I've been cornered by three forces:
~She's got some student debt.
~She's too damned sensible and therefore refuses to even think about what kind of bike she'd like, because she's convinced herself that it will be years before she can even think about the prospect.
~No bike shops stock the female-sized models.

If I probe any deeper, she's going to know something's up. I've even tried to get her opinions "on a bike I was thinking of buying for myself." But she's been evasive there too. About the best I've been able to get out of her is that she thinks my white steel Schwinn is pretty.

Worst case scenario: the shop gives us credit toward a different make/model. But I think the ZW4 looks pretty slick, and my '05 Felt F55 has been nothing but a delight to me over the years.

Any more surprise ideas? I really love shocking the hell out of people I love and don't want to miss this opportunity.

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I really love shocking the hell out of people I love and don't want to miss this opportunity.
That's it! Taze her and replace the bike while she's unconscious.
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Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
What would be the coolest, funniest, most memorable way to spring a new bike on my girlfriend?

I was going to get a bunch of little heart stickers (the kind girls put on their Justin Beiber notebooks) from a school supply place and put them all over the bike, and then use some pretense (more tubes & chains) to stop off at the shop on our way to dinner and say, "Aw look at that..."
But there's got to be a better way.

Any ideas?
I like this idea, but ride your bikes to the shop. Instead of heart stickers, have the bike sitting there with a huge bow stuck on the top so GF can't miss it. The shop guy can say "Some guy got that for his GF". Let her ooh and ahh a bit before you tell her its hers. Then you can continue on your ride with her on the new bike (I'm assuming the shop will let her leave her old one there meanwhile).
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I like this idea, but ride your bikes to the shop. Instead of heart stickers, have the bike sitting there with a huge bow stuck on the top so GF can't miss it. The shop guy can say "Some guy got that for his GF". Let her ooh and ahh a bit before you tell her its hers. Then you can continue on your ride with her on the new bike (I'm assuming the shop will let her leave her old one there meanwhile).
A good idea!
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Take it apart and make a trail of components through the house leading up to the frame in the bedroom.

At the end of the line leave all your tools and say, 'Hey there, put your new bike together. I'm going on a ride.'
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A good idea!
+1 Thanks Cbad. I was looking forward to doing something really devious and I'm fond of stratagems, but maybe there's no need to get fancy.
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+1 Thanks Cbad. I was looking forward to doing something really devious and I'm fond of stratagems, but maybe there's no need to get fancy.
You have to take pics of her face when you tell her the bike is hers.
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I still feel like this can be improved upon. She's a pretty good sport, so it might be funny to stage a stolen-bike stratagem.
"Hey take a penny, leave a penny... it's all karma, right? Someone stole your bike, so I stole this one for you..."
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I really love shocking the hell out of people I love and don't want to miss this opportunity.
This screams for going on a ride where her bike gets "stolen" by an accomplice (and the new one gets put in its place) when you take a short break. Naturally, her pedals and seat back would be transferred to the new one during the theft...
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Take a photo of the bike and have it enlarged. Tear the photo into pieces like someone would do before they threw it away.

Without her knowing, drop the photo pieces somewhere where you both can "accidentally" find them (under park bench, under restaurant table, next to her car door . . . ).

Pick up the pieces and out of "curiosity" put them together with her (at dinner would be fun).

Save one piece in your pocket and when the puzzle is put together place that piece into the puzzle with "happy birthday" (or whatever) written on it.
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Thanks Snyderman. I like that cool idea, but I think the physical bike itself will have more shock&awe than the pic.
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Buying your GF a 3k bike without her test riding it is going to be the biggest surprise of all.

Can you imagine how reluctant she would be to tell you that it did not fit knowing how much the bike cost? It sounds like your more excited at her being "surprise" that you got her a nice bike when she could not afford one vs really getting her a bike that she likes.

When I bought my wife a bike for Christmas we went down to the LBS and she picked one she liked out. Been married 19 years and she surprised me with her choice.
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