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Buying a bicycle for my wife as a gift (bicycle size)

Old 01-26-18, 04:53 PM
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Buying a bicycle for my wife as a gift (bicycle size)

So as a basis my wife can easily ride our daughter's 16' huffy with the seat all the way down I'm looking at a 13.5 inch trek. My wife is 5' 3".
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Old 01-26-18, 05:01 PM
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Your wife rides whatever size you ride. Be sure to buy her a bike you would like.
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Old 01-26-18, 05:11 PM
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She wants a Lynskey GR Pro in large.



If she doesn't like it, send it to me.
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Old 01-26-18, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by steppinthrax View Post
So as a basis my wife can easily ride our daughter's 16' huffy with the seat all the way down I'm looking at a 13.5 inch trek. My wife is 5' 3".
It really depends if you wife is going to ride the bike as it is designed to fit, with her feet not quite able to touch the ground from the seat, or wants to ride it like the huffy.

If you want to buy something like a 26" wheeled Trek 820 and have it be fitted normally for riding comfort, the 15.5 or 16" size frame would be better for someone 5'3". The 13.5" will seem low and the handlebars too close once the seat is at a good height for riding.
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Old 01-26-18, 05:24 PM
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"size" is seat tube length, generally speaking.. IDK what the Huffy is. its a BSO.

Make out a pretty gift card with a picture of a bicycle, and then take her with you to the bike shop to try on bikes in person..

what sits on the floor is what came out of the shipping carton, but that does not have to be what you take home..

stems Sizing for reach, saddles, pedals etc can be changed, and accessories added

usually 10% off and installed for free..




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I hate to get all serious ... but hey, Fietsbob started it. And he has some good advice.

if your wife is really going to ride the thing it Has to fit. Nothing matters more. And guessing? Good luck.

Sizing charts are always perfect for a human being which doesn't exist. None of us have the same proportions, none of us have the same flexibility.

If your wife likes to ride ... I would do with Fiestbob's excellent advice and go a step further.

Download some fancy form for free off the internet, fill it out with some deep stuff like "For my most perfected beloved partner .... oh, wait no this one is for my wife ... One FREE bicycle in the size, style and color which fits her best and suits her most, with absolutely no price limit (that is to justify your next three overpriced bikes. Don't leave it out.) to be chosen at a time of her convenience."

Put it in an envelope, wrap it in wrapping paper. Act like you mean it.

Then go buy some bike you like. She can ride the Huffy.
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Old 01-26-18, 06:26 PM
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This is easy, will probably take two or three trips to a bike shop. Or a couple more trips if you have multiple bike shops in your area. Take her to a bike shop, let her know you would like to get her a bike for her birthday.
This is key - you have to let her decide what she wants. Your job is to help make sure the fit is great and make sure the bike shop does not sell her the wrong bike.
My partner's birthday is in a couple days, not getting a bike this year. However, a couple years ago, she had expressed interest in a beach bike. End of Jan in snowy, frozen Fumbuck vt is not the best time or place to pick out a beach bike. LBS was fixing snowmobiles and didn't have anything. A famous mtn bike area an hr or south of us bike shop did have a couple snow bikes and lots of ski stuff. Went to the city a couple hrs away, couldn't find anything she like. So we had a very nice dinner out and a beach bike rain check. Come later that summer, I was at a large bike shop to get a tire. They had a row of Townies out in front all with a huge Labor Day sales promotion. I rode one around a few minutes, then a second. Urged her to try one also, she didn't want to. Ok, decided I was going to get one- asked the shop to swap out the tires for some big apples. While we were waiting for that, she pulled one out of the line up, rode it around a few minutes. I tweaked the saddle height and handle bars a couple times. Soon she says, "birthday card still good?"
Yep ! We went home with two Townies.
My rambling point- the bike decision may not be a quick A to B decision. May take a while and some priming to gather a bike vs. hunt one down.
PS, make sure it is her decision.
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All of the above are true.


But let's be honest that sometimes people want "a bike" and not entry into the mysterious world of bike stuff. An entry level MTB rarely needs much in the way of "fitting" to work fine as long as the size is reasonably close. Only the OP knows his wife's preferences and tolerance for bike shopping, and if this is the fulfillment of one of those requests to keep things simple, a basic MTB with its short reach and upright bars is likely to work out okay as a surprise gift. More specialized bikes - especially a road bike - are not so easily purchased blind.


Not advocating one way or the other, just being realistic about how people get into biking and how many people don't want to deal with a buying process.
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