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Old 07-10-18, 08:26 AM
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Three Women's Hybrids to choose from, which is best?

I'm planning on buying my wife a newer bike to persuade her to do a little more riding. She isn't going to ride much so I'm looking at the following three inexpensive models that are all currently available locally.
Please help me choose...

1. 2012 Trek 7100 WSD $150 (aluminum frame grip shifters) w/entry level tourney components
2. 2015 Diamond back vital 2 hybrid $175 (aluminum frame lever shifters) w/entry level tourney components
3. 2015 Jamis Citizen 1 $125 (steel frame grip shifters) w/entry level tourney components

My wife is only about 135 lbs, she wont need the extra strength of the steel frame, so unless I can get that bike for under $100, I will probably pass on it anyway.

Thanks for your suggestions in advance!
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Old 07-10-18, 08:55 AM
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I'm planning on buying my wife a newer bike to persuade her to do a little more riding...Thanks for your suggestions in advance!
We have all been through this. Don't ask us about bikes. Tell us about how your and your wife together will undertake to choose a bike that she prefers, that fits properly, and that makes her want to get on it and ride.

How have you two discussed this "plan" up to this point? How invested is she in the process? Have you (two) visited bike shops to see what kind of bike she might prefer?

This is where the conversation begins...
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Thanks Phil_gretz, I have not discussed this with my wife yet and I feel like if we spend time in a bike shop trying to see what she likes, then we will feel obligated to purchase one from them; and buying one from them would mean spending at least $200 or more for one of these three. I might just buy all three and let her try them all out to pick a favorite, and then just sell one or two, or keep them as spares.
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
We have all been through this. Don't ask us about bikes. Tell us about how your and your wife together will undertake to choose a bike that she prefers, that fits properly, and that makes her want to get on it and ride.

How have you two discussed this "plan" up to this point? How invested is she in the process? Have you (two) visited bike shops to see what kind of bike she might prefer?

This is where the conversation begins...
Typically, I agree with this. Namely, that your wife should be part of the process of selecting a bike for her. However, I did buy my husband a bike as a surprise. I did it knowing how he rides, the kind of riding he likes to do... and I am more knowledgeable about bikes than he is (and more willing to pay a bit more for quality components). He LOVES his bike (although I think he had a bit of a meltdown when he learned how much it cost).
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we're Trek fans. go for it. not much to lose. good luck!
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I'd go Jamis, for the more standard frame.

But, that is just me, the opinion that really matters is your wife's. Ask her to look at the pics, and take her to sit on the bikes. If they don't fit, you just wasted a benji or two...
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This is a bit chicken and egg problem. All of these bikes are klutzy. You want a person to start liking to bike, but how they can get to love biking on a klutzy bike? Yet the initial choice is of this kind of bike, with some ill-placed comfort expectations. Like others I've been there. I would ultimately aim for a mixte frame with straight tubing that is sporty and fun to ride. At this moment, I would suggest, as others, to go with what your wife would favor right now and look for a swap further down the line. I would seek to add some utility to the bike, such as a basket or handlebar mount for a phone, to give more reason for using the bike.
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Originally Posted by Mountainroadman View Post
I'm planning on buying my wife a newer bike to persuade her to do a little more riding. She isn't going to ride much so I'm looking at the following three inexpensive models that are all currently available locally.
Please help me choose...
It's her bicycle ... why on earth would we help YOU choose.

She gets to make the choice. If she has questions, we'll be happy to answer them for her.

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Thanks jefnvk! Appreciate your advice. I actually already bought both the Trek and the Diamondback. My wife tried the Trek last night and she actually loved it. She was happy that I was thinking of here and that I bought it for her as a surprise. I might get the Jamis also just so she can try them all out as many times as she likes before choosing a favorite. And I will not have any problem getting my money back out of them because I always buy them right, or don't buy them at all.
The Trek actually had better components than I expected, it had Acera rear derailleur which is better than both the entry level Tourney, and the next step up Altus. So I'm happy I only paid $130. the bike retailed for $490 in 2012 and it looks and feels totally brand new. And the Diamondback is a 2015, I paid $150 for it, and it too looks and feels/shifts just like brand new.
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Thanks 2_i for your input on how these style bikes feel klutzy. I have to say that my wife is not into bikes, she has probably only been on a bike about 10-15 times in her life (she's 43) and has bad vision in one eye and is overall a fairly clumsy person. I do love her btw!
I will have to disagree with you about how these style bikes feel klutzy, I've ridden them and they are uber comfortable and very easy to ride, easy on your back, and simple to get on and off of.
My wife also has two other bikes that are in the garage that she can use anytime she wants, one is a single speed boardwalk cruiser, the other is a GT mountain bike that fits her and has good components, deore groupset. I just thought that she would appreciate a more comfortable bike, given her limited biking skillset...and it appears I a was right, she did like 6 laps around our house last night on the Trek to my surprise.
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you are asking about used bikes I cannot see to know how much work ($) they need to be running well .

bring a mechanic knowledgeable about assessing condition ,

and the woman who will be riding it, when you go to the seller's house...
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we're Trek fans. go for it. not much to lose. good luck!
I ended up buying all three bikes and the Trek is by far the best of the three bikes. they are all decent, but the Trek is the clear winner!!
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I am a home mechanic. All three bikes were like new. I bought them all. The Trek has the nicest components and feel. The Jamis has grip shifters which will give her an option to see what she likes best. I will probably sell the Diamondback since it's not any different or as nice as the Trek.
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Machka, she isn't asking is she? And I don't expect she will anytime soon...so I'm doing it for her. thanks for your advice.

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