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Which bike for my wife?

Old 09-17-04, 08:28 PM
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Which bike for my wife?

Hello,

My wife has an old hybrid bike (12 year old bianchi boardwalk) that is in great condition. It came with 700x35c knobbies which we replaced with road tires so she could do road rides with me. The problem is that every time we want to go off road riding we have to switch tires so we were thinking of getting her another bike. Would it be better to put to widest posible off-road tires on the hybrid and get her a road bike or to leave the road tires on, maybe get a set of aero bars and get her a mountain bike? We have gone off road riding before and she seems happy with it but she has never ridden a real mountain bike either.

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It would depend on:

What percentage of the time would she be riding road vs. offroad? Put the money where it will do the most good.

Does your wife want a bike with drop bars? If not, stick with the hybrid for road riding.

Is the hybrid with the original knobbies adequate for the offroad riding you are doing or want to do? If you are just doing dirt roads and packed trails, there may be no need for a mountian bike.

Aero bars are a bad idea for most people unless they are doing triathalons or time trials or such. They are meant for long streches of open road where you don't need quick access to the brakes. They can be unsafe on multuse trails, city streets, etc. There is no reason not to mount conventional drop bars on a hybrid. You would need new shifters and brake levers but depending on the make/vintage of the drivetrain, older STI levers or bar ends can be had on eBay for not too much. I just did this with an older Trek hybrid to use it as a commuter and it works great.

One additional possibility would be simply to buy a new set of wheels so you can easily switch between the two types of tires. It would cost a lot less than a new bike.

Having said all that, I like road bikes better, so you should put knobbies back on the Bianchi and get her a nice road machine ;-)
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