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Old 11-26-08, 01:29 AM
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Looking for a bike for my girl friend, seeking recomendations

Hey everyone,

Im trying to help my girlfriend find a new bike. Shes 57, shes a size 6 I think, and has a smaller frame. She does have shorter legs as well.

Im kind of on the fence about what to recommend to her, I think much like myself, shell spend most of her time riding in the city along paved lakeshore paths, or forest reserves, etc for exercise. I may take her out to do some mountain biking from time to time, but nothing overly technical and full of rocks, stumps, or jumps. Neither of us will be doing any hardcore downhill riding in Colorado or anything like that.

For that reason, Ive been thinking she should get a comfort bike. The reality is, she probably will be doing little Mountain Biking, but at least it will give her the option to do some, if she chooses. I dont know that shell get into hardcore road biking either. I think a comfort bike would be good enough to enjoy riding primarily in the city and will be nice to have the upright position and the extra suspension of a comfort bike.

On the other hand, I also know that like ANY multi-purpose tool, it will allow you to do more then one thing, but NOT excel at either. Ive had a Trek Navigator 300 for about 3 years now, and Im starting to realize that I need to buy a DEDICATED bike for mountain biking and road biking. Ill probably spend the money on a new MTB in the next year, but buy a used road bike.

Id also like to mention that through someone she knows she can get a pretty good deal on Trek bikes, so shes only going to be sticking with that brand. As far as her budget, Id say up to $600 would probably be what she can spend on this.

Based on all of that, I was thinking the Navigator 3.0 WSD or the 7300 WSD would be the best for her?

Link to Navigator 3.0 WSD:
http://www.trekbikes.com/women/wsd_p...avigator30wsd/

7300 WSD:
http://www.trekbikes.com/women/wsd_p..._path/7300wsd/

Does anyone have any experience with these?

Im going to admit right now that Im completely nave about frame construction, so Im also wondering if the frame on these bikes is weaker for MTBing because theres no top tube? Should she be more concerned about the step through frame cracking if the bike is really taking a beating on a trail?
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Old 11-26-08, 01:35 AM
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What about cyclocross bikes?
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Old 11-26-08, 10:59 AM
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This is a mountain bike forum so someone has to say it, 4500WSD.
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Old 11-26-08, 12:37 PM
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Buy her a nice used bike for $600. It will probably work better and be lighter than a new one of the same costage.

Costage is not a word.
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Originally Posted by pinkrobe View Post
Costage is not a word.
But has flairage.
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I did a flairage off some gnarlage, and cased the landage. The costage is a week with no bikage.
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I did a flairage off some gnarlage, and cased the landage. The costage is a week with no bikage.
If you can't poop, you'll need some roughage.
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You cant take a comfort bike mountain biking. It doesnt matter how easy or non techinical the trail is. Have you considered a cyclocross bike?
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Keep in mind that a WSD is not always right for a woman, depends upon individual proportions. Non-WSD can sometimes be the best fit for a particular gal.
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If she can get a good deal on the Trek can she get a good deal on Gary Fisher since they come from the same factory? I have the Marlin GS $709 http://www.fisherbikes.com/bike/model/marlin-gs I got the 15.5 , I'm only 5'3" but have a 31 inch inseam. She just needs to try some different bikes. The geometry on the Trek and the GF are different.
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If you can't poop, you'll need some roughage.
What some pourage while you forage for some roughage?
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she could ride me, I work best on technical singletrack... as long as theres not much underbrush
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I knew somebody was gonna say that ^^^^
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