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Old 07-30-18, 05:05 PM
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Ladies? New bike for wife.

All are welcome to comment, however I'm particularly interested in women's comments that may have had similar experiences.

My wife has been riding a beach cruiser police auction special that weighs in the 30+ lbs range. Recently, she's expressed an interest in something new and lighter.

I'm curious what people may recommend.

I'd love to get her onto something like a hybrid or drop bar commuter, but I think she'd prefer sometime like the the Felt Cafe here:
http://m.feltbicycles.com/productcatalog/product/3/10173059

She has struggled with seat comfort, gearing, and fit in general. If I can convince her to do a fitting, that would be a win.

I would love any kind of gateway drug bicycles this community could suggest to bridge her from beautiful beach cruisers to something more rideable.
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Old 08-09-18, 08:51 AM
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You must get her to a bicycle shop(s). Test some out. Road, hybrids or maybe a nice little bmx is her style.
most important though is to think about "well if she gets a new bike why shouldn't I..."
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It's hard without knowing what your wife is like, but I went from beach cruiser types to lower-end vintage road bike frames in my mid-20s and those were my gateway.

I think my first one was a vintage Schwinn (didn't pay attention to the model back then, but it was from the late 70s) that had bright blue accents. If you want to get her on something lighter, maybe color can be a good point of transition - maintaining some inherent femininity and fun that she might think she's losing with the cruiser shape.
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I know nothing about vintage frames/bikes, but I notice those topics get a lot of attention on this site. I'll have to do some reading.

I'm a little concerned about weight with vintage. But I totally see your point. She loves blue and she loves style.

I really don't see her trying a bunch of rides, but it might be worth exploring. Hopefully that would develop some buy in to the process. I just fear her getting burnt out. Maybe I'll narrow it down to 2-3 styles she likes and then set some dates to go visit specific shops with those styles.

I'm still hunting for suggestions or specific models people have liked after riding beach cruisers.
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Check out the Electra Townie(s). They were designed with comfort as the priority.
Lots of models to choose from:

https://www.electrabike.com/bikes
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Whatever brand you go with, if they have a women's specific design, it will fit her better than a men's bike. I have a LeMond road bike and my wife has the women's specific version (made for shorter torso, longer legs, narrower shoulders), and my wife very much enjoys her road bike, moreso than if it was a small men's. Two examples are Giant and Trek (sure others have bikes designed for a womans physique but these are just two examples). Giant has their Liv bikes: https://www.liv-cycling.com/us and Trek also has them: https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/b...-bikes/c/B504/ .
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She has to test a few out personally
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I know nothing about vintage frames/bikes, but I notice those topics get a lot of attention on this site. I'll have to do some reading.

I'm a little concerned about weight with vintage. But I totally see your point. She loves blue...
Vintage quality isn't really heavier than modern unless you're into the carbon wonder-bike category (can be 10K+)
My 88 Bianchi was entry level, I've been riding it for 13years. Bianchi celeste mixte might be popular, add a brooks b68 for comfort.
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I found my wife a vintage Trek that worked well with swept back (i.e. cruiser) handlebars
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Old 11-13-18, 09:46 AM
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it just depends on the kind of riding she wants to do. I will 2nd what someone else said; if she likes the felt cafe, she should also look at the Townie Electras.

Also, this has nothing to do with your wife being a woman. I am a woman and ride a top of the line road bike with aggressive geometry... and it is not WSD. I have absolutely no need for a felt cafe or townie electra, because those bikes don't suit my riding style. But they suit the riding style of a large number of men and women alike (a lot more people ride that kind of bike than ride the kind of bikes I have).
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