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Old 02-09-10, 09:54 AM
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Need Bike Recommendations for Girlfriend

I am looking to buy my girlfriend a bike so we can go on leisurely rides together on vacations etc. It will be mainly for bike path and street riding.

She wants a cruiser because of how comfortable they are but I know it is not practical for long bike rides.

I am looking for a bike that rides like a cruiser(upright position), has 18 or 21 gears, comfy seat, and is versatile and looking to spend approx $400 to $500.

Any suggestions or reviews would be great.

Thanks in advance!!!
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Old 02-09-10, 10:02 AM
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hmmm ... I'm tempted to suggest she rides the same kind of bike as you - including same size wheels and same tire type. I have mixed feelings about partners riding together. meaning partners can be good partners but not great riding buddies
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Old 02-09-10, 11:07 AM
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You're trading a girlfriend for some bike recommendation? I'm not sure that's 100% ethical or legal, but I have to admire your original thinking.

On the off chance I'm misinterpreting the title of your post, try Performance for their Fuji Absolute line. The store's marketing is irritating, but those are good value and frequently on "sale." Reasonably comfy, light and agile, and avoids nonsense that some have at this price (i.e. decent carbon rigid fork i/o useless low-end suspension fork). Their points scheme should net you a helmet for her as well.

Good luck!
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Old 02-09-10, 02:05 PM
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Why don't you look at the Trek Navigator series. Might be what you are looking for. http://www.trekbikes.com/women/wsd_p...avigator10wsd/
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Old 02-09-10, 02:24 PM
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What do you ride?

You may want to look into hybrids like the Cannondale Quick series
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Old 02-14-10, 06:44 PM
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Have her try out different bikes like Trek Pure, Giant Suede, or Electra. They all have upright geometry similar to cruisers. Tandem bikes? Check out the Bikes for the Rest of Us website too for bikes that are appealing to all kinds of riders that are not into speed only.
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Old 02-15-10, 08:41 PM
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Electra Townie 7 or 3I
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Old 02-16-10, 11:35 PM
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If you're looking at Trek bikes, I'd lean more towards the FX series... as it will be faster, like your road bike, but oriented towards comfort. She could always throw aero bars or bar ends on if she decided to do longer rides.
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Old 02-28-10, 01:01 AM
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I bought my girlfriend a Trek 7100WSD almost 3 years ago when we first started dating. She rode the spare MTB I had at the time (frame cracked and I put the components on a new frame for my brother) a few times with me on the fine gravel Canal path near her house, and liked it, but wanted a more comfy bike. She loved the ride of the 7100, so I bought it for her ($320). We go on rides all summer, up to about 25 miles and she likes the upright position the most. Specialized Globe series would be worth looking at, as well. Stick with 700x35 tires, they roll fast but at the same time are wide enough for gravel or even hardpack dirt.

And by the way, she makes a great cycling partner. No shes no where near as fast as I like to go, but that means I get to work on spinning and keeping my heart rate up for a good cardio We average about 10mph on the canal path, whereas I average around 13 last time I took my own trip on my mtb, but I also wore myself out good. The first few rides shes ALWAYS the one that keeps going and going... It is also a great way to spend time together, that and kayaking (and we have a TANDEM kayak, known as a "divorce boat"!!! we have become quite proficient at paddling as a team...) are our favorite warm weather activities together When shes got the energy, she will race a little here and there on the trail, too...

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Old 03-03-10, 07:48 AM
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I know this isn't the tandem forum but I'm still going to suggest you consider an entry level tandem. I was an "enthusiastic recreational" cyclist and my wife was a "I don't care about bikes, I just want to spend more time with you" cyclist. We picked up a used tandem on craigslist and it has been a lot more fun for us than the single bike I had previously purchased for her. Tandems are such a small niche market for cyclists that I believe many recreational riders never fully consider them and this is a shame. There are so many benefits to a tandem, even for casual recreational cyclists...

• Reduces the issue of having different strength, stamina, or ability levels while riding together.
• Allows you to ride close enough to have a conversation without riding dangerously 2 abreast.
• The novelty/bling factor should not be overlooked. With all the looks and comments you get, riding a tandem feels "special". [Maybe I'm just shallow but I like this feeling]
• Riding as a team rather than as individuals builds a sense of unity and trust which can translate to a stronger overall relationship.
• You can pick up a basic [low end] tandem or a nicer used tandem easily within the budget you have in mind.

Honestly there are some downfalls to tandeming though. The bikes are bigger and can be more difficult to transport or travel with depending on what vehicles you drive. They also seem to lack a "mid range" of tandems with low end models at a few hundred then a significant jump into the thousands for nicer models. The final pitfall of tandems is that not all couples will be 'tandem compatible' and as the old saying goes, "Wherever your relationship is going, it'll get there faster on a tandem".
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Old 03-16-10, 07:25 PM
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Electra Townie 21D $500
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Old 04-04-10, 09:39 AM
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http://www.google.com/products?oe=UT...ed=0CBEQrQQwAA

Above is a link attached that will help you choose the best bike for your girl.

What's important is that, you check the quality, and also if it gives your girlfriend smooth rides while biking.
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Old 04-15-10, 07:47 PM
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This site might help you understand what you need - also has lots of good information for new riders.

http://www.biketoledo.net
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