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Just got back from the bike shop with a new bike...

Old 04-11-08, 07:35 PM
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Just got back from the bike shop with a new bike...

My girlfriend decided to get into road biking, and bought her first bike today!

I made a post a few days ago when I was looking around for something for her. I was looking a little above entry level, but everything I saw looked way overpriced or didnt have the components that I was expecting for the money. Example a Sora\Tiagra bike at around $1250.

So, after riding a few bikes I called my former LBS (I now live out of state) and took a drive to go see all the great bikes that they had in stock, also anticipating a discount that they told me I would get for my efforts to make it down there. They remember that I was a customer there for a few years.

She rode a few more bikes when we got there, but the one she liked the best was a Felt FW40. She liked the ride even better than the Cannondales they had there, which made me happy since I ride a Felt and think they are great bikes.

The FW35, with all 105 parts, was sold out. So, the bike shop let me swap out all the parts on the FW40 that did not match and give me the same price as the FW35, also giving me 10% off the sticker. This includes shifters, full drive train, even cassette. Unbelievable customer service.

She ended up getting a full 105 bike in a nice color (orange) for under $1000. With tax it came up to $1000 almost on the button.

Sunday we are going out for the first ride. It is her first time on a road bike, so I am going to have to show her how to shift. I think it will go well, and cant wait to see how many miles we put in.
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Originally Posted by ac29593 View Post
Sunday we are going out for the first ride. It is her first time on a road bike, so I am going to have to show her how to shift. I think it will go well, and cant wait to see how many miles we put in.
Just be sure and let her decide the number of mile/s.
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She's never ridden a road bike and she's decided she wants to try racing? Until she can ride 20 mph+ for several hours without drafting and has experience pack riding, she has no chance. That will take over a year and thousands of miles.

This is not discouragement, just a reality check.
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Old 04-12-08, 12:54 PM
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Originally Posted by pagliaci View Post
She's never ridden a road bike and she's decided she wants to try racing?
Is that an offer, or a dare? I don't see any mention of racing.

ac29593, that's cool, finding a good deal on a good bike for her. Tomorrow's her big day, isn't it?
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Pictures?
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i wish my girlfriend didn't shutter everytime i mention her riding a bike haha. oh well at least she comes to races and takes pictures!
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i wish my girlfriend didn't shutter everytime i mention her riding a bike haha. oh well at least she comes to races and takes pictures!
Is your girlfriend a camera? Camera or no, that's a weird reaction to someone mentioning bike riding.


...or did you mean shudder?
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If she's never ridden a road bike before, take her to a big parking lot first with no traffic/cars going in and out, and have her get used to it. If she is using clipless pedals, then she has to learn that as well. Don't worry so much about logging a bunch of miles on Sunday....worry more about her getting comfortable on the bike, and working on her position on the bike....as well as going over some general bike handling things, such as turning and braking.

Basically....teach her how to ride a bike.
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It will be hard for you but remember she is a "rookie" & let her go at her speed. She will never be able to keep up so when you ride you will have to go her speed.

I hope you two have a great time, I really wished my wife would get into bike riding, or any type of exercise for that matter.

Enjoy your ride.
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Originally Posted by pagliaci View Post
She's never ridden a road bike and she's decided she wants to try racing? Until she can ride 20 mph+ for several hours without drafting and has experience pack riding, she has no chance. That will take over a year and thousands of miles.

This is not discouragement, just a reality check
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Well that's it, you might as well take the bike back while it's still worth something.

On a brighter note - I'm glad you're both excited with the new ride - have fun and good luck.
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I bought my fiancé some Dura Ace for her bike recently.
It may as well have been a brand new bike.
They like riding the nice stuff too apparently
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Nice score on the FW40 with the upgrades, is it "lipstick red"?

The FW line seems to fit women—especially smaller women—really well. We keep a few of the smaller size FW25s for women who can't fit on our Z25s. They have shorter reach levers for women with smaller hands. My wife test rode one around and commented on how nice that feature is.
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Pics, please Congrats, now she'll be giddy going to bike store with you so she can spend tons of time looking at jerseys, shorts, etc..
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LOL yeah, who ever mentioned racing? I know I didnt...

The bike does fit well. I think the women specific bikes are designed for shorter women, and my girlfriend is just under 5' 1''


Anyway, tomorrow is the big day. I am going to take her around the back roads of this quiet neighborhood that we live in. I wont take her out on a real road until she is comfortable. Im sure she is going to like it, and we most likely will be out for a couple hours I think. I took her to a bike path once about a year and a half ago and she biked 8 miles on a what felt like a 35 pound hybrid, so I think she will do just fine.

I will post some pics of the bike when she takes them. Im sure she will tomorrow.

On a side note, it was almost 80 degrees today, and I finally got my first ride in. Went 10 miles and mapped out a bit of what the roads look like out here. I just moved and wanted to get a scope of how the roads tie together.
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Originally Posted by SushiJoe View Post
I bought my fiancé some Dura Ace for her bike recently.
It may as well have been a brand new bike.
They like riding the nice stuff too apparently

Well Duh.........

Don't forget - along with a nice bike, there must be accessories....lots and lots of accessories.
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You got a really good deal!
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Pics of bike please...... Bonus points with her riding it HARD...
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Originally Posted by pagliaci View Post
She's never ridden a road bike and she's decided she wants to try racing? Until she can ride 20 mph+ for several hours without drafting and has experience pack riding, she has no chance. That will take over a year and thousands of miles.

This is not discouragement, just a reality check.
the learning curve for women in racing is not as steep as it is for men. so this is a bit of an overstatement. also, op made no mention of racing.
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Originally Posted by kniprm View Post
the learning curve for women in racing is not as steep as it is for men. so this is a bit of an overstatement. also, op made no mention of racing.

In all fairness to pagliaci the OP did say his GF mentioned wanting to "try racing" in the original post - he edited it out.
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Originally Posted by redirekib View Post
In all fairness to pagliaci the OP did say his GF mentioned wanting to "try racing" in the original post - he edited it out.
Thank you.
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Thank you.
What a downer man. I bet you're real fun at parties.
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My girlfriend decided to get into cycling last summer and she purchased a FW series felt as well. The lower end sora model. She's also about 5' 1" so it fit her perfectly. It's tough finding a bike to fit women that small. Oh and it of course had to be "pretty." So thankfully the bike she decided on is a nice baby blue. She would have it no other way. Oh and she just purchased some shoes yesterday, and yeah... they had to match the bike. Thankfully shimano has some nice shoes that come in blue. Women...
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Oh and she just purchased some shoes yesterday, and yeah... they had to match the bike. Thankfully shimano has some nice shoes that come in blue. Women...
If they're uncomfortable, hopefully she can find some matching blue insoles, too...

I asked a female coworker about the whole girly color thing. I still can't figure it out.
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Originally Posted by arterture View Post
My girlfriend decided to get into cycling last summer and she purchased a FW series felt as well. The lower end sora model. She's also about 5' 1" so it fit her perfectly. It's tough finding a bike to fit women that small. Oh and it of course had to be "pretty." So thankfully the bike she decided on is a nice baby blue. She would have it no other way. Oh and she just purchased some shoes yesterday, and yeah... they had to match the bike. Thankfully shimano has some nice shoes that come in blue. Women...
Pearl izumi has womens gloves that are baby blue with flowery stuff on the backs of the hands. Ask me how I know . Tifosi Envy glasses are baby blue.
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Pearl izumi has womens gloves that are baby blue with flowery stuff on the backs of the hands. Ask me how I know .
Wonder how they look with snot on them.
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