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Old 09-08-04, 09:02 AM
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hubby wants a bike now...

Ok folks...finally, we are looking at getting my husband a road bike. Here is the deal, do I get a kick a** road bike (since I have proven my interest in the sport) and give him my Bianchi, or do we look for a nice but affordable bike for him? I'm kind of leaning towards the awesome bike for myself, but to tell you the truth, I'm happy with my Bianchi and haven't really looked at much else. So...show me something else. I would like a lighter bike, something specifically road rather than touring like my Volpe. Chime in...pictures welcome (dsl rocks!)
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Well, I'm a big proponent of proper bike fit, so unless your hubby rides the same size bike, (my ex-wife and I could) get him his own properly fitted bike.

BTW, I just bought a Bianchi Axis (CX bike) and love it!

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My Bianchi is actually too big for me. So that's another reason I was thinking of getting a different bike. I had the stem replaced, and that seemed to do the trick, but I'm thinking if I had a bike that truly fit, I could be all kinds of happy!! BTW...I am nearly 5'8, he is just shy of 6'0. Besides...I WANNA A NEW BIKE!! I'm the one who has been riding her behind off...I deserve the new bike...right?
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In that case, yes, you deserve a new bike. I think you should consider a Reparto Course XL Carbon.

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Originally Posted by a2psyklnut
In that case, yes, you deserve a new bike. I think you should consider a Reparto Course XL Carbon.

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I WISH!! Dream bike for sure. It would be nice to have 4,000 to drop on a new bike. I could probably swing 1,500...but surely no more than 2k. (boohoo)
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why should your husband get a hand me down while you get a second new bike....geez?
if your husband wants a bike why not let him pick out his own that he wants and one that is properly fitted for you. you already know what its like to have an improper fit on a bike so why do that to your husband?
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why should your husband get a hand me down while you get a second new bike....geez?
if your husband wants a bike why not let him pick out his own that he wants and one that is properly fitted for you. you already know what its like to have an improper fit on a bike so why do that to your husband?
My Bianchi does fit him, we just need to raise the seat post, and it is only a year old, so it's not like it's a clunker. While he is nearly 6'0 his legs are shorter with a long torso (so my bike fits him). I have very long legs with a shorter torso (which is why I had to have the stem replased). He has a bike right now, but it's a cheapie Wal-Mart bike that (surprise) needs to be fixed. So instead of getting a chep bike fixed, we are going to buy a new bike. He and I have ridden together once. I don't want to drop money on a brand new bike that will be ridden only a handful of times. When he is at home, he would rather watch tv, I would rather ride my bike. This is my best effort to get him off the couch.
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So are you going to get another CX/Tour bike or a full fledged road bike?

I'm guessing your bike is a 55 cm. Right?

Planning on sticking with Bianchi? The Giro is an incredible bike for the money. Also, the shop where I work got a killer deal on some Demo program SL3's. They were selling them for less than the Giro's. If interested, PM me.

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Get out and shop around right away. With 2k, you can almost certainly find a great carbon frame in last year's model on sale within your price range.

As for who gets it . . . personally, I think it is perfectly reasonable to get an upgraded bike for the dedicated rider. If your husband rides with you and likes it, you can upgrade him in a year (with the 2005 close outs, maybe) when the better frame and components will make a difference to him.
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Originally Posted by cycleprincess
My Bianchi does fit him, we just need to raise the seat post, and it is only a year old, so it's not like it's a clunker. While he is nearly 6'0 his legs are shorter with a long torso (so my bike fits him). I have very long legs with a shorter torso (which is why I had to have the stem replased). He has a bike right now, but it's a cheapie Wal-Mart bike that (surprise) needs to be fixed. So instead of getting a chep bike fixed, we are going to buy a new bike. He and I have ridden together once. I don't want to drop money on a brand new bike that will be ridden only a handful of times. When he is at home, he would rather watch tv, I would rather ride my bike. This is my best effort to get him off the couch.
Save your money... put it in the bank.... you are going to need a new husband soon enough... because his ass will get fat and yours will stay thin and when you come home after a group ride with a bunch of fit cyclists and see his fat ass watching football and stuffing his face... you are going to take up that offer and take a detour on the next ride with one of your riding buds....
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It may be a scratch above your $2K limit but you need to get yourself one of these:



I've had my bike for about two weeks now and I think I'm in love. I'm actually considering leaving my wife for this bike

In all seriousness, I am simply amazed by how great the ride is on this bike. The carbon fork and stays absorb absolutely all of the bumps yet it remains a very stiff bike, extremely easy to handle. And of course, it's very light. Rims and seat are decent and the Ultegra group is just nice. I couldn't be happier, you must at least test ride on of these bikes but be careful, you'll surely break your budget after that.

EDIT: Yes, the dork disk is gone, the picture was taken literally the day I got the bike.
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Originally Posted by cycleprincess
My Bianchi does fit him, we just need to raise the seat post, and it is only a year old, so it's not like it's a clunker...
I say the interloper gets your scraps until he proves himself worthy...your budget for your new bike is $1.5-2K? Eros Donna or Veloce is in your price range...

Think about it...with a seatpost adjustment, you would have two bikes that you love! Does life get better than that? Ummmm...

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ya'll have no head for marital presevation.
Buy 2 new bikes. trade the old Bianchi in,
get yourself something nice (you deserve it) and
sleek and roadie, and get him something similiar
(albeit at a more entry level)
bingo, both Husband and Wife happy.
Then when he gets bitten (and he will I'm betting) you
can both go to the LBS and buy more stuff.
As my wife has been known to browse these forums
I have to say that any purchases are HER idea, and
a damned good one too!

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Originally Posted by Steelrider
I say the interloper gets your scraps until he proves himself worthy...your budget for your new bike is $1.5-2K? Eros Donna or Veloce is in your price range...

Think about it...with a seatpost adjustment, you would have two bikes that you love! Does life get better than that? Ummmm...
EXACTLY!!!

edit...OMG...LOVE the Veloce!!

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...Kestrel Talon is at higher end of your range if you're looking composite. Marital preservation, budget, marital preservation, budg...

Most marrieds choose budget! On the balance, if the fit really is ok, you could very easily invest minimal bucks in a new stem, tape job, seat, color matching tires and remake the Bianchi into something he could get into. If he got a new bike, would you spending as much or more than was spent on your Bianchi? If he doesn't ride much at all, I'd find it difficult to spend much on the "hope" that he rides more. Honestly, I think that most refinements on higher end bikes are lost on beginners anyway - you need to understand the functional benefits before you can have a real appreciation for them. Again, if the fit is OK for him and you know it is too big for you, upgrading your bike seems like a better solution. Is he secure enough that his ego can take inheriting his wife's ride?
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Go here and look. Great place to start.

http://www.competitivecyclist.com/

I like all steel.
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Get 2 new bikes and ebay the Bianchi - people seem to eat Bianchis up on ebay.
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I think your hubby needs to pay his dues, demonstrate his dedication if you will.

The solution... buy him a nice Huffy and if he's still riding in three months, upgrade
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be harder to sell that Huffy than the Bianchi.

Let him ride yours and see if he enjoys it and get you a new one. If he doesn't like it 3 months from now, ebay it.
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Get yourself a new bike, girl! After he 'proves' himself, he can get a new one.
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I gave my wife my Merkx when I bought my Serotta (she's 5'9" and I'm 5'10"). She really really wanted to go riding with me but after about a month she decided she didn't really like it all that much. I Sold the Merkx and bought her a mountain bike and she is much more comfortable with that. Give him your old bike if he's still into it after a couple of months and wants to get a better bike sell the Bianchi and get him one. If he quits you can still sell it or keep it for bad weather days or turn it into a fixed gear or a cyclocross bike.
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Originally Posted by cycleprincess
My Bianchi is actually too big for me. So that's another reason I was thinking of getting a different bike. I had the stem replaced, and that seemed to do the trick, but I'm thinking if I had a bike that truly fit, I could be all kinds of happy!! BTW...I am nearly 5'8, he is just shy of 6'0. Besides...I WANNA A NEW BIKE!! I'm the one who has been riding her behind off...I deserve the new bike...right?
Get a new bike that fits you!!!! Let him ride and prove that he needs something better!.... Ever thought about posting your picture here????

Just love the name CyclePrincess...

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G'day Princess,

dump him...come to Oz & run off with me.......(but will have to get rid of the bianchi & get you onto a Look frame, otherwise I can't be seen with you!)...lol

cheers,

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Originally Posted by greenstork


EDIT: Yes, the dork disk is gone, the picture was taken literally the day I got the bike.
Excuse my ignorance, what are you referring to when you say dork disk?
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Originally Posted by NeoBinary
dork disk?
= black plastic disk between the rear wheel spokes and rear cassette (gear cluster)...
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