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Took the plunge and bought the wife a bike

Old 11-06-10, 08:56 PM
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Took the plunge and bought the wife a bike

After several weeks of exhaustive searching, I decided to get my wife a Fuji Newest 3.0...same as mine. Didn't really want to be the goofy married couple with matching bikes...but I got it for $467 after a 15% discount. It was the best deal I could find and both bikes get lifetime free adjustments at Performance Bike. Taking her out for her first ride tomorrow. She wants to go all out on a 30 miler to the coast. It tried to caution her about such a long ride right away, but she thinks that because she used to teach spin that she'll be fine. Well see. Anyway, can't wait to get out there tomorrow.
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Hmm...so...now you're "permitted" at LEAST two more right? Something...race-y and...something to get dirty on? Yes, surely she'll agree.
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Cool... I was thinking the Fuji was a better deal than the GT you were looking at. Hope she enjoys the bike.
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Good luck, bought my wife a bike last Christmas, she has ridden it once.
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Originally Posted by obiwan kenobi View Post
Good luck, bought my wife a bike last Christmas, she has ridden it once.
That's what I'm affraid of. I think she'll ride with me once in a while on the weekends, but I really don't see her out there on her own much. She is an avid runner. I'm trying to conver her to biking...it's better for her knees.
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We just got my wife a bike today; first time she even tried riding in 37 years. No pretensions; we got her a comfort bike. We have an epic ride planned for tomorrow: Around the block. I think she'll come up to speed, but this is kind of all brand new to her and I'm not pushing it; I'm just glad she finally got a bike.
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Old 11-06-10, 10:00 PM
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Cool... I was thinking the Fuji was a better deal than the GT you were looking at. Hope she enjoys the bike.
I didn't see anything on the GT that was worth $200 more than the Fuji.
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Originally Posted by obiwan kenobi View Post
Good luck, bought my wife a bike last Christmas, she has ridden it once.
My riding partner and best friend bought his wife a road bike a year and a half ago, I have ridden it more then she has. I think I put around 20 miles on it before I decided I enjoyed ridding and bought a bike for myself. Oh well, it gives him a reason to get away for awhile and relax...I guess riding up the mountains is a form of relaxation right?

I think it would be great to find someone that enjoyed riding, but then I also like the solo rides to just clear the mind and get work off the mind as well.
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A few years ago I bought my wife a Specialized Ruby Comp. She had done some riding before that on an older ill-fitting hand me down with DT shifters and thought she'd enjoy a "real" bike, so i jumped in. Since I bought her's new, I actually spent more on it than I had on my own bike. My theory being as follows: Spend less on a crappy bike for your wife fearing that it won't get used anyway, and she'll resent the fact that hers is heavier than yours, and doesn't look or shift quite as nicely etc....and guess what, self-fulfilling prophesy. The bike hangs in the garage for years, and is eventually sold off. But buy her a bike as nice as yours, and she'll take it seriously, have no barriers to excel and will have a better chance of learning to truly enjoy it.

Well, for me (us) my theory paid off. Her school schedule over the first couple of years kept her from putting huge amounts of miles on it, but I always made myself available to ride with her when she did have time, even missing my own group rides at times to ride with her. This past year she's had more time, gotten in far better shape, ridden lots with me and some without me, and even done a handful of races. She's joined me many times at the local crit practice, and has really discovered a love of competitive riding. We've both joined a great local team and plan on doing more racing in the coming year and likely beyond. Oh, and in addition to riding on the weekend with me, she's even been commuting to work most days and loves it. Hooray bike-commuting.

So don't be discouraged by the stories of failed attempts to get wifey to ride. Just be deliberate and smart about priorities. Also don't fall victim to the habit of riding 10+ yards OTF while "riding with her." Ride WITH her or behind her when necessary if it helps. And for buying an equivalent bike for her. I'm certain that it makes a significant psychological difference.

*edit* Oh, also NEVER, and I do mean NEVER try to combine your training rides with your rides with her. It simply will not work.

Best of luck.

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Originally Posted by SRHilden View Post
My riding partner and best friend bought his wife a road bike a year and a half ago, I have ridden it more then she has. I think I put around 20 miles on it before I decided I enjoyed ridding and bought a bike for myself. Oh well, it gives him a reason to get away for awhile and relax...I guess riding up the mountains is a form of relaxation right?

I think it would be great to find someone that enjoyed riding, but then I also like the solo rides to just clear the mind and get work off the mind as well.
I like the solo rides as well. When I was running, all I could think about was how bad my knees hurt. On the bike I can kind of think about nothing. Very relaxing. Same when I rode a motorcycle. There is just something about being on two wheels and getting the knees in the breeze. Well see how much all those spin classes were worth once we hit our first big hill tomorrow.
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Originally Posted by Tunnelrat81 View Post
A few years ago I bought my wife a Specialized Ruby Comp. She had done some riding before that on an older ill-fitting hand me down with DT shifters and thought she'd enjoy a "real" bike, so i jumped in. Since I bought her's new, I actually spent more on it than I had on my own bike. My theory being as follows: Spend less on a crappy bike for your wife fearing that it won't get used anyway, and she'll resent the fact that hers is heavier than yours, and doesn't look or shift quite as nicely etc....and guess what, self-fulfilling prophesy. The bike hangs in the garage for years, and is eventually sold off. But buy her a bike as nice as yours, and she'll take it seriously, have no barriers to excel and will have a better chance of learning to truly enjoy it.

Well, for me (us) my theory paid off. Her school schedule over the first couple of years kept her from putting huge amounts of miles on it, but I always made myself available to ride with her when she did have time, even missing my own group rides at times to ride with her. This past year she's had more time, gotten in far better shape, ridden lots with me and some without me, and even done a handful of races. She's joined me many times at the local crit practice, and has really discovered a love of competitive riding. We've both joined a great local team and plan on doing more racing in the coming year and likely beyond. Oh, and in addition to riding on the weekend with me, she's even been commuting to work most days and loves it. Hooray bike-commuting.

So don't be discouraged by the stories of failed attempts to get wifey to ride. Just be deliberate and smart about priorities. Also don't fall victim to the habit of riding 10+ yards OTF while "riding with her." Ride WITH her or behind her when necessary if it helps. And for buying an equivalent bike for her. I'm certain that it makes a significant psychological difference.

*edit* Oh, also NEVER, and I do mean NEVER try to combine your training rides with your rides with her. It simply will not work.

Best of luck.

-Jeremy
Good stuff. I really wanted to get her something used or something from Bikes Direct for $300 (because I don't think she's going to ride it much without me)...but I know she wouldn't be happy with and "inferior" bike. She got really mad at me when I took a ride out to the coast earlier this week and texted her pictures while she was at her new job (just started working part time to earn some spending cash). She didn't have a bike so she saw it as bragging since she couldn't come with me. Now she has her own bike and we are doing the same ride tomorrow out to the coast. I hope she likes biking and reduces her running mileage. I don't want her to tear up her knees like I did.
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I think it would be great to find someone that enjoyed riding, but then I also like the solo rides to just clear the mind and get work off the mind as well.
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So, how do you like the Fuji? I'm looking at one, but keep seeing some bad press about the bikes being made in China and Taiwan, not Japan. Do you think this compromises the quality of the bike? I have an OLD Fuji, like a 1974 model, that I love, and would love to have a new Fuji, but am a little hesitant. I'm really interested in some opinions about Fujis. Thanks, in advance!
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So, how do you like the Fuji? I'm looking at one, but keep seeing some bad press about the bikes being made in China and Taiwan, not Japan. Do you think this compromises the quality of the bike? I have an OLD Fuji, like a 1974 model, that I love, and would love to have a new Fuji, but am a little hesitant. I'm really interested in some opinions about Fujis. Thanks, in advance!
I really don't have anything to compare it to as this is my first road bike...but so far I love it! I think you will find that most bikes are made in China. To be honest, I haven't seen any bad press about this bike, unless it's being compared to much more expensive bikes. It's an entry level bike, not intended to compete with the $2000 bike market. For the money, I believe it's the best bang for the buck. It has entry level components that work just fine, but if you want you can upgrade the deraileurs very cheaply. I shopped around A LOT and this bike is perfect for me. It looks great, rides great and I was able to get two of them for the price of most other bikes. If you have a Performance Bicycle store near you, drop by. They'll let you take it outside for a test ride. I think it's easily the best bike under $600. Absolutely no complaints so far.
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Did you get it at the Performance in Oceanside? They're good guys. A lot of them were there years ago when it was Supergo.
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The wife did pretty good today. She was very nervous at first (rode the brakes down every hill) but soon warmed up to it. Did 15 miles before she had to get off. Very leisurely pace but we had fun. Weird thing, she goes slow down hills but picks up the pace going up the hills.
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Originally Posted by DynamicD74 View Post
So, how do you like the Fuji? I'm looking at one, but keep seeing some bad press about the bikes being made in China and Taiwan, not Japan. Do you think this compromises the quality of the bike? I have an OLD Fuji, like a 1974 model, that I love, and would love to have a new Fuji, but am a little hesitant. I'm really interested in some opinions about Fujis. Thanks, in advance!
I have ridden a Fuji Team for the past year and it is a great bike. As other posts have indicated, I just got my BMC this weekend and the difference is noticable. Yes, the BMC is lighter and the gruppo is better than the Ultegra/105 mix on the Fuji, but most important of all, it has made me realize how twitchy my Fuji is. The BMC feels much more connected to the road and tracks through the line much better than my Fuji. All that said, I think my Fuji Team is a great buy, especially at it's price point. My fitter shared that Fuji has lengthened the head tube on the '11s. This may be to improve handling. I'm not that suave to understand the dynamics though.
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Did you get it at the Performance in Oceanside? They're good guys. A lot of them were there years ago when it was Supergo.
I got mine at the Oceanside store and my wife's at the Kearney Mesa store. Both place are about equal distant from my house in Escondido. Both shops very friendly and helpful. Took mine in to the Kearney Mesa store and had them do a quick adjustment on the derailuers. They did it for me in about 10 minutes right there on the spot. I love all the sales they have and the 10% store credit on every purchase with their membership card.
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When you're ready for a group ride, check us out. http://northcountycycleclub.com
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Just checked out your website. Sounds like a lot of fun. Once my son's football season is over in two weeks (I'm a coach and have very little free time after work or on Saturdays) I'll be in touch.
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I think it would be great to find someone that enjoyed riding, but then I also like the solo rides to just clear the mind and get work off the mind as well.
Meh. My husband and I usually ride together, and it's almost like a solo ride but not. We don't chat much. I can clear my mind just fine even if he's with me.

And he went and picked out the same bike I did, so we are the couple with the matching bikes. D'oh!
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Meh. My husband and I usually ride together, and it's almost like a solo ride but not. We don't chat much. I can clear my mind just fine even if he's with me.

And he went and picked out the same bike I did, so we are the couple with the matching bikes. D'oh!
I'll be getting the black Forte Titan rims soon, so our bikes will look a little different.
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