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Bike for 5'7" girl(10 posts)

Bike for 5'7" girlBilliam
May 6, 2002 7:46 AM
Looking for a nice comfort bike for less than 200.00. Any suggestions? Thanks.
go to your local bike shop...Jekyll
May 6, 2002 8:28 AM
Just stay out of the Marts. Go to a reputable local shop and take a look around - they should have a bike or two in that price range and should be able to provide some fit advice.
Buying from a bike shop also means (for the most part) that the bike will at least be properly assembled and that there will be service and maintenance after the sale. Its hard to ask for anything more than that for $200.
Good luck.
also check specialscyclopathic
May 6, 2002 9:01 AM
Performance, LBS usually drop prices on last year model, you may save 25-50$.
Yeah -- spend another $300 and get a decent bike.Gator
May 6, 2002 11:38 AM
Come on, $200? Save up another $300, go to a bike shop and buy a well-made bike that will last. I hate to be blunt, but $200 will buy you nothing more $300 worth of repairs and upgrades; there simply isn't a bike worth riding available for $200.

That said, look for year-end close-outs or leftovers from last year; they're usually good values. Trek and possibly Cannondale makes affordable woman-specific bikes.
Yeah -- spend another $300 and get a decent bike.Billiam
May 6, 2002 12:35 PM

I am sure that you are well respected on this site. That said, I have never had to pay 300.00 in repairs on my daughters last comfort bike, a Diamondback. I was just looking for a few open minded suggestions, which I have gotten. You, however, are way off base.
$200 can be enoughPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
May 6, 2002 11:58 AM
It may not get you anything special and it may not last as long as one thats even slightly more expensive but go to a bikeshop see what they have talk to the people and if need be and you can't scrounge up anymore money go to a department store and buy a bike there. If you want to make it into a road bike you can also invest a little bit of money probly around $10 per tire and get wide road tires that'll go a lot faster if your not going off road. The rider makes the bike, remember that! Once your hooked on the sport then might be the time to get a lot better one and invest a lot more money.

Nick Corcoran
Canadian National Cycling Team
Features vs. qualitySpoke Wrench
May 6, 2002 2:32 PM
Honestly, I think that $200.00 is a pretty tough target.

At that price point you tend to get some pretty crummy parts particularly in areas like hubs, rims, brakes and bottom brackets. I'm not too fond of low end SRAM derailleurs or Shimano "C" series stuff either. I have a pretty good idea of how that stuff works because my job is fixing it.

I think there's a HUGE difference between a $200.00 and a $400.00 bike, especially if you look for upgraded quality rather than marginally performing features (like rear suspension). My favorite comfort bike is the Trek Navigator 300, but that's going to about double your budget. We use those in our rental fleet and they are all but bullet proof. People love them.

At that price point, I doubt you'll find big discounts on last season's merchandise. Good luck.
Features vs. qualityBilliam
May 6, 2002 3:23 PM
Thanks for your comments and the suggestion.
re: Bike for 5'7" girlpmf1
May 6, 2002 5:14 PM
Hey, I understand you don't want to spend much, but you really do get what you pay for. Most of the nerds here (including myself -- I have several road bikes worth over $3500 each) have front wheels that cost more than $200. For that price, you're going to have to go to toy r us or walmart and get a bike which will work fine for you if you don't plan to ride it more than 200 miles per year and are willing to pitch it in 3 years or so. For really short rides with your kid, it'll probably work OK. It'll be heavy and the drive train will will go downhill pretty fast (keeping it oiled helps). If you spend more, you'll get more. At the low end, an extra $400 is the a huge difference. At the high end, you're talking about a marginal improvement such as a wheel. If you want something that will last for a while, pennywise and poundfoolish is something to think about. Bicycling magazine reviews road bikes all over the map and the issue I recently got had a road bike in the $550 range. Maybe check that out. I think that mag is a good place for the first time buyer to look (I find it boring and only get it because they keep sending it to me for free). Consumer reports is also a no nonsense place to look for lower end, but decent bikes. To just tool around, a cruiser type bike would fit your bill and they're priced in the $500 range. Its a bread and butter item for most bike shops so you should see choices on the floor ready to go.

Please don't be put off -- the maturity level of this board is not always real high. Go look and post again. My wife is your same height. She barely knew how to ride when I met here and has ridden over 1000 miles this year so far.
re: Bike for 5'7" girlBilliam
May 7, 2002 6:45 AM
I appreciate the concern of the responses that I have received. My daughter is only 12, but a tall one for her age. She does not ride much but wants something that she can just ride around on, like a kid. She will not be riding more than a few miles a week, if that much :-) Her last bike was a Diamondback Outlook but she out grew it. I refuse to go the Department store route, I have done that before and learned my lesson. Understandably, 200.00 is very low end for most companies like Diamondback, Raleigh, etc. but that would be fine. I will be going to the local bike store to brouse and see what is out there. Thanks for all of the responses. If I can convince my wife that we should spend the extra money, I would love to get a Cannondale for her but just don't see that the investment will ever be realized. Thanks again.