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starter bike recommendations for my GF(6 posts)

starter bike recommendations for my GFDark Sonix
May 21, 2002 7:09 AM
After some minor prodding, my girlfriend has become genuinely enthusiastic about riding. I tried mountain biking with her first, but she has really taken to the road, which is great by me. However, the '85 schwinn sprint i have been loaning her has outlived its useful life.

anyone have recommendations for a good "best buy" starter bike in the $600 to $800 range? we have looked at jamis ventura, giant ocr 2, specialized allez, and lemond nevada city. any comments on these or others would be much appreciated. i am worried she will steal my klein soon.
what about used?nyedid
May 21, 2002 8:34 AM
Check the classifieds here-- you could probably make your/her money stretch a lot further if you went used. And (gasp!) you could always try ebay. good luck, and congrats on having a girl who's interested in cycling; my girlfriend and i are getting into cycling together and it's a lot of fun. --namir
Trek's 'Women Specific Design'spyderman
May 21, 2002 1:31 PM
Trek offers WSD for their 2000, 2200, 2300 series.

They have narrower bars
Thinner grips
Smaller wheels
Shorter cranks
WSD saddle

Give it a try...
Trek's 'Women Specific Design' AARRRGGGHHHH!!!!!!!!!theBreeze
May 21, 2002 3:34 PM
Why is it always the men who pop up with the "women specific design" suggestion. Sure, she could try it and if she likes it and it fits great. But don't try to steer her to "girl" bikes just because she's a girl. Lots of regular bikes fit lots of women. And unles she is seriously short or has real short legs, forget the smaller wheels; unless you want her to never get regular sag support. Hey, I'm 5'1" and ride a 50 cm bike with regular 700 wheels.
(official end of rant here)

Just like anybody else she should ride a bunch of bikes in as many materials as she can find and pick what feels good. Great stuff in Al, carbon and steel for a not outrageous price.

Best of luck, hope she finds a great ride!
Rock on, sister!jtolleson
May 21, 2002 6:57 PM
WSD bikes are for a certain segment of the bike buying population, and actually that segment could be "W" or "F."

Some women do very well in the traditional "men's" cycle market, some need just a little tweaking. It is complicated. And WSD marketing bugs me the way women's dry cleaning prices bugs me... sometimes all it means is that women basically pay more for the SAME thing.

Ahem. Give us her cycling specs (even just cycling inseam and height) and my guess is that the women roadies here (and some of the guys) will be full of good suggestions.

One of mine is... get her to a Bianchi dealer. Between the Eros and the Eros Donna, there are a couple of nice options at her price point for a newer rider to be comfortable.
AARRRRRGGGGHHH,,,Is there no pleasing you WOMEN?spyderman
May 22, 2002 9:19 PM
Perhaps the idea of a bike designed for Women makes total sense??? Have you ever tested the "WSD"? If you came back with "No don't try it, it suks..." I'd have understood... But this???

How dare "A Man" suggest such a thing.. A "girl bike"???

You complain that "It's a Man's world", and yet when they make something that's specifically designed to fit Women better you take offense?????????????

And, you take further offense when a MAN suggests it!!!!

WOW, have you got issues...

I guess if it were designed by a Woman, made by a Woman, suggested by a Woman, it would have been ok?

Wake up Babe, you are sexist!

So, do you hate all Men or just your Father?