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Bike for wife(6 posts)

Bike for wifevelocity
Jan 2, 2003 10:37 AM
One of my new year's resolutions is to buy a bike for my wife. She has an old 3-speed Raleigh that looks cool but she never uses it. She's fit (runs, swims, does yoga, goes to the gym), but has never ridden very much. I was thinking of building up a road bike with a cheap (or used) frame and used parts, but am concerned that, given her biking inexperience, she will find the skinny tires, etc., daunting -- and this will go unused as well. Should I get her something out of the box? Go the hybrid or mtn bike route?

Given we live in a small NYC apt., there's only so much room... so it's especially important I make a good choice. I'd like to give her a bike she can commute on but that will also allow her to join me on my easier road rides. I'm learning toward a road bike hoping she'll catch the fever too, and will eventually be able to join me on my longer, harder rides. What do you guys think?
Surly Cross CheckAlex-in-Evanston
Jan 2, 2003 10:47 AM
Inexpensive, rough&tough, skinnies or fatties, looks cool. Can't go wrong.

Take a peekAlex-in-Evanston
Jan 2, 2003 10:49 AM

50cm. Seller's nearby too.

Thanks much for the suggestion and the link!velocity
Jan 2, 2003 11:01 AM
The Surly may indeed be the best option. I'd thought about it for myself at one point but went even cheaper for my commuter by using an old road frame. May wind up bidding on this but another issue re wife is convincing her that a frame made in Taiwan is worthy. She has her heart set on a frame made in Europe. And need to size her.
Unfortunately too bigvelocity
Jan 3, 2003 1:14 PM
Surly website says standover height on 50cm crosscheck is 769.4mm. Spouse's inseam is 76cm.
Sounds Like a Good Trade!CT1 Guy
Jan 2, 2003 12:24 PM
As I've got a number of spare bikes, does this make me a potential polygamist?