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Best 105 equipped bike for newbie girlfriend?(9 posts)

Best 105 equipped bike for newbie girlfriend?Daddylonglegs
Sep 8, 2003 7:55 PM
Has anyone recently purchased a entry level 105 equipped bike? I have been looking at the offerings from KHS, Ironhorse and Tommaso at Being that it's her first bike I am looking to strike a balance between value and performance.
I would wait until she's no longer an newbie girlfreind before buying her a bike.firstrax
Sep 8, 2003 8:27 PM
Lets make sure the relationship lasts before buying her expensive gifts.

Or did you mean shes new to cycling but old to you? If thats the case, fit, fit and more fit. Newbie girls dont care about the social status of different brands. The best way to get her interested in the sport is to make sure shes comfortable. Even if that means sticking her on something you wouldnt be caught dead on at the club ride.
Now with that said, the Tommaso does look like a nice little package.
"newbie girls don't care about social status"PseuZQ
Sep 8, 2003 9:44 PM
Famous last words. Remember them this Christmas when you get ...The Ugly Sweater.

Amen! - TestimonialCRM
Sep 9, 2003 1:41 PM
A few years ago, I really wanted my girlfriend to ride a bike. Not just ride a bike, but love and cherish the sport as much as I. It is this passion that clouded my senses. Don't let it happen to you.

My girlfriend was a runner with knee problems. When she mentioned that she wanted to get a road bike and ride with me, I thought it was the greatest thing that ever happened. Her birthday was near and I went out and found a great closeout deal on a chromoly Jamis. Just to make sure she was comfortable, I put a women's specific saddle on it. To round off the package, a cordless cycle computer.

Knowing my girlfriend, I figured she wouldn't do anything that she can't look good doing, so we went clothing shopping. A new helmet and gloves were starters, followed by a stylish jersey and shorts. Total spent: about $850.

I should have known that things weren't going to work out when it took her about a month to actually go on a ride. Our first ride together (and her first on the bike) totalled 6 miles. I was nice and supportive and I wanted her to like it. THERE WERE NO MORE RIDES. To this day, as God as my witness, she has NEVER RIDDEN THAT BIKE AGAIN.

Thankfully (for many more reasons than this), we broke up and I am happily married to someone else (who does not ride). I am a forgiving person and I harbor no particular ill will toward my ex, EXCEPT FOR THAT DAMN BIKE! What a waste of money. She still has it, of course, no doubt sitting in her garage with flat tires, covered in dust and 6 lousy miles on the odometer. Please, learn from my mistakes. If you want her to ride, get her a clunker and make sure she really likes it and wants to ride. Then, and only then, consider buying yourself a "second" bike and lending it to her! ;)
Checked out Felt?RGerwig
Sep 8, 2003 8:31 PM
I picked up a Felt F75 for myself, I'm a newbie myself. Anyway, aluminum frame, carbon fork, 105 derailleurs & shifters, house-brand cranks/seatpost/stem/handlebar. All for $799 plus tax. Check out for more information. I've gotten over 450 miles in the first month I've had and don't have any complaints or regrets.

2nd the Felt F75niteschaos
Sep 9, 2003 3:35 AM
I've done 11 races and ridden 5000 miles on it and it has never held me back.
Looks like a bargain53T
Sep 9, 2003 5:50 AM
Are those Velocity rims?
Mavic CPX22 rims (nm)RGerwig
Sep 9, 2003 8:45 AM
My wife bought the Felt F50 and loves it...<nm>shrEd
Sep 9, 2003 6:25 AM