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Wife wants a road bike(21 posts)

Wife wants a road bikepump
Nov 13, 2003 6:54 PM
My soulmate wants a roadbike for Christmas. I just got into being a roadie over the summer and enjoy the hell out it! So much in fact that I splurged on a Trek 5200 recently. She's a good runner; usually takes in 3-4 race events/yr (5K, 10K, 1/2 marathon) but at 40 "ish", her knees are starting to complain after long distances.

I want to get her something nice but probably not another 5200! Whatever I get, she'll be excited and happy about it and will probably (most definitely) hammer my butt into the pavement after a week of riding.

Do I have to get one of the women's specific bikes or just a trip to the LBS to get her fitted up? Suggestions? Comments?
have you considered a tandem? (nm)gala7516
Nov 13, 2003 6:58 PM
re: Wife wants a road bikeBruno S
Nov 13, 2003 7:00 PM
buy her at least something as comfortable as yours. Lots of girls around here ride compacts so you may want to consider one of those.
Yes, if she's going to hammer your butt, get something good..[nmbent_spoke
Nov 14, 2003 7:30 AM
Some type of Woman Specific Design.T-Doc
Nov 13, 2003 7:09 PM
Several companies are now making them...if you have the cash, a custom might even be better. I see many women riding with 9 and even 8 cm stems because they can't get a short enough top tube...the WSD is supposed to address that issue. Get it as light as possible since gram shaving is probably more of a perk for 110 lb women than a 180-190 lb man, especially if you are doing any climbing. Your LBS should be able to fix you up. Good luck, and congrats on getting your SO into the sport...its great for couples.
Get a fit before you start worrying about geometrywooglin
Nov 13, 2003 7:38 PM
WSD works for some, but not for others. The best thing you can do is not limit yourself yet. Take her to a shop and put her on a bike and let the shop guys figure out if she needs WSD or not. Then do the same at another shop. Base your decision on that.

Also, let her pick out the bike, not you. My sweetie just bought her first roadie, a Bianchi, 3 weeks ago because she liked the color. All I did was make sure she rode as many bikes in her price range as possible so she could feel the difference, and confirm the fit and price. Beyond that I didn't care what kind of bike it was as long as she was happy with it. I guess she is because she did a century last weekend.
Yes, I agree...msmootsiemartin
Nov 13, 2003 7:57 PM
Not all women are built alike. The WSD may or may not work. Please let your wife pick her own bike. And why shouldn't she have a 5200 like you?
completely agree..._rt_
Nov 14, 2003 8:39 AM
WSD bikes can be great - i've got a Trek 8000 wsd mtb that i adore - but they are not great for everyone or for every bike - my road bike is a 5200 non-WSD (with a 70 mm stem to get the reach right).

just get her into the shops and trying out different bikes, both WSD and non. let her pick the one she feels most comfortable on.

re: Wife wants a road bikeTraveller
Nov 13, 2003 7:47 PM
Try Ageis. They make a women specific frame at a reasonable price.
re: Wife wants a road bikeAl1943
Nov 13, 2003 8:13 PM
My wife loves her new 5200 WSD. It's a 47cm, she's 5'1" and her previous unisex 50 cm 5200 was too big. Finding the right size is extremely important. She's 59 years old and has improved to the point that she is enjoying 50 mile rides with me. She also climbs surprisingly well on the new bike.
re: Wife wants a road bikepina
Nov 13, 2003 9:09 PM
I bought my wife a bike this past season. Take your wife to a shop were you trust the guys and have them fit her. I wouldn't hesitate to get her a nice one because she sounds athletic and will probably learn to love her bike. She might not need a women specific bike. The italian bikes tend to have a shorter top tube than most others. Just make sure that she is fit correctly so that her first experience is good.
dont do itfraser
Nov 13, 2003 9:55 PM
how are you going to get out with the boys ?
some things need to be sacred !
it will never be the same again.
She really likes my Lemond......oops :-p.................nmSpunout
Nov 14, 2003 4:25 AM
ONE word GIANT biggest bang for buck nmLive Steam
Nov 14, 2003 7:10 AM
GIANT OCR1lotterypick
Nov 14, 2003 8:24 AM
That's what I got my wife and she loves it!
re: Wife wants a road bikejrm
Nov 14, 2003 8:02 AM
Get her fitting and get what bike SHE wants. Offer assitance and knowledge but let her pull the trigger.

You and her will be happier in the end as you ride into the sunset.
Don't rule out a hybrid, or at least a frame w/room for tiresCory
Nov 14, 2003 8:42 AM
My wife and I went through the same thing several years ago--she was a pretty serious runner beginning to have knee probs, and wanted to try cycling with me. Turned out she didn't like the "tippy" feeling of typical hard, skinny road tires. After some experimentation, we wound up with a hybrid on 35mm tires. Good compromise between stability and low rolling resistance, and if she feels like it, we can always swap tires and maybe wheels for more speed.
Don't rule out a hybrid, or at least a frame w/room for tirespump
Nov 14, 2003 4:05 PM
Great ideas from all of you -- thanks. She already has a Trek hybrid that I got her for Christmas years ago and to this day she says it's one of her favorite Christmas gifts.

I've got a couple of LBS's that I really trust and I'll get her to one of those in the coming weeks to check out this roadie thing.
Matching 5200 and matching kit. Too Cute! (nm)pitt83
Nov 14, 2003 8:59 AM
If you want more sex...Spoke Wrench
Nov 15, 2003 6:50 AM
you'll have to spend at least as much on her bike as you spent on yours.
Made a Similar Deal...chbarr
Nov 15, 2003 8:35 AM
When I got my new bike, my wife said I had to spend as much on her as on the bike.

Unfortunately, I can't just buy her off with jewelry... :)

(She was saying that in jest; though my mom thought that was a good idea.)