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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-14-2005, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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Bicycle for the wife

My wife would like a new bike, and I would like to get her one for Christmas. She does 1-3 Triathlons a year, all sprints and super sprints, no full ones. So I would guess she is a beginner in that sense. She is about 5' 4" tall. She said she would like a racing bike, but there are so many, where do I start. I saw a KUOTA K-FACTOR that looked interesting, but I don't know what size bike she would need. I'm not looking to get the best bike available, because money is somewhat of an issue and she is not a professional and doesn't plan to be.

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Terry makes female specific road bikes and are well suited for someone that size.

http://www.terrybicycles.com/product.html?c=Bicycles

Otherwise for a mass produced bike a Specialized would do nicely; they also make female specific bikes.

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I know that this will potentially detract from the suprise aspect of the gift, but I would recommend taking her to a couple of local, reputable shops and have her "fitted" for her new bike. At the very least, she can test ride several models and pick the one that she likes best.
There is a lot more to getting the right size frame than stand-over height.
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I would stick with a male's bike. They have more rigidity. Trek has a nice beginner race bike for around $1000. I forget the model but it's about the cheapest one you can find that will be able to upgraded as gets better. I got my wife a Cypress LX hybrid and she loves it. But she does more excercising on the road with and and a race bike wouldn't have been very practicle.

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Why don't you put a picture of a bike in a box and then tell her you'll go out and get one for her but you wanted her to make sure she likes the feel of it?
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I would stick with a male's bike. They have more rigidity.
In general when you look at the men's bikes verses women's within the same model you will find that the tubing and joining methods are no different. The only main differences might be a sloping top tube and/or a shorter stem, and in general would not mean less rigidity. Most of the "womens bikes" are more marketing then anything else.

I agree 100% with BMoney. Standover height is one thing but more critical is the length of the top tube. Take your wife in for a proper fitting, and ask her questions...she already might have a pretty good clue what bike she's looking for. Most shops are also pretty cool with swaping out stems, bars, posts, etc to make the fit what it's suppose to be.

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I would go with Cannondale, you simply can't beat the performance and resale. Resale is important, when you want to trade up. Also, have her get fitted for the bike, this is crucial for best performance. The dealer will be able to best determine what she wants out of the bike and recommend one. I ride a Cannondale MTB, it's the best bike I have ever ridden.

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I would go with Cannondale, you simply can't beat the performance and resale. Resale is important, when you want to trade up. Also, have her get fitted for the bike, this is crucial for best performance. The dealer will be able to best determine what she wants out of the bike and recommend one. I ride a Cannondale MTB, it's the best bike I have ever ridden.
D I T T O !!!I love my Cannondale! The best for so many reasons! Built like a KTM. Great right out of the box! Very strong resale. Not another Trek (nothing wrong with Trek - Just everybody has one) which is cool for the unique, fun factor! I also like the 'Made in America' aspect (even though I own three Hondas and a Yamaha currently ). Too much more to list. Wait! Let's not forget that Cannondale tried there hand at MX!!!




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Who sells the Cannondales around here?

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Wow! I just read this and its so funny because i am in the SAME boat you are. My wife does about 3 triathalons a year (mini) and she wanted a new bike. (she currently uses a mountain bike) She went in a few months back to get measured for a bike and when she said she wanted one i said forget it! i am not gonna pay a $1000 bucks for something you use only 3 times a year! Well she wanted a pilot 1.2WSD (womans bike) but they cant be had before X-Mas so i bought her the next best thing which is a WSD Trek. i think its a 1000 but not 100% sure.

ANYWAY-- Do NOT get her a mans bike because its a gift for her.

This is the place i bought the bike, computer, all attachments and the fluid thing where she can ride it stationary. I would not get the aggressive triathalon bike though because its uncomfortable to train with.

Call these guys. They are REALLY GOOD!
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If she's really into it, you should get her a real tri bike. Otherwise you'll end up buying another one later on anyway. Entry level ones are around $1200.
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The more I look into it, people tell me I should have her fitted to the bike. The triathlons are for fun only, nothing serious. I'm not crazy about dropping $1,000-2000 on a bike for something she'll rarely use, but for the most part, she let's me get what I want. I now want to get a Yamaha Warrior, so this may get me some brownie points towards that.

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Mike like i said earlier.........This guy Tyler talked me into the lesser triatholon bike called the Trek (WSD). I bought the bike, computer (speed/distance), accessory bags, the bars for racing, the stationary fluid trainer, front tire leveler for the staionary riding, stand, and a few other things for around $1100! Cant beat that and the bike is AWESOME!!!

PM me if you want more info........ My wife is roughly 5'7 and she measured out to a 54" bike. Dont ask cause i dont know! Once i give her the bike for X-Mas she will take it back to them and they will adjust the bike completely to her fit!

You really do not need to get her a professional bike that runs 1200-1500 bucks! This WSD Trek is awesome!

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I can recommend Dan's Bike Shop in Berwyn. 708-484-5000, I deal with Nick but I don't think he works there anymore. This shop has been around forever.

I have heard good things about a dealer in Evanston, I don't know the name but they are a supposed to be a good Cannondale dealer. That's one thing about a Cannondale, you want to make sure the dealer will go to bat for you with parts and service. Some of Cannondales technology is very unique and a lot of shops don't know how to deal with it.

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Cannondale.com has a dealer locator so you can find the closest one.

Mission Bay in South Elgin is my pick. They only sell road and tri bikes.

www.missionbaymultisport.com

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In general when you look at the men's bikes verses women's within the same model you will find that the tubing and joining methods are no different. The only main differences might be a sloping top tube and/or a shorter stem, and in general would not mean less rigidity. Most of the "womens bikes" are more marketing then anything else.

I agree 100% with BMoney. Standover height is one thing but more critical is the length of the top tube. Take your wife in for a proper fitting, and ask her questions...she already might have a pretty good clue what bike she's looking for. Most shops are also pretty cool with swaping out stems, bars, posts, etc to make the fit what it's suppose to be.
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Regardless of the price you want to spend definitely get her properly fitted for a bike. A quality shop will normally sell both entry level and high end stuff. I've seen Felt's, Specialized, Cannondale's, etc. road bikes for under $1K. Whether she is doing tri's for fun or not...a well fitted, quality bike will only add to the fun she is already having (but if it's for fun only I wouldn't necessarily recommend a straight tri bike). But it's definitely good you are researching this beforehand. Too many people just walk into a shop and walk out with something they don't like long term. Also, look at a shop's/bike's warranty and service (if you don't plan on doing your own). A lot of shops provide free lifetime adjustments, free limited time tuneups, etc. which is worthwhile (and a cost savings) as well.

Also, depending no where you live a shop relatively close to you is advantageous. I'll have to search around to see if there are some in your area. One thing I do know is that I am not a fan of Village Cycle Center. But I have bought from Kozy's on Webster/Clybourn in the city and been happy (but that is mainly b/c of the salesperson and specific mechanics I deal with there).

Good Luck!!

Maybe I'll see her at the Fleet Feet Supersprint Tri at Foster Ave. Beach in '06

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I know that this will potentially detract from the suprise aspect of the gift, but I would recommend taking her to a couple of local, reputable shops and have her "fitted" for her new bike. At the very least, she can test ride several models and pick the one that she likes best.
There is a lot more to getting the right size frame than stand-over height.
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A bike is a lot like shoes or any other clothes, just because it says the right size it does not mean it fits. You need to have her sit on a few bikes so you know which one is right for her. If you want it to be a surprise, I would wrap a bicycle bell or something small with a gift certificate for a new bike. Then let her help pick the right one.
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Everyone thanks for your ideas and suggestions. I went with Kelly's recommendations and bought a bike from 2 Seasons. It's close to my home and Tyler was a big help. I got pretty much the same setup as Kelly did for his wife. I know she'll love it.

Thanks again Kelly.

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Although you already bought one... if she is into the triathlon thing I was going to recommend a Kestrel Talon
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