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2010-02-23 12:27 PM


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Subject: Bike as gift
Ok so I would like to buy my gf a bike for her bday in May.  She is a very good athlete and is serious runner.  She ran track in college and has completed a bunch of marathons.  She would like to start doing some tris with me.  She is looking to get into some olympic distance tris this summer.  I am looking to get her an entry level road bike and maybe in a year or two upgrade her.  I dont know if it matters but she is very pettite.  She is 5'1'' and about 100 lbs.  Does anyone have any ideas for a good starter?


2010-02-23 12:32 PM
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Most brands have entry level bikes that are comparable in components/features/price.  The main thing is fit.  Especially since she's very pettite.  I would advise against purchasing a bike for her and surprising her with it.  I would simply tell here you're planning to buy her a bike (with $X budget) and will let her choose which one she wants and feels the most comfortable on.

Who knows...maybe she's so into it, she would be willing to drop $500 of her own money combined with what your willing to pay so she can go one level higher right off the bat.
2010-02-23 1:25 PM
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tri808 - 2010-02-23 1:32 PM Most brands have entry level bikes that are comparable in components/features/price.  The main thing is fit.  Especially since she's very pettite.  I would advise against purchasing a bike for her and surprising her with it.  I would simply tell here you're planning to buy her a bike (with $X budget) and will let her choose which one she wants and feels the most comfortable on.

Who knows...maybe she's so into it, she would be willing to drop $500 of her own money combined with what your willing to pay so she can go one level higher right off the bat.


X2, or a gift card for the amt to your favorite LBS.
2010-02-23 1:48 PM
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I agree with the other posters on this one. I bought my wife a Cervelo P4 in a 58 CM frame for her Birthday. She thought it was too big for her. She is 5'7. It just happened to fit me perfectly so I have been riding it for the last year. I told her I would give it back when she grows into it. Don't do what I did.

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2010-02-23 1:50 PM
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Agree with abovex3Be sure you go to a good bike shop that fits bikes well. Since she is petite many shops may not carry bikes in her size. Larger shops may be better or willing to order a bike without a commitment to buy it.Depends on her body make up if she will fit better on women's specific bike or not. Most women have longer legs relative to torso then men. She may not fit on men's road bike as often small is a 52 or 51 that is really for someone my height 5'5" or taller depending on torso/leg length ratio.Great gift idea!
2010-02-23 1:55 PM
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Hello

I went to a Trek LBS Lady's night with my wife.  I had hopes that wshe may start riding with me and I knew she would not go without me.  The Trek factory Girl/Woem who gave the class was outstanding.  I had no idea there were women special seats.  Very informative and Trek has a bunch of options on bikes.

Buy the bike and getting it sized and fitted.  Let her choose the bike.

Kevin


2010-02-23 10:13 PM
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I disagree with all these guys. DO one of 2 things- Get a small bike from your LBS on demo and give to her with the big bow on it. Do the demo ride, and between you, her and the store you'll get the right bike. If they don't demo, buy the bike that is your best guess and let the LBS know the situation, confirm the return policy, and do essentially the same thing.

That way she gets a gift to open, way better than a gift card, and you're inured if its not  the right bike for her.
2010-02-23 10:26 PM
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I think Kevin (chevy57) might be on to something!!!  Of course why stop at the bike---get some high end shoes/aero helmet/Computrainer/etc that MIGHT not fit her but you MIGHT be able to use/wear.............Innocent

2010-02-23 10:26 PM
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blairrob - 2010-02-23 9:13 PM

I disagree with all these guys. DO one of 2 things- Get a small bike from your LBS on demo and give to her with the big bow on it. Do the demo ride, and between you, her and the store you'll get the right bike. If they don't demo, buy the bike that is your best guess and let the LBS know the situation, confirm the return policy, and do essentially the same thing.

That way she gets a gift to open, way better than a gift card, and you're inured if its not  the right bike for her.


I don't know many bike shops that do this, and the likely hood of a shop carrying a demo bike in her size is slim. But I love the idea of beign surprised with a new bike that's got a great big bow on it!!
2010-02-23 10:43 PM
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AdventureBear - 2010-02-24 12:26 AM
blairrob - 2010-02-23 9:13 PM I disagree with all these guys. DO one of 2 things- Get a small bike from your LBS on demo and give to her with the big bow on it. Do the demo ride, and between you, her and the store you'll get the right bike. If they don't demo, buy the bike that is your best guess and let the LBS know the situation, confirm the return policy, and do essentially the same thing.

That way she gets a gift to open, way better than a gift card, and you're inured if its not  the right bike for her.
I don't know many bike shops that do this, and the likely hood of a shop carrying a demo bike in her size is slim. But I love the idea of beign surprised with a new bike that's got a great big bow on it!!


They do it here, then again I know the owners of the 2 good shops here cause I'm old and they're old. Next valentines day we should exchange bikes with a big bow on it. (I like Wiliers)
2010-02-24 2:41 PM
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Kevin/chevy57, did the bike also happen to have your name airbrushed or engraved on it?


2010-02-24 5:54 PM
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When I decided to get into triathlons more seriously after my first season, I knew I needed a road bike. I went on my LBS website and saw they had a trek wsd 1.2 2008 model on sale from $849 to $500. When I went there to try it I was on a 56 frame and the owner decided to try me on a 54 instead. It fit much better and since the sale bike was the only frame they had, he decided to give me the 2009 model for the same price. Lesson learned is you never you what kind of deal you can get, but fit is so important. I would suggest calling the bike store in advance and telling them your plan and price limit. That way, they show her and fit her only for bikes that will work and don't get her hopes up on a $2000 bike, but she will still have the birthday surprise of going to the store. You could even make it some type of guessing game with clues on the car ride there. Just an idea

btw here is my bike, it's my second trek and I really love it, it's a nice entry level bike that gets the job done.

http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/2009/archive/12wsd

2010-02-24 9:19 PM
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I would try to find a used bike, if you can at that size.  They are heavily discounted so you can get something decent for your money (or, spend a lot less so it won't be so bad when she upgrades).  Once used, bikes are easy to resell again and recoup your costs, if it doesn't work out.
2010-02-24 11:05 PM
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I like the demo bike idea but doubt that would be an option very many places.  With the money up front a shop may let you bring a small bike home with the bow then bring it back  to the shop to get properly fitted for a bike.
2010-02-25 2:20 AM
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blairrob - 2010-02-23 6:13 PM I disagree with all these guys. DO one of 2 things- Get a small bike from your LBS on demo and give to her with the big bow on it. Do the demo ride, and between you, her and the store you'll get the right bike. If they don't demo, buy the bike that is your best guess and let the LBS know the situation, confirm the return policy, and do essentially the same thing.

That way she gets a gift to open, way better than a gift card, and you're inured if its not  the right bike for her.


That's actually a pretty good idea.  But where I live, the shops around here only carry a couple of brands.  Combine all the shops and they do cover all the brands.  So the problem here would be picking the right shop...because you'll be limited to the brands they carry.  And those brands might not have the best geometry for her.
2010-02-25 5:40 AM
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Hi , i am also petite, 5'2" and 105 pounds, my hubby got me the specialized dolce sport, size 46, i love this bike it fits well, rides great ,looks good google it , you'll like how this bike looks and performs and so will she and it will not break the bank 850 including tax. Just a side note my hubby wanted to get me TT, for my bday this year, but i love this bike so sticking with her for now. good luck.


2010-02-25 5:57 AM
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How about this:
Buy her bike shorts and shirt, helmet and gloves. Wrap those up with a note telling her to put them on. Pre-arrange with the LBS to have a "private showing" of some bikes on the same day.

She'll have gifts to open, and plenty of special attention at the shop to try things and make a decision.
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2010-02-25 6:39 AM
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Ok.  This is how my wife did it for me.  When my favorite store was having a sale, she called me and said come on down and check it out.  She knew I was looking for a new bike, so it was an easy sell.  I then test rode a couple. (like 7 or 8 diferent bikes )  After I had made my decision, she said let's sleep on it since it was a lot of money.  She had worked out a deal with the sales person so he knew it was to be a gift.  They held the bike and she went back and got it for me.  She had help getting money from her, my in-laws and my parents.  I paid the rest.  But I got the bike that fit and that I wanted.

Just a thought.  Yes, I got it early rather than waiting for my birthday, but I knew it was a present, and I had it with a bow on it at my birthday party.

2010-02-25 8:41 AM
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X2 I like this idea. Fit is important. How thoughtful of you to get her a bike.

slow turtle - 2010-02-25 6:57 AM

How about this:
Buy her bike shorts and shirt, helmet and gloves. Wrap those up with a note telling her to put them on. Pre-arrange with the LBS to have a "private showing" of some bikes on the same day.

She'll have gifts to open, and plenty of special attention at the shop to try things and make a decision.
~Heidi
2010-02-25 11:58 AM
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I don't know how flexible your LBS is but I was gifted a road bike once upon a time and they were super chill about the return (I never rode it, it was too small). If you tell them what you're up to they may be really nice to you. They might even give you a demo you can take home and wrap so she can open it then go down the bike shop and figure out what will really work!

G'luck and good on ya, nice gift
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