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Old 02-11-2018, 11:38 AM
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My wife decided she wants to join in on the bike rides the kids and I go on. I was not looking to spend a fortune as I'm not positive she will stick with it. We did it once before but it was before the kids could join and she went maybe 3 times with me then stopped. That time it was a cheap walmart bike so I really didn't care and just gave it away.

Now that the kids are going i'm pretty sure she will stick with it but still don't want to spend $500 on one for riding around the neighborhood or down the beach. The local bike stores seem to be at about $450 and up for a decent bike (Trek). Stopped by Dicks and they had one for $199 that seemed decent but if you don't buy their extended service plan the minute you walk out the door its yours with no warranty so I walked out with no bike.

I've been searching Craigslist and Facebook but have not come across anything yet. Anyone had any luck on something in the $300-$350 range? I came across this which seems to be the direction I'm heading but wanted to see what other options are around. https://www.raleighusa.com/circa-41346
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Uncertainty on sticking with it...Dicks way...then upgrade
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Oh...pics of wife...what was I thinkin
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What surfaces will you normally ride? If she rides a heavy, clunky bike, she will certainly not enjoy it. You can look at Performance bikes, or Bike Nashbar, for solid entry-level bikes she can enjoy. You can also check Craigslist or classifieds for someone either selling, or upgrading. She will probably be scared of gears, but without them, she will truly learn to hate bicycling. A reasonable, aluminum frame with decent gears is probably a good starter bike.
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Mountain bike or cruiser?

300-350 should get a decent bike
500 is what I found to be the sweet spot but it still has some cheeper components
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I don't know where in Pinellas you are but OTE bike shop has great prices on bikes and service. They are located at Alt. 19 and the Dunedin Causeway in the shopping center behind McDonalds. They also rent bikes. Easy access to the Causeway, Honeymoon and the Pinellas Trail. A good bike shop will fit her properly with the right kind of bike. Also, check local pawn shops. It's very hit or miss, lot's of Walmart junk but you can find a quality bike with some patience.
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Uncertainty on sticking with it...Dicks way...then upgrade
I disagree. Buy a cheap ass Walmart or Dicks bike and she'll definetly not stick with it. Wife and I splurged on a couple new bikes a few years back and they've been one of the most enjoyable things we do together. Check out a Jamis Boss 7 speed cruiser. Very comfortable, reasonably priced (about $400 new) and extremely fun to ride. We've always had bikes, but we ride these more than any we've ever had.

BTW, I'm 58 and wife is 51, just to give you some idea. We're ridden as much as 40 miles in a day just cruisin' the beach and hardened trails. Love it.
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Most major bike companies have lifetime frame warranty and shimano has 1 year as well as about every other parts company. Bike shops offer free service after the sale and will take care of any warranty issues for you. I would never buy a bike warranty from Dicks or even trust them to do major repairs. Bike shops may not stock but have access to bikes in your price range. Check out the Giant Cypress it is 360 and in my opinion a better bike than the raleigh.
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It will always be on pavement, or at least 99% of the time. I think part of the reason she quit the first time was because of the walmart bike. I tried it once and it was truly not worth riding. Uncomfortable, clunky, and just crap components.

She wants something like the link I posted above. Sort of a hybrid I guess. I have been looking online but haven't found anything in the past couple weeks. So set on just going new now.
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Originally Posted by bikem View Post
Most major bike companies have lifetime frame warranty and shimano has 1 year as well as about every other parts company. Bike shops offer free service after the sale and will take care of any warranty issues for you. I would never buy a bike warranty from Dicks or even trust them to do major repairs. Bike shops may not stock but have access to bikes in your price range. Check out the Giant Cypress it is 360 and in my opinion a better bike than the raleigh.
That Giant looks good. I'll check it out, thanks.
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A bike store is worth visiting
Not only is it uncomfortable and not fun to ride a bike that doesn't fit but it can be dangerous also
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See if your local Trek dealer can get you a prior year Verve 1.
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You want to spend up to $350.00 for a crap bike but not another $100.00 for a TREK?
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I look at the pawn shops for deals on bicycles, I've bought several great bikes for $50.00.
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Originally Posted by nibble View Post
You want to spend up to $350.00 for a crap bike but not another $100.00 for a TREK?
Looking for a non-crap bike around $350 if there is one. That's the reason I'm asking. Going to the store that sells trek this week.
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We bought Electra bikes for both of us a few years ago. I believe hers is called a Townie.
Both are 3 speed as we don't have too many hills.
I just watched CL for a while and jumped when they pop up, as they sell really fast.
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Originally Posted by Cuzmondo View Post
I disagree. Buy a cheap ass Walmart or Dicks bike and she'll definetly not stick with it. Wife and I splurged on a couple new bikes a few years back and they've been one of the most enjoyable things we do together. Check out a Jamis Boss 7 speed cruiser. Very comfortable, reasonably priced (about $400 new) and extremely fun to ride. We've always had bikes, but we ride these more than any we've ever had.

BTW, I'm 58 and wife is 51, just to give you some idea. We're ridden as much as 40 miles in a day just cruisin' the beach and hardened trails. Love it.
I completely agree. Buying a cheap bike is best way to ensure somebody doesnt keep riding.
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It isn't just the quality of the bike, it's the fit. Makes a huge difference to have it fit right. Seat & handlebar height, seat type, etc.

Otherwise:

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Any Jamis bike will be worth a look. They have decent quality at a good price.
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Originally Posted by coastboater View Post
We bought Electra bikes for both of us a few years ago. I believe hers is called a Townie.
Both are 3 speed as we don't have too many hills.
I just watched CL for a while and jumped when they pop up, as they sell really fast.
Have a Townie as well. Wish I had bought 3 speed but I thought I would be riding it around here but ended up taking it to the coast. The way they have the pedals pushed a little forward makes for a comfortable ride.

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