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  • eruptron
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    Pinnacle Bikes

    Looking to get the Wife a bike only wants an entry level job and wants a hybrid. Anyone bought anything similar to the above Pinnacle, link above budget up to £400 if anyone can think of anything similar/better,
    Cheers in advance Steve

    mattzzzzzz
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    Why hybrid? How about a small 29er ? Decathlon big RR is not a bad looking bike
    But they start at a medium so that may be an issue unless shes tall enough

    http://www.decathlon.co.uk/rockrider-big-rr-53-mountain-bike-white-id_8202905.html

    Only 350 too

    eruptron
    Member

    mattzzzzzz – Member
    Why hybrid? How about a small 29er ? Decathlon big RR is not a bad looking bike
    But they start at a medium so that may be an issue unless shes tall enough
    http://www.decathlon.co.uk/rockrider-big-rr-53-mountain-bike-white-id_8202905.html
    Only 350 too

    Hi Mattzzzzzz She would be needing a small size so the decathlon would be out unfortunately.
    The idea behind the hybrid is that she definatly doesn’t want a road bike (here words not mine 🙂 but it’s highly unlikely that’s she’s going to be do anything really off road other than the old railway line.
    There’s no point spending too much as she’s not ridden a bike properly for about 942 years but I’d like to get something that’s not going to be a dead weight and hence going to be a drag and put her off.

    mother
    Member

    Double your budget but thought I would try. I keep trying! I have a ladies 15″ 29er for sale. I am 5ft 2ins and it fits me perfectly. Good bike and pretty much as new. Specialised Jett expert. can send pictures, spec etc £1300 new. Selling for £800. Very nice bike.

    missnotax
    Member

    I would buy second hand rather than new – that way a) you get more for your money, and b) if your wife decides she doesn’t like it then you stand a good chance of selling it for what you paid. The number of ‘as new ridden twice’ ladies bikes on the market tells me that i’m on the right track here…

    If she likes it, then obviously it’s the perfect time to upgrade!

    Are you planning on biking with your wife? If so, another reason to go for a lighter bike to make it as easy / fun as possible for her. If I had a pound for every time I have seen a chap on a modern super-duper bike followed a few minutes later by his not very happy other half on an ancient heavy bike I would be a very rich lady. Not suggesting you would do this by the way!

    Anyway, second hand / fleabay bargain gets my vote.

    Mog
    Member

    I bought my wife a Charge Decanter for xmas. Wiggle were selling them (small) for £220. She liked the idea of having a bike, going out with our kids on the local cycle paths, pootle to the shops etc… She’d have loved a Pashley, but we couldn’t stretch that far.
    I’m impressed with the Charge but, more importantly, so is she – been used every weekend since she had it and she’s already talking about going out in the evenings when it’s a bit lighter. I’m made up she’s enjoying it.

    eruptron
    Member

    mother – Member
    Double your budget but thought I would try. I keep trying! I have a ladies 15″ 29er for sale. I am 5ft 2ins and it fits me perfectly. Good bike and pretty much as new. Specialised Jett expert. can send pictures, spec etc £1300 new. Selling for £800. Very nice bike.

    Hi Mother She don’t want too spend that much thanks for the offer though.

    missnotax – Member
    I would buy second hand rather than new – that way a) you get more for your money, and b) if your wife decides she doesn’t like it then you stand a good chance of selling it for what you paid. The number of ‘as new ridden twice’ ladies bikes on the market tells me that i’m on the right track here…

    If she likes it, then obviously it’s the perfect time to upgrade!
    Are you planning on biking with your wife? If so, another reason to go for a lighter bike to make it as easy / fun as possible for her. If I had a pound for every time I have seen a chap on a modern super-duper bike followed a few minutes later by his not very happy other half on an ancient heavy bike I would be a very rich lady. Not suggesting you would do this by the way!
    Anyway, second hand / fleabay bargain gets my vote.
    I agree with the second hand side of things but we live on the Isle Of Man so slightly limited and people sh1t themselves postage wise even though we are part of the Royal Mail system and don’t generally cost anymore than sending to the rest of the UK.
    I would love her to have a top end bike and to be off riding together but it’s just not her bag. She will probably only really use it to ride up to the allotment and a bit of light riding for fitness.
    We are off to Germany later in the year and might hire bikes to have a pootle around so she wants to a little bike practice in for that but that’s about as far as it goes.

    Premier Icon curiousyellow
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    Surely this all depends on what she wants the bike for?

    – Small single km figure commute to work,shops then get her something light.
    – Will you be doing the maintenance? Single speed if above journey allows. Or hub gears if gears required.
    – Ultimately you need to get her something she likes the look of. Or she may hate riding it.

    Mine’s first bike after a long hiatus was a Trek 3rd District. She wanted a Pashley first and was told to go make love to herself. Completely impractical for her purposes and horribly expensive. She loves the Trek, but was consulted and made to feel a part of the decision.

    She now has more bikes than me.

    Premier Icon cookeaa
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    My own missus is at best a fair weather cyclist, I simply opted to take her to Halfords and bought her a womens specific carrera, TBH for the money and the use it will see I couldn’t find much better VFM at the time, the frames on carrera’s are actually pretty good you could easily be upgrade it if you every persuaded her to get in to cycling more seriously.

    here you go well in budget, 14″ hybrid with a basic set of discs… Don’t know if there’s a Halfrauds on IOM but they do deliver…

    growinglad
    Member

    Sorry cant do a link as the site goes funny from my phone.

    I bought a cube for my wife. Lot of bike for the money. Fits my wife really well.

    On the entry models the forks are a bit heavy. But nicely put together bikes.

    Plus it you are going to Germany you can pick one up there 🙂

    what size bike is she after….ive got a hardtail in my cupboard not ridden for ages and ages….had some upgrades on it…specialized myka…(2008) very good condition …its a 13 inch frame sorry short arse here… 😉 :mrgreen:

    Mrs BristolPablo has a Pinnacle Neon Two like this which is really nicely finished, light (22lbs) and well spec’d. She is happy with it and we’re looking at doing some century rides with it in 2013. In terms of the bike, welding etc, is a lot better than any other bike I’ve seen at the same price range and having a specific womens fit seems to really make a difference too. I may stick my old Fulcrum 7s on it and bring that weight down a bit and fit some better tyres on it for the summer too.

    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/pinnacle/neon-two-2012-womens-hybrid-bike-ec035868

    Premier Icon jameso
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    OP, the Pinnacles are my job at Evans so yes I’m biased but hopefully not under-informed ) BrisolPablo’s right… The Lithium’s a nice bike, tough but not too heavy and takes CX or thin 29er tyres, but the Neon’s a much lighter bike. My OH (5’3, not a regular cyclist but likes towpaths and tracks, quiet lanes etc) has a Neon 2 at the moment and she’s flying along on it, much quicker than the 3-spd city / step-thru hybrid she had before that. It’ll also take 35-37C CX tyres, loads of room at the front for a bigger tyre than that, only limit is brake clearance.

    I cobbled together my Fiance’s bike from bits I had lying around, with the main focus on lightness eg 717 rims I wasn’t convinced would stand up to much more of my kind of abuse, carbon bars that felt a bit narrow, xc tyres that I kept pinch flatting. etc.

    I reckon you’d get something much lighter in a used 26″ bike at that money – hybrids seem heavy for a bike that’s not meant to get airborne.

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