Looking for a bike for the wife, advice please
After having a couple of kids, my wife is now wanting to get back into riding (bikes !). Mostly we will just be on disused railways,loops of lady bower etc with the kids on rear seat / eventually tag along etc.
So, I’m looking for something thats below £800, comfy – I’m thinking a short travel hardtail with fairly skinny tyres rather than fully rigid, possibly 29er so it rolls along nicely, complete bike or frame and forks.
I’ve seen a Charge Faucet, Onone Scandal as complete bikes that look a good price.
Can anyone recommend any others that are good deals at the moment, or have you done the same search for your Mrs bike?
Cheers.Posted 4 years ago
I’d suggest looking at a mid-mounted child seat rather than rear. Weeride kangaroo is great, search on here for many threads discussing the merits of rear/mid/front mounted seats.
As for bike, especially if you go mid mounted, I’d consider a short travel full susser. I’ve just finished building my missus a 100mm Stumpy FSR out of second hand parts and she loves it (she was on a Spesh Hardrock). Full suss will make the ride a bit gentler for nipper.Posted 4 years ago
hehe, thanks for the replies. I dare not venture to Mumsnet !
Good tip on the Seat Tony. Does your Mrs use the Weeride ? I’ve got a rear mounted Hammax already for one child, but the mrs is going to have to ride with the other so weighing up which will be easier. Rear or Mid for a novice rider.Posted 4 years agoLMTMember
Got my OH a Giant XTC EX back in 2006 i think it was, 80mm travel really light frame, she didn’t join me biking that often but when she did she loved it. Upgraded to a canyon nerve w specific and she gets out on the bike a bit more now.
I do have the giant still, well frame, forks and gearing, 16″ frame if your after something second hand to build up, birmingham based.Posted 4 years ago
Missus did use the weeride yes, and other than the unladylike knees out riding position she was fine with it. I’d say it’s easier to ride with one of these than a rear mounted seat, much more balanced. Put the weeride on her bike.
We had a rear mounted Hamax for the eldest when he got too big for the weeride but neither him nor I liked it that much and I managed to get a LOCT. Youngest is out of the weeride now and onto the LOCT. Eldest is onto a trailerbike (for longer rides, otherwise his Rothan). They’re both on or attached to my bike now, which means I get a good workout when we go out, and the missus can keep up. Everybody’s happy!Posted 4 years ago
She’s 5’5″ Cinnamon_girl.
OK that helps cos that’s my height too. WSD not essential, all my bikes are blokes ones.
Frame-wise, steel is always nice and comfy. Wheels and forks are really important so would suggest something reasonably light. Nothing worse than a heavy bike, who wants to ride that??
I have found On-One’s to be too long in the top tube, have had both 14″ and 16″. If it were me, I would go after a second-hand Soul in a Small, the only frame that I’ve regretted selling.Posted 4 years ago
You can’t go wrong with a Soul! I actually have a 16″ frame hanging in the garage as it donated it’s drivetrain to the missus’ bike recently. My initial plan was to use this to justify an upgrade to 1×10, but not sure when I might have the funds for that so contemplating (but only contemplating at the moment!) selling it.Posted 4 years agoceepersSubscriber
just had a similar situation with my wife. Balancing the whole nerdy self wanting to get real great spec for money and fettle it for her versus how much is she realistically going to use it on singletrack and mud versus tow path/cycle network/ disused railway lines.
In the end went realistic (ie off road use/ride length will be limited) and bought a carrera vengeance from halfords on sale for £300. Admittedly the fork is not great and the brakes are cable disc but sram shifters etc and more than capable enough for her needs.
she is totally stoked with it as it’s still a massive step up from her last “mountain” bike
maybe worth a look with a cheap seond hand fork upgrade & cash left? or the ladies version of the vulcan for £360?
Depends on your wife of course but however much i dream of shared single track epics, family cruises by the river are far more likelyPosted 4 years ago
Seriously, look second hand. The bike I just built for the missus consists of:
2004 Stumpy FSR frame (baby blue, very important, took ages to find)
2007 Revelation U-Turn, set to 100mm
2005 Mavic 717s on XT hubs
2008 Race Face Deus XC drivetrain
2008 Elixir CRs
2006 XTR shifters and mechs
Wellgo V8 copy pedals
Most/all of what came out of the garage and off the Soul initially came from the classifieds on here so it’s hard to tell, but I’d be surprised if it cost me much more than £800 to build.
I could have got a newer frame for the same or less money but 100mm is about right for what she’ll use it for, and the colour was important (natch). There was a cracking 2007 S-Works stumpy (120mm) frame on here not so long ago for less than £200 IIRC.Posted 4 years agochestrockwellMember
I built a Orange Diva up for my GF last year using a new frame (previous years model, less then half price :wink:) and the parts from my 2007 Clockwork. She loves it.
A complete Diva comes in over budget but you’ll probably be able to find a 2012 bike for less then £800.Posted 4 years agomotherMember
I have the perfect bike for you. Ladies 15″ specialised Jett Expert 29er. Good as new. 20 12 spec so better than this years model. I can send details and photos if you are interested. It is lurking somewhere in the For Sale Forum under something like “Ladies 15 specialised 29 er £800”. Not sure of the wording so you will have to play about. Give e-ail adress if you would like info. Well my e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
PatPosted 4 years agoLMTMember
I mentioned above, if your local to birmingham or can pick up i have the below:
Its just frame and fork and front chainset and mech, seatpost and seat. After £250 the frame is really light and the forks are reba’s running at 80mm travel, could be built into a nice runner.
Picture shows when i last had the bike fully built.Posted 4 years agojamesoSubscriber
I know it looks like a blatant plug (I work for Evans) but I spotted this the other day and thought it was a giveaway.. S size only left.
Really like the Islabike up there.
(pop larkin, know the feeling, my GF rode my Jones and loved it.. I took it back quick! Spare H-bars are now on her bike with a 50mm stem)Posted 4 years ago
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