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  • #81882

    So I rented a bike for my girlfriend and took her to some trails this past weekend. She did pretty well and after some loops on the beginner trail, we made our way to the intermediate loop. I knew she was getting bit by the bug when I heard her loudly say “hell yeah!â€

  • #81883

    Before you go and buy something new. Check online…craigslist always someone on there selling a bike for cheap. Sometimes you can get a really good deal on a mid-range bike.

  • #81884

    I second the post about Craigslist. I have seen some nice bikes go for decent prices. 😃
    I check it daily.

  • #81885

    The Myka comes in hardtail and full suspension, and specialized is a great first bike.

    Giant and Santa Cruz also make some decent chick bikes.

    I totally agree with the craigslist suggestions, as that’s where I got my first mountain bike. You can also check with the LBS about that rental…they sell them eventually.

  • #81886

    i would say look into getting her a full suspension bike but….

    you said that you didn’t want to spend to much (don’t know about how much you are looking to put up for one). i say go with a decent priced hardtail. if you get a good one (good quality, design, and functionality) it comes to be the best bang for the buck usually. plus you said that you don’t know if she’ll stick with it. poor bike would have to sit there and go day after day and not get ridden. 😢

    the trek you mentioned sounds and looks good and (for a new one) a decent price. the myka mentioned is built very well and would handle really nice but is typically higher in mula. take her to try some out. the more she gets involved with the process, the more she might get into it. that is unless its supposed to be a surprise for her…. 😮

  • #81887

    Trek 4300 is a great bike, its what we purchased for my GF this year. I know Trek’s are a little more on the pricey side but I’ve yet to hear major complaints until you hit the full suspension models and some strength issues.

  • #81888
    "Badcrow" wrote

    Trek 4300 is a great bike, its what we purchased for my GF this year. I know Trek’s are a little more on the pricey side but I’ve yet to hear major complaints until you hit the full suspension models and some strength issues.

    My girlfriend just got into it, and bought the 4300 WSD, so when I go out with her, I also ride my 4300. However where I live, looking on Criaglist isn’t really the best option. But if the potential buyer knows what to look for, you should be just fine buying one there.

  • #81889

    Yeah, its nice to have you significant other enjoy somthing that you do, instead of them getting upset or sad 😢 because your not spending time with you. I am fortunate enough to have a great wife who loves mountain biking as much as I do, even though she is preganat with our second child, she doesnt even as much as make a peep about me going out everyonce in a while to ride, because she misses it so much and would love to be out there with me, so instead she tells me to take pictures when I take a break or breather just so she can day dream!!! If I were you take her to the lbs and see what kind of bike she may be intrested, go home and see if you cant find it online used or something, definately save you some money.

  • #81890

    Thanks for the input everyone. I think tomorrow we’re going to head to the local shop. It’s a Specialized dealer, so I’ll have her get on a Myka and see how it feels. She likes the appearance, which she will fully admit is important to her.

    Hopefully come Saturday I can get her out on some trails again!

  • #81891
    "e_seis" wrote

    Thanks for the input everyone. I think tomorrow we’re going to head to the local shop. It’s a Specialized dealer, so I’ll have her get on a Myka and see how it feels. She likes the appearance, which she will fully admit is important to her.

    Hopefully come Saturday I can get her out on some trails again!

    Why ride something you can’t stand. We had a good in with the Trek dealer in town and she pulled the trigger on a 4300 instead of last years 4500 for the same price because she liked the color better.

  • #81892

    Looks are VERY important! That’s one of the reasons why my white Giant Trance has Formula Oro K24 brakes…the master cylinders and calipers are also white and it looks awesome all put together!

  • #81893

    We’re having our second as well. Congratulations! I’m lucky enough to be married to a great woman also who doesn’t complain when I’m out 3-5 times a week either hitting the trails or cruising the pavement on the RB. Hoping to get her involved and hooked after our little addition….we’ll see 😏

  • #81894

    Being a women rider I FINALLY bought myself a bike made for women only and BOY..what a difference..I have always riden men’s bikes and struggled just enough to piss me off, so I would suggest that you buy something that woks for our curves!!!
    I bought the Specialized Saffire and it is THE best move I have made to make a comfortable, light, great handling ride….it comes in different price ranges, from the comp to the carbon. so prices are good right now in the sales.
    Good luck… 😮

  • #81895

    My Wife and I started together VERY recently and are having a great time. I did a bit of homework before we went shopping and told her what I had learned about disc brakes, suspension travel and stuff and off she went.
    She bought a Novara Bonita from REI for seven cents less than my specialized hardrock. She’s really digging it the most, especially when she’s feeding me a big juicy helping of trail grit, which is every time.
    I guess all this is to say that I’m feeling you when it comes to finding that new thing in common. It’s really great. Oh, and the Novara may be worth a look, it seems like a nice ride for the price And it’s purple.

  • #81896
    "ShinyPebble" wrote

    My Wife and I started together VERY recently and are having a great time. I did a bit of homework before we went shopping and told her what I had learned about disc brakes, suspension travel and stuff and off she went.
    She bought a Novara Bonita from REI for seven cents less than my specialized hardrock. She’s really digging it the most, especially when she’s feeding me a big juicy helping of trail grit, which is every time.
    I guess all this is to say that I’m feeling you when it comes to finding that new thing in common. It’s really great. Oh, and the Novara may be worth a look, it seems like a nice ride for the price And it’s purple.

    I think our lady friends should go the women specific route too. Like Curly07 said its made to fit. Rode with a lady on our Monday night group ride last night who was on a Novara. I’m not really familiar with them, but hey she smoked by me. My girlfriend has a woman specific Specialized which she likes, but I still can’t hardly get her on it. 😢

  • #81897

    i am a 19 year old female and i ride with my boyfriend all the time. i am a beginner..i just started in may. i ride a trek 3900..i love it. i think its a great bike. very light. again, i don’t know much about all of this yet..but as a beginner i love my bike.

  • #81898

    I’ve always had good experience with the bike company Volvo. I have one as well as my wife.

  • #81899

    I wish my girlfriend would go riding with me. She wont do anything that involves exercise though 😢

  • #81900

    I’m really hoping my wife gets into it with me after the little guy is born. It’ll give me an excellent alibi to spend money on new bikes (RB and MTB) for me 😼 I figure we add in a trainer for the oldest boy and a cart for the baby….this might just work. 😎

  • #81901

    My girlfriend would love to go with me but we haven’t been able to pick up a bike for her yet.I’ve been looking on Craigslist for womens specific bikes at a decent price but none yet.I feel bad when I go ride because she is stuck here and actually wants to go.

  • #81902

    What about renting one for her? That way she can go at least onee and see if she really does like it.

    Also check out this for Craigslist searching:
    http://crazedlist.org/

  • #81903
    "ChiliPepper" wrote

    Easy fix bro! Be a gentleman…..you walk and let her ride. 😆 😆 😆

    Yeah man, back when my girl wanted to start out, I knew for a fact that I could keep up with her just by jogging, so I let her use one of my rides (while my other one was at the LBS) and I just walked / jogged behind her.

  • #81904

    Yesterday on Lair o’ the Bear I actually saw a guy riding and his woman jogging with him.

  • #81905

    Haha,I’d have an easier time staying on the bridges if I were running.I know she likes it and wants to go,we had bikes a couple years ago and we went a few times,we just got lazy so we sold them so they would get used and not sit and rot.They were just Wal-Mart bikes but they were something to get us out on the trails.

    We actually picked up a free full suspension Mongoose for her this evening,it was sitting on the side of a friends house in the weather and he said to take it! I’ve already swapped out the rear brakes and cleaned it up real well,it should be trail ready by the weekend!!!

  • #81906

    Jogging beside her is a pretty good idea… I wish my girlfriend would at least give it a shot.

    She says she would once I get my new bike and have a spare but she’s VERY out of shape and the bike is a little too big for her probably.

  • #81907

    I just gotta have my wife get into it a bit more..So far I got her a really nice FS bike, so there are no excuses on that front…She just feels that I always ride "trails of death" according to her. Also I gotta get her up to speed.

  • #81908
    "element22" wrote

    I just gotta have my wife get into it a bit more..So far I got her a really nice FS bike, so there are no excuses on that front…She just feels that I always ride "trails of death" according to her. Also I gotta get her up to speed.

    Yea Element. My longtime girlfriend says my rides are like that too. Trails of death (or just total misery for her). She just likes doubletrack and rails to trails now.

    Funny thing was, she took me on my first real mountain bike ride. Wish I had a video of it – its funny now, though I recall terror was the emotion at the time. Ridgetop ride with great views for 4-5 miles. Then a steep singletrack descent. Thats were the trouble started. She had a rigid woman specific bike brandname Barracuda I think. I had a K-Mart Huffy. Half way down the mountain my hands got so tired trying to get those weeny caliper brakes to slow me down that I was dragging my feet in the laurels and stuff trying to brake. A 2 wheeled Fred Flintstone screaming down the hill. Survived, but probably set me back on riding about 7-8 years hehehehe. She said she just knew I was going to nail a tree and break a bone or two. Got to ride that trail again sometime since now I have good brakes. i can laugh about that now, but man I recall really being scared not being able to slow my bike down.

  • #81909

    You want funny..The bike my wife that I got her has CrankBrothers Smarty pedals. Well she still can’t get the hang of them….Concequently She fell to her side more than once.

    Of course she curses me.

  • #81910

    Checking online can be very useful.

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  • #81911
    "ChiliPepper" wrote

    Thats cool! Now get out and enjoy yourselves. Nothing like a good family ride. Have some fun bro!

    I stayed home today so we could go ride,we’re airing up the tires and getting ready to road test it and make sure it’s good for dirt!

    Last time we rode I was kinda trying to ride as I would by myself but I find she’s not that good at speeding through the trails so ,since she has the enthusiasm,I’m gonna try to tone it down and stay with here until she gets faster.Luckily I’m out of shape and only 3-4 rides ahead of her so I can’t lose her on the trail too much.

    I’ll let her work up to the trails of death,haha.

  • #81912
    "element22" wrote

    I just gotta have my wife get into it a bit more..So far I got her a really nice FS bike, so there are no excuses on that front…She just feels that I always ride "trails of death" according to her. Also I gotta get her up to speed.

    That’s awesome, "trails of death". That should be your signature, 😼

  • #81913

    We went out this afternoon and she did very well climbing up a hill and then cruising back down it,we did about 2 miles and she had about enough for a first ride so we headed back.I didn’t want to push her anymore as you suggested .

    The bike is a free Wal-Mart Mongoose that’s been outside for over a year,and after all we’ve done to it she didn’t want to leave it outside overnight so it’s hangin out in the kitchen.She is proud of it and actually likes it and says she feels comfortable on it as opposed to the old one we got for her a few years back.

    I have a feeling we’ll be going alot!

  • #81914
    "GALAXY" wrote

    The bike is a free Wal-Mart Mongoose that’s been outside for over a year,and after all we’ve done to it she didn’t want to leave it outside overnight so it’s hangin out in the kitchen.She is proud of it and actually likes it and says she feels comfortable on it as opposed to the old one we got for her a few years back.

    Sweet. She is hooked. 😎

  • #81915

    I love to see couples riding together. I’m extremely fortunate, we got into this MTB thing together-actually, she pushed me into it a little-I decided back in 2002 (while I was still single) that I was going to get a decent bike and start riding-went to the LBS and bought a new Diamondback Topanga-not top of the line, but better than the rusted Roadmaster in the garage that had been used once. Unfortunately, my Dianmondback got used-once, and sat in the garage. Fast fwd to 2008-My wife decides she wants a bike-a MTB. So, off we go to the LBS, and come home with a Trek Womens bike (in white and green, with FLOWERS on it no less…not what I would have chose, but, it’s her bike….)We ride some local park trails, a fire road near us, but get pretty bored. Fast forward to summer 2009-she decides we need to start biking again-this time we do a little research online, and find a MTB park maintaned by OEF (Oklahoma Earthbike Fellowship). We rode the 4 mile green trail, and got hooked-been back 3 times this week, and I’m heading there right after work again. Best part is, we do it together!

    I’m extremely lucky, we share most interests-we both love to kayak and do so quite a bit. We both love shooting sports, target shooting, skeet, sporting clays, etc. I don’t have to get a kitchen pass to go do the things I dig, she just comes along! If you can find things to do together and be pasionate about, it makes things SO much better-good on ya!

  • #81916

    Yep, it’s the secret to life-however, one thing I have learned that I can share with everyone here, has probably done more to save my marriage than anything else. It’s not MTB specific, but if you apply the logic to a tandem bike, the premise is the same-if you recall, I said we also love to Kayak-however, we started out in a canoe and paddled together for several years….I can say with all certainty, that besides enjoying things together, the secret to marriage is simple-

    One bed-separate boats!

  • #81917
    "Shortline" wrote

    Yep, it’s the secret to life-however, one thing I have learned that I can share with everyone here, has probably done more to save my marriage than anything else. It’s not MTB specific, but if you apply the logic to a tandem bike, the premise is the same-if you recall, I said we also love to Kayak-however, we started out in a canoe and paddled together for several years….I can say with all certainty, that besides enjoying things together, the secret to marriage is simple-

    One bed-separate boats!

    MTBer and also a kayaker here. Have witnessed "the couple that paddles together – battles together" 😆 My girlfriend and I almost always ride solo boats even though we both have tandem canoes.

    A mountain bike parrallel would be riding on trails that you both can enjoy. Have spent a few nights in the dog-house for taking my GF on trails that she just plain out didn’t enjoy. I’m more careful about picking rides for both of us, and just ride the other stuff solo or with other like minded riders.

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