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Hi all, Im sure there might be a few other other threads like this, but I need some help please.

 

The wife is keen on a bike now. What should I be spend? I dont want to but something now and have to upgrade too quickly(she is very competitive) I was hoping to get a hardtail to start offwith - Possibly spend about R5000(max R6000)also need to get a helmet.

 

Is that amount pretty reasonable to get something decent with? Ive looked at a Merida matt tfs 100 also possibly the Merida Juliet tfs 100, Giant Terrago, Gt Avalanche 3.0 so far. Ive been told the new Scott 2011 bikes are gonna be good too, great specs etc. Ive read some good reviews on the Silverback bikes as well. Any other bikes that guys/girls would recommend? So hence all the confusion :unsure:.

 

Many Thanks :)

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Dont buy her a bike as then you will be expected to ride with her and trust me it is very painfull to spend your time at snail pace with someone who most properly wont listen too any advice from you!

I tried road bike and mtb. Then I got a tandem and at least you cant drop.

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Dont buy her a bike as then you will be expected to ride with her and trust me it is very painfull to spend your time at snail pace with someone who most properly wont listen too any advice from you!

I tried road bike and mtb. Then I got a tandem and at least you cant drop.

 

She wants to ride with my mates wives/girlfriends so not too worried about that. Hey you never know, she could end up fitter & ride better then me :unsure: She knows Im not expected to ride all the time with her. Im just stoked she is getting amped to ride more :) She is already damn fit as it is.

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Dont buy her a bike as then you will be expected to ride with herd mtb.

 

don't listen to him!

she's most welcome to ride with me (gauteng area, if your from here)

i won't tell her what to do, have a few buddies who i invite to 'newbie'-rides cos they can quickly see what the noob's doing wrong, and for some of other reason they don't mind listening to him :)

 

as for the bike - set a budget, then take her to a bikeshop and let her choose the bike she likes most - she's gonna end up riding it.

 

silverback's good value for money - can't remember what model i looked at, though.

don't force her to get cleats (unless she wants to) - but go for bike that's got disk brakes - that's the most expensive single part to upgrade (cos often you have to upgrade the wheels too) and get her tubeless, it's gonna be more enjoyable if she doens't have to deal with flats.

 

let me know when she's got a bike and when she need riding buddies!

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Hey Crack

Are those bikes Merida Juliet tfs 100, Giant Terrago, Gt Avalanche 3.0 you mention all below R5k?

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Hey Crack

Are those bikes Merida Juliet tfs 100, Giant Terrago, Gt Avalanche 3.0 you mention all below R5k?

 

Kinda near these or just abouts, the Giant was R7500, decent bike with good components. So that would be pushing it price wise, Gt avanlanche was R4500 or so. The Merida matt tfs 100 was R4995, the guy at the bike shop said the Juliet was around the same price but was getting back to me tomorrow. The Scott(2011)model, not sure which one though was gonna be R5995. The Silverback Saturn also has good reviews(R4500), I also saw a Specialised which was pretty good for under 5k.

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Hi all, Im sure there might be a few other other threads like this, but I need some help please.

 

The wife is keen on a bike now. What should I be spend? I dont want to but something now and have to upgrade too quickly(she is very competitive) I was hoping to get a hardtail to start offwith - Possibly spend about R5000(max R6000)also need to get a helmet.

 

Is that amount pretty reasonable to get something decent with? Ive looked at a Merida matt tfs 100 also possibly the Merida Juliet tfs 100, Giant Terrago, Gt Avalanche 3.0 so far. Ive been told the new Scott 2011 bikes are gonna be good too, great specs etc. Ive read some good reviews on the Silverback bikes as well. Any other bikes that guys/girls would recommend? So hence all the confusion :unsure:.

 

Many Thanks :)

 

 

Just buy her what you ride to be fare.

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don't listen to him!

she's most welcome to ride with me (gauteng area, if your from here)

i won't tell her what to do, have a few buddies who i invite to 'newbie'-rides cos they can quickly see what the noob's doing wrong, and for some of other reason they don't mind listening to him :)

 

as for the bike - set a budget, then take her to a bikeshop and let her choose the bike she likes most - she's gonna end up riding it.

 

silverback's good value for money - can't remember what model i looked at, though.

don't force her to get cleats (unless she wants to) - but go for bike that's got disk brakes - that's the most expensive single part to upgrade (cos often you have to upgrade the wheels too) and get her tubeless, it's gonna be more enjoyable if she doens't have to deal with flats.

 

let me know when she's got a bike and when she need riding buddies!

 

Thanks for the mail, the wife was stoked for the encouragement. We have kinda set her a budget but that can also be breoken a bit for the right bike but I think R7000 would be the utmost limit - and then no food for a couple weeks, lol.

 

The cleats Ive told her already she must wait to get more confident and then she can have my old pedals(ive just upgraded) - She will be getting lots of bits and pieces from me as well :)

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Just buy her what you ride to be fare.

 

That would just be stupid - Let her get more confident and become a better rider first - Before we start spending a lot ;)

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When I went to look at buying my bike, my partner also had eyes for the Silverbacks, maybe get something that has a reasonable price and give her the balance to buy some shorts/shirts/gloves/helmet/water bottles etc.

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Hi Crack,

 

C u in Durban,I am thinking of selling my wifes Giant Women specific (Small Dual suspension) might fall in your budget.

 

I am from Toti,interested?

 

Regards

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