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12/10/12 2:38 P

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hi crowdgowild, the bike shop that we purchased at set the bike up for her. the 13.5" frame works very well for my wife. this is the first time that she has owned a bike with better components on it, and she loves the way the bike handles. as far as ridding together, i'm retired, but my wife still work's, and on one of her day's off she goes to her parents house to help take care of them. it's winter now and she does not share my motivation to go out ridding. next spring we will be loading the bike and trike on the back of our truck and finding bike trails to go ridding on together. we will also be ridding at our RV site. i plan to equipp my trike with mt. bike tires in front so that it will have better traction off road.

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12/10/12 11:24 A

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Kayak-- how is your wife's bike working out for her?

I'm just over 5' tall myself, and know firsthand how hard it can be to find a bike that fits. Most LBS don't stock bikes in my size range, let alone WSD.

Hope you're both still enjoying riding together!

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11/4/12 8:55 A

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My wife and daughter had older bikes that were "unisex". In other words the frame geometry was really designed for male riders. Both my wife and daughter complained of back and knee pain while riding. My wife is 5'4" and my daughter is 5'11". A few yeas ago they got bikes designed for women. The back and knee pain disappeared.

I really have no recommendation on bikes. The advice on bike fitting is sound. I also recommend that you look at women specific models. As you have already found out, a mountain bike is not an efficient way to travel on roads.

Good luck finding THE bike.

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Have you tried a bike fitting? It's possible your bike might work for you after all with some adjustments:

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10/31/12 12:14 A

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Whoops just realized I didn't completely answer your question, what I don't like specifically is the way I feel "all hunched up" when I ride the bike. I'm not sure you will understand what I mean but that is the best way I know to describe it.

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10/31/12 12:12 A

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I have a Trek road bike now. It's a blue one with some white accents with the curvy handle bars, not sure of the model. I would have to go out to the storage room and look at it to see. I got it in May 2010 and have ridden it in 6 sprint triathlons but I just don't like it. Its one saving grace is it beats the heck out of my husband's mountain bike that I rode in my first sprint triathlon in 2008! You talk a power-a-thon. I was younger back then too :) I swore off triathlons until I could get a good road bike and I bought this one in 2010. It is a good road bike, doesn't have the tri bar but I wisely waited to see if I would want to add them to this bike and am glad I didn't.

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10/29/12 6:39 P

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new bike for my wife. we have been looking for a bike for my wife for a while. i tried to talk her into a trike, but since she is 5' tall, she thinks a recumbent trike is too low. yesterday we stopped by an out of the way bike dealership near renton, wa and found a bike that more that filled my expectations. it's a new 2011 felt G620 13.5" frame mountain bike. it fits my wife's petite frame. and is very well equipped with hydraulic disc brakes (F&R) 27 gears, front suspension, etc. since it was a 2011 model is was deeply discounted (40%). and they even thru in a free kickstand and a bike tune up after a break in period. my wife & i just went out on our first ride and she just loves it. having a riding companion (along with trooper) will help help modivate us to go riding. we will also go out and explore the local bike paths and trails.



just wondering if anyone else is familiar with this mountain bike.

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10/29/12 3:50 P

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My first question would be what Trek bicycle you have and what do you not like about it?

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10/27/12 11:58 P

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Choosing a bike that "works" for a person is such an individualized process...doubt anyone can make this call for you. Folks may point you in a general direction but riding a bike is your best bet.

I would suggest NOT ordering a bike you haven't ridden with satisfaction.

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Hello, I live in Louisiana so I can bike pretty much year round here. Louisiana roads are notoriously rough and where I live is no exception. I had bought a Trek road bicycle off Craigs List and my local bike shop has modified it for me a few times but at the end of the day I just do not like the bike and only ride it when I do sprint triathlons. I test rode a Raleigh Cadent at our lbs but they can't get one in my size until December. They have offered to order the Trek f/x but I'm hesitant to order a bike that I've never rode. I've been told that if I don't like the bike it is not returnable. Does anyone have personal experience or a recommendation on either bicyle? I am a tall female (5'10"). A pool shop here in town also sells Cannondale but they don't seem too knowledgeable about bikes. It's over 100 miles to the next city with a bike shop. thanks for any help or advice you can give me.

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