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bike for a lady

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by alecstilleyedye, 15 Mar 2008.

  1. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    mrs alecetc is thinking of getting a new bike, mainly for 1m commute and maybe for a daytime pootle with an infant carrier on the back.

    lbs has the claud butler classic for £200, and it ticks every box and seems a lot of bike for the money.

    anybody had one of these (men's or ladies')? what do you think?
     
  2. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Carerra Subway 1. 10% off online from Halfords this weekend. I think they're about £200 in store.

    I had a CB similar to that one. It was the next one up I think. It was ok. A couple of my nieces also have them. I think the Subway is altogether a much better bike designed and built bike though. My wife has one and she loves it.

    http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/...1_productId_240389_langId_-1_categoryId_60955

    It doesn't come with guards or a rack, but SKS guards are only £20 -don't whatever you do buy the Halfords Dirt Monkey guards, they're terrible.
     
  3. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Looks pretty smart - the chain guard is a good idea for a pootle....

    You don't need a kids seat do you ?
     
  4. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    i wouldn't trust our local halfords, bunch of spanner monkeys. i agree that carrera bikes are decent, i've got one. it's just a shame that the quality of mechanic workmanship at the place lets them down. i got very lucky when i bought mine, apparently the chap at halfords who put mine together is now at a decent bike shop of good repute.
     
  5. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    I know what you mean. It really wouldn't stop me buying one though. You can always check it yourself when you get home, or it would even be worth your BLS checking it over.

    It really is a good bike. After all, it is the fruit of Isla Rowntree.
     
  6. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    the subway is probably not suitable for mrs alecetc, who will need the open frame as she will be riding skirted. if i was buying for me, i would probably go for the carrera.
     
  7. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    I have a little used bike seat thingy if you don't yet have one ?
     
  8. Kirst

    Kirst Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    Have you got an Edinburgh Bicycle Coop near you? Their new range is just out.
     
  9. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    I had (and adored) a Dawes Discovery 201 which I got for roughly £200 and it had a girl frame as well. Hugely recommended. I tried a similar CB and preferred the Dawes.
     
  10. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    is it a rack mounted one? we already have one of the ones that slots in to bulky bracket on the bike, which on a small framed bike has previously required the saddle to be removed before installing the child seat.
     
  11. Milo

    Milo Veteran

    Location:
    Melksham, Wilts
    I agree I like dawes i recently got a giro 300 basic road bike. Pleased as punch only problem is they tend to ship with tektro brakes which can be a bit cack. Mine were supplied broken but were replaced within 3 working days on warranty.
    Still when iv'e got the dough im going to get some shimano.
     
  12. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Sorry it's a frame mounted one.... ah well....anyone else need one !
     
  13. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Location:
    Peterborough
    I just got the wife a Dawes Kalahari...very nice looking, open framed,but it was £250 from the LBS.
    It is available online at £200ish...but i wanted to be sure we got the right size..and looking at the thing in the flesh is important as well.

    The only dissapointment was the showroom bike was a 2007, with Shimano V brakes and cranks. The one we actually got was a 2008...which i didnt realise has Tektro V brakes and unbranded (AFAIK) cranks. I think i'd go for the 07...different wheels as well.

    Still....she is a VERY happy bunny.:ohmy:

    Beware tho...she told me off in the shop for trying to influence her on all the various bits and bobs. You do want this...you dont want that :biggrin:

    BOG OFF..she said...i dont tell you which bike to have...I'M going to choose MY bike...not you.
    :blush:
     
  14. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    If she's a skirty person, tehn look at Decathlon. They do those Dutch type bikes. Way less than £200, with all the bits attached.
     
  15. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset