Recommend a ladies bike please.

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by Dirk, 18 Jan 2018.

  1. Dirk

    Dirk Veteran

    Location:
    Devon's Gold Coast
    My wife has decided that she would like a new 'do it all' bike.
    I've been trawling the internet and I'm having trouble sourcing something that meets her (exacting) requirements.
    Bear in mind that the following points are non negotiable.

    She wants:
    Drop bars.
    Decent brakes.
    Diamond shape alloy frame.(ie. not 'ladies shopper' type frame)
    Triple chainset.
    Able to take 28mm tyres.
    Mudguards mounts.
    Rack mounts.
    Non garish colour scheme. (She likes white, blue or lilac)
    Preferably less than £600.

    The bike will be used as a winter/leisure/light touring tool.
    Can anyone suggest something suitable?
     
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  2. Cycleops

    Cycleops Veteran

    Location:
    Accra, Ghana
    Evans own Pinnacle range have had a good press on here and the last year's model Dolomite 2 women specific model looks worthy of consideration at 20% off:
    https://www.evanscycles.com/pinnacle-dolomite-2-2017-women-s-road-bike-EV275640
    Sorry no triple.
    Or this with a triple:
    https://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-500-se-road-bike-id_8306187.html
     
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  3. OP
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    Dirk

    Dirk Veteran

    Location:
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  4. rivers

    rivers Senior Member

    Location:
    Bristol
  5. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    What size does she need? Does it have to be a ladies/wsd model

    I think the triple bit might be the issue. Compact double?
    Would p clips work for the rack?
    Race blades for the guards?

    Some road options around budget in acceptable colours

    https://www.paulscycles.co.uk/m7b0s134p7458/CANNONDALE-SYNAPSE-ALLOY-SORA-WOMENS-2017

    https://www.paulscycles.co.uk/m7b0s134p5873/LIV-AVAIL-1-2015

    https://www.paulscycles.co.uk/m7b0s134p7459/CANNONDALE-SYNAPSE-ALLOY-CLARIS-WOMENS-2017

    https://www.paulscycles.co.uk/m7b0s134p6561/CANNONDALE-SYNAPSE-ALLOY-TIAGRA-WOMENS-2016
     
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  6. rivers

    rivers Senior Member

    Location:
    Bristol
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  7. Cycleops

    Cycleops Veteran

    Location:
    Accra, Ghana
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  8. OP
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    Dirk

    Dirk Veteran

    Location:
    Devon's Gold Coast
    As you say - not a triple.

    She needs 50/51 cm frame.
    A compact double won't give the crawler gear she needs when touring up hills, with a load on.
    Not keen on P clips or race blades.

    She's already got a Ridgeback Tour - pretty much the same thing.
     
  9. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Build her something? Buy something and change to a triple?

    As you've found, I doubt her spec exists in a new bike
     
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  10. OP
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    Dirk

    Dirk Veteran

    Location:
    Devon's Gold Coast
    It's crossed my mind, but I'd rather get something off the shelf, if possible.
     
  11. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

  12. rivers

    rivers Senior Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    Alternatively, something like a 48/32 or 46/30 and an 11-32 cassette should provide a similar range
     
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  13. OP
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    Dirk

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    Location:
    Devon's Gold Coast
  14. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    But that's what your spec suggests...not a racy roadbike!

    Look at the Whyte range, change the groupset
     
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    Dirk

    Dirk Veteran

    Location:
    Devon's Gold Coast
    She had a Rapide road bike that she liked, but the brakes were awful.
    She is most comfortable on her Ridley Liz C 20, so something with a similar geometry might be suitable.
    Having done further research, I reckon the Rapide RL1 disc is about the closest on spec......but she don't like the colour!:angry:
    http://ukbikevault.com/shop/bikes/rapide-rl-disc-1-2016/
     
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