Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by Dirk, 18 Jan 2018.
I already have, that's the problem.
A case of 'monkey see - monkey do'.
Take a look at a specialized diverge. It can handle touring. You can probably find a used one well within budget, with enough spare change to swap over to a sub-compact, which should give her the lower gearing she requires/wants in a double.
I'm starting to think that way , as well.
I'm off down the pub!
Except they're all black and grey so miss fussy pants won't like it
2013 Avail? No triple but will take full mudguards @jefmcg has on her 2012. I had a rack on my 2012. Can definitely handle lots of miles on long journeys, @jefmcg has done some ridiculous amount on her on some big hills (of course I sold mine after around 3000 miles but it never missed a beat)
Unfortunately I have a nasty feeling that the 50cm is the Medium with a 54cm TT (as I had one)
Or the 2016 Avail for same money, all sizes 'avail'able
Would the budget stretch to this Marin Four Corners?
I feel like the drop bars are potentially a sticking point - no wiggle room there with bar ends, switching out to an unusual non-drop with multiple positions etc? Lots of capable alloy fast hybrids/flat bar road bikes with hydraulic discs, carbon forks (if weight is important as you said) and rack/mudguard mounts out there. Or are they not going to be comfortable enough?
If not, Marin Four Corners any good?
Still steel though and 2018 model a bit out of budget. 2017 models probably under though; Cycle Surgery tend to have lots of last year's Marin stuff on sale if there's one near you for a weight test.
Ahh yes.... I know that problem....
Rutland have an 18" 2017 in silver for £550
Promax discs are pretty awful apparently but can be changed to Spyres for ~£100
You cross posted with @alicat
Think the silver option is very much the nicer one when it comes to the 2017 colours - the olive/red one is pretty unpleasant to me (and I normally LIKE green bikes and contrasting forks).
The Marin is steel - she wants alloy.
She's already got a straight bar bike, a Giant Dash 1.
It's doin' me ade in...... I've found a distraction for a while.......
Tell her to find her own bike or build one
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