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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:39 pm 
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Topic says all..
She's very active, goes hiking like a maniac and looks 35 when she's actually 50.
Now she asked me to put together a retrobike for her...

Im thinking something light.

Discuss and input is welcome :)


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:07 pm 
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Assumng something not too exotic, steel, and fairly conservative i would shout, Orange prestige, or stumpy


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:09 pm 
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Doubt she wants to spend too much, again massive presumption but assume it won't be used for black runs at Afan etc so go for something mid range and rigid, like a rockhopper in my Sig. Or marins/Saracens always deliver for the bucks and are readily available in wide range of sizes.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:13 pm 
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Do you two get along? We need to know if it's supposed to have decent brakes or not.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:23 pm 
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If you like her you could have a stab a this. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Classic-orang ... 6770401205


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:29 pm 
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How tall is the lady in question :?:


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:36 pm 
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Raging_Bulls wrote:
Do you two get along? We need to know if it's supposed to have decent brakes or not.



:lol:


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 12:39 am 
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Raging_Bulls wrote:
Do you two get along? We need to know if it's supposed to have decent brakes or not.

I laughed so hard soda came out my nose...

but yes, my mother inlaw is great.

The reason she wants a retrobike is to get a good lightweight bike thats good for touring (shes not going into downhill) and is cheaper than a modern bike, (modern bikes are crazy expensive in iceland.. lowest prices are 1000 quid and top prices are 10.000 quid

I told her we could build a decent bike for 400 quid, so lightweight alu frame, decent forks and modern groupset, im thinking alvio

Shes about 165cm tall so a small frame id say would suit.
Id be interested in a unidentified karma frames as long as they are aluminium and pretty light :)


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 1:17 am 
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If you want something good for touring, I'd look for something rigid and steel. A lot of aluminium frames don't have rack mounts, also, you've no worries about cracks with steel frames, whereas some early aluminium frames had some issues.

Women generally have longer legs and a shorter back than a man of the same height, so Orange might not be a bad brand for a female rider, they generally had a shorter top tube for a given seat tube height than some other brands like Marin and Kona.

There are always plenty of Oranges cropping up on Ebay and there's a few small framed ones at the moment:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Orange-C16-Mo ... 35c8feb259

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/orange-p7-f7- ... 5d40c37343

Although it looks like the P7 doesn't have rack mounts or mudguard eyes, so maybe not a good choice.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 3:48 am 
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For £400 forget Alivio, you'll be able to build/find something really good quality on here for her! My tourer is a steel Mongoose with eyelets and bosses everywhere, full DX, Sun Rhyno Lites and Salsa finishing kit - owes me well under £200.

Talk through what she needs it to do with her, if she'd prefer suspension or the lighter weight/zero hassle of rigids, how aggressive a position and how fun/twitchy/stable she'd like it to be. Hopefully that should point you in the right direction!


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