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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 3:50 am 
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I only looked in to do mum-in-law jokes, but I reckon Raging_Bull nailed it! :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 7:06 am 
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It may come as a great shock to some, but people over 50 are still capable of riding bikes and don't yet need confining to an OAP's home with a bowl of baby food and a plastic mug of warm sweet tea!

As the father of an active female retro rider and the husband of an occasional retro rider, I would suggest an Orange C16R, or P7, as they are light, tough and nimble. They are also plentiful and cheap to build.

As for modern running gear, I am a fan of SRAM and have both 3 x 9 and 2 x 10 set ups on my retro bikes; X5 and X7 are easy and cheap to come by, yet are light enough and tough enough to get the job done.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:02 am 
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Mother In-Law :) So it really is a million dollar Question, after all you must remain in her good books ;)

I built my wife her first Retro ride based on a nice Muddy Fox Alu Sport (Ok not high end) but she could add her little touches and help with the evolution of the build. And i know the saddle is like a Zeppelin but its a Muddy Fox saddle, and is comfy for her and was purchased by the wife (Its her bike, she rides it so she needs to be happy with it) STX-RC groupset nice and light, and all came in under £100 even with the forks purchase.

£400 should get you something special indeed, but i would seek her input and let her become creative, there is a tendancy to build how we like a bike to be, not how our wives, girlfriends and mother-in-laws would really like (Hence the purple on Lauras Muddy Fox, Her idea, not mine, I actually dont like Purple Ano that much)


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 12:58 pm 
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I know the feeling, im currently building my wife a bike as well, thats how my mother inlaw got interested.

For the misses Im building an 1992 Iboc Team with Manitou 2´s getting it powder coated in Candy purple with custom decals with her name and race number. (its the one with a triangular top tube)
The adding anodized pink stuff on it...

ill get my mother-inlaw over for coffee and discuss what she's looking for in a bike.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 2:51 pm 
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Is top tube length really such a problem? A lot of 90's bikes assumed the use of very long stems; you should be able to trim 4 or 5 cm off.

Lightweight instantly says "Zaskar" but Z's with female friendly stand-over seem much harder to find.

I'd strongly suggest considering Mary Bars. Much more ergonomic, and the further you get past 30 the more this counts.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 3:45 pm 
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Or Fleagles as a halfway house, big fan of some sweep on a flat bar. Salsa ProMoto/MotoAce come in a very wrist friendly 17' sweep that I love 8)


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:06 pm 
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Can heartily recommend the Mary Bar, and at this price...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/STEEL-BLACK-2 ... 2c6d7be487

...are a bit of a steal 8)

Pictured in situ in my 'Current project' link below.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:16 pm 
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Something with clipless pedals and then send her riding by the canal.

(This post is dedicated to Les Dawson)


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:28 pm 
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The History Man wrote:
Something with clipless pedals and then send her riding by the canal.

(This post is dedicated to Les Dawson)


You hum it, I'll play it - also in the style of, and in tribute to Les.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 12:04 pm 
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We_are_Stevo wrote:
Can heartily recommend the Mary Bar, and at this price...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/STEEL-BLACK-2 ... 2c6d7be487

...are a bit of a steal 8)

Pictured in situ in my 'Current project' link below.


One-On are selling all their own design bars at half price too.


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