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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:58 pm 
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Would you consider New?
I have :
GT Avalanche 3 cable disc, small, new in box
Saracen killi team, green, newly assembled not ridden
Felt, fit woman, small, new, assembled not ridden

Pm for tel no if interested, all £300 posted.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:01 pm 
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Back in 2003 my then girlfriend (and now wife :lol: ) liked the idea of cycling but hadn't done much for years, she's 5ft and not particularly long legged, she ended up with a new Trek albeit a 2002 model, 14", and WSD (women specific design) although it was close with a slightly better Trek, not WSD with disks. Some of the geometries really didn't fit and things like reach to brake levers etc made a big difference.

We got it at Evans in The Cut at Waterloo who were brilliant in terms of measuring her, digging out various bikes for trying and, as they didn't have many of the really small built, building lots more. We also tried a couple of other shops for greater variety. She ended up with the one that she liked and felt best on, and ended up using it quite a lot including to cycle across central London to go to work before we moved out, ie not just a fad. I think going to somewhere with a wide selection will give a chance to try, there is a huge variation we found in even the very small bikes.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:04 pm 
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joss wrote:
Would you consider New?
I have :
GT Avalanche 3 cable disc, small, new in box
Saracen killi team, green, newly assembled not ridden
Felt, fit woman, small, new, assembled not ridden

Pm for tel no if interested, all £300 posted.


I googled the Kili Team and couldn't find it! Which Felt model is that one? I think to be honest they are probably a bit lower down the scale than I want to go. I'm looking at £550-600 for a new bike but would by far prefer to go down the used route so I can get more for my money.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:05 pm 
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daugs wrote:
Back in 2003 my then girlfriend (and now wife :lol: ) liked the idea of cycling but hadn't done much for years, she's 5ft and not particularly long legged, she ended up with a new Trek albeit a 2002 model, 14", and WSD (women specific design) although it was close with a slightly better Trek, not WSD with disks. Some of the geometries really didn't fit and things like reach to brake levers etc made a big difference.

We got it at Evans in The Cut at Waterloo who were brilliant in terms of measuring her, digging out various bikes for trying and, as they didn't have many of the really small built, building lots more. We also tried a couple of other shops for greater variety. She ended up with the one that she liked and felt best on, and ended up using it quite a lot including to cycle across central London to go to work before we moved out, ie not just a fad. I think going to somewhere with a wide selection will give a chance to try, there is a huge variation we found in even the very small bikes.


In an ideal world we would go check out a few new bikes, even if it was only to decide on what to look for in the used market. Unfortunately living only a few miles from Lands End limits us a little without a long journey :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:16 pm 
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raidan73 wrote:
In an ideal world we would go check out a few new bikes, even if it was only to decide on what to look for in the used market. Unfortunately living only a few miles from Lands End limits us a little without a long journey :lol:


Knowing she is ok on the Kona is a long way ahead of where we were, interestingly I saw your thread about an upgrade and was wondering about something retro for the mrs, but I would still say, if at all possible, some test rides would be good, even if takes a bit of organising before mayhem or some other event. As I mentioned even things like size and reach of brake levers etc made a difference as well as crank length needing 170 or even 165.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:18 pm 
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daugs wrote:
raidan73 wrote:
In an ideal world we would go check out a few new bikes, even if it was only to decide on what to look for in the used market. Unfortunately living only a few miles from Lands End limits us a little without a long journey :lol:


Knowing she is ok on the Kona is a long way ahead of where we were, interestingly I saw your thread about an upgrade and was wondering about something retro for the mrs, but I would still say, if at all possible, some test rides would be good, even if takes a bit of organising before mayhem or some other event. As I mentioned even things like size and reach of brake levers etc made a difference as well as crank length needing 170 or even 165.


Did I mention the other problem? She wants it yesterday :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 7:16 am 
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raidan73 wrote:
I have thought about the Cowan and similar but she really wants something she could ride comfortably few a few hours. There's a nice little Chameleon on ebay just now but £175 for frame only seems a bit steep!


The Chameleon back end is as stiff as a very stiff thing, so everything about the Cowan applies to it too.
However, they both have space to accommodate biggish (2.35") tyres and if you run these at low pressures ( in the region of 20psi) that'll do more to absorb trail harshness than having a more "forgiving" frame would.


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