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    Need advice in buying new bike

    My plan is to buy a new bike for my husband. It will be my birthday present to him. I'd like to know your advice and where to look for a cheaper but the best bike. Please tell me your thoughts.

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    road bike? comfort bike? ebike? TT bike? mtn bike?
    budget?

    cheaper deal on a good bike is to buy used. but then that has pitfalls for the inexperienced. (hey my dad recently bought a used $8k S Works Venge w Red for $1500.)

    Can get an entry level enthusiast road bike which will suffice for around $1000 at a bike shop, but the sweet spot is more like $2000, at a bike shop. So, maybe go to a local bike shop where the experts there can steer you in the right direction.
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    i'd buy the best vintage steel lightweight you can find on craigs or ebay in his size for $500 or less. these bikes feature:

    - cotterless cranks
    - nice original paint (allowing you to resell the bike easily)
    - chromoly framesets or better with matching forks
    - on-frame derailleur hangers
    - down tube or bar end shifters
    - all aluminum components (rims, etc.).
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    or heck, why not just get a pennyfarthing?
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    I'll be totally honest with you - don't. I wouldn't want someone else, even my wife, to select a bike for me. Pay for it? Yes. But the selection is a personal decision. Take him shopping for a new bike, but let him pick it.
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    So, do you know how to properly SIZE a bike? No? Then it's a bad idea.
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    buying a bike for someone else without their input is a horrible idea...
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    Post in the ‘other’ forum and you’ll get a different set of answers. But provide some specifics such as type of riding, fitness level, biking experience, budget, etc.
    But bottom line is you can’t just buy him a bike, it’s gotta be the right fit and be comfortable, etc. and you gotta have a positive vibe with the shop you’re dealing with.

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    Don't buy a bike for him. Instead, give him a card, perhaps a hand-drawn card, that looks something like an award or diploma inside. The "award" announces hubby has won the right to pick up a new bike. You can list price limits etc., on the award.

    Or, cut out a large cardboard piece in the shape of a bicycle, wrap some paper and ribbon on it, and write on this large cardboard the same thing as above.

    Sort of like a gift certificate, but with some real effort behind it. Get creative and it will be a real hit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCSaltchucker View Post
    road bike? comfort bike? ebike? TT bike? mtn bike?
    budget?

    cheaper deal on a good bike is to buy used. but then that has pitfalls for the inexperienced. (hey my dad recently bought a used $8k S Works Venge w Red for $1500.)

    Can get an entry level enthusiast road bike which will suffice for around $1000 at a bike shop, but the sweet spot is more like $2000, at a bike shop. So, maybe go to a local bike shop where the experts there can steer you in the right direction.
    Thanks! I 'm also thinking to buy a used one. Maybe a road bike will suffice his needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oxtox View Post
    buying a bike for someone else without their input is a horrible idea...
    If you wouldn't buy him a date... don't buy him a bike. One needs to pick out their own ride...
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