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Present for girlfriend

Postby mumbojumbo » 23 Aug 2020, 6:43pm

I have a friend who shows some interest inn ycling and even has a bike.What smal gift up to £250 can I buy to make cycling great fun?I thought about a cycling outfit,such as somen tweeds or plus fours-she palys golf as well?

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Re: Present for girlfriend

Postby Jdsk » 23 Aug 2020, 7:14pm

A velodrome session with friends... once they're open again?

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Postby Cyril Haearn » 23 Aug 2020, 8:08pm

N+1, you could get her another cycle for that money, with a fixed wheel maybe?
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Re: Present for girlfriend

Postby Elizabeth_S » 24 Aug 2020, 10:18am

So she has a bike, doesn't cycle much, and you'd like to encourage her to cycle more? So why doesn't she cycle much? Not tweeds, expensive and you need the right fit, bit niche unless she's really into retro stuff, and they don't even wear tweed on golf courses much around here.
Ask her why she doesn't cycle before you do anything so you don't make an expensive mistake. Good waterproofs might help cycling and golf.

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Re: Present for girlfriend

Postby Cyril Haearn » 24 Aug 2020, 10:29am

Cycling books, magazines, subscription to the Gazette and Cycling Weakly
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Re: Present for girlfriend

Postby Audax67 » 24 Aug 2020, 10:51am

"Some interest in cycling and even has a bike" doesn't sound like someone who would plunge avidly into cycling lit*, nor yet would welcome velodrome sessions. You could get her a pretty good [seatpost] rack & rack bag for that sort of money, and put a few goodies in it too: tools, tubes, edibles...

* I've been cycling since the Dawn of Time and I find 99.9999% of it dead boring
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Postby Cyril Haearn » 24 Aug 2020, 11:10am

Audax67 wrote:"Some interest in cycling and even has a bike" doesn't sound like someone who would plunge avidly into cycling lit*, nor yet would welcome velodrome sessions. You could get her a pretty good [seatpost] rack & rack bag for that sort of money, and put a few goodies in it too: tools, tubes, edibles...

* I've been cycling since the Dawn of Time and I find 99.9999% of it dead boring

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What do you read instead?
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Re: Present for girlfriend

Postby Carlton green » 24 Aug 2020, 3:56pm

Elizabeth_S wrote:So she has a bike, doesn't cycle much, and you'd like to encourage her to cycle more? So why doesn't she cycle much? Not tweeds, expensive and you need the right fit, bit niche unless she's really into retro stuff, and they don't even wear tweed on golf courses much around here.
Ask her why she doesn't cycle before you do anything so you don't make an expensive mistake. Good waterproofs might help cycling and golf.


IMHO the above wins the prize for most useful answer.

In response to the OP I’ve been married for years and I still don’t quite understand the fine details but basically never tell your Mrs (to do) anything, ask open questions and listen very carefully to the answers without interrupting or offering ‘advice’. My Mrs has a nice bike but doesn’t use it, she’s happy to walk and doesn’t like cycling with me because I ride too far and too fast (oh that I could actually ride what I consider to be far and fast). She doesn’t like using the overcomplicated gears (18 speed) on her bike either, but did select a bike with them ... Personally I think that there’s a lot to be said for both three speed hub gears and a single chain wheel driving a wide range ‘freewheel’ on a lightweight bike. Women will cycle with other women; they seem to find their own pace, cover what they find to be a comfortable distance and enjoy an all ladies chat. I wish them well and am always glad to see such a liberated group enjoying a ride, perhaps some of them even ride with their partners from time to time too.

I’m really not certain that you can buy gifts that make Cycling great fun for someone who doesn’t cycle much. If you want to spend time with your Lady then ask her what she’d like to do (and obviously do it) and at some later point she might be open to cycling (literally) a few miles with you ... there’s no need for you to make my mistakes.

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Re: Present for girlfriend

Postby mumbojumbo » 25 Aug 2020, 5:39am

Thans for advice so far and the suggestion of waterproofs is excellent,We have an ex-army stores nearby and hope to get pair of matching oilskins in yellow or motorway orange,and use the change ti buy a modified towable shopping trolley-lkocal farrier knoicks these out for £50.

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Postby Cunobelin » 25 Aug 2020, 6:24am

mumbojumbo wrote:Thans for advice so far and the suggestion of waterproofs is excellent,We have an ex-army stores nearby and hope to get pair of matching oilskins in yellow or motorway orange,and use the change ti buy a modified towable shopping trolley-lkocal farrier knoicks these out for £50.


Something a tad more breathable then oilskins perhaps?

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Re: Present for girlfriend

Postby 531colin » 25 Aug 2020, 8:18am

I see a business opportunity here, for one of those posh hotels that do Spa/pampering weekends to include bike fitting as a "treatment".
But realistically, I think you should buy her a new saddle, and yourself a full set of body armour and helmet.

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Re: Present for girlfriend

Postby eileithyia » 25 Aug 2020, 12:59pm

Find out what would make cycling more accessible to her; comfier saddle, padded shorts, some decent waterproofs (NOT oilskins), more confidence perhaps pay for a bikeability course......
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Postby Vorpal » 25 Aug 2020, 1:46pm

mumbojumbo wrote:Thans for advice so far and the suggestion of waterproofs is excellent,We have an ex-army stores nearby and hope to get pair of matching oilskins in yellow or motorway orange,and use the change ti buy a modified towable shopping trolley-lkocal farrier knoicks these out for £50.

Oilskins are okay for something like a cape, but not ideal for overtrousers & jacket. Not everyone likes capes, and other stuff generally requires being tried on. So, I would recommend asking first. The same goes for the towable shopping trolley. If she doesn't already do her shopping by bike, a rack and panniers might be more useful. If she does, she likely has a system that works.

If you want something that doesn't require asking first, or trying stuff on, buy a gift card from a local cycle shop, and let her pick for herself.
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Re: Present for girlfriend

Postby rjb » 25 Aug 2020, 2:15pm

531colin wrote:I see a business opportunity here, for one of those posh hotels that do Spa/pampering weekends to include bike fitting as a "treatment".
But realistically, I think you should buy her a new saddle, and yourself a full set of body armour and helmet.


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Re: Present for girlfriend

Postby Cyril Haearn » 25 Aug 2020, 3:02pm

Fortunately your budgeting does not stretch to an €-bike :wink:
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