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Flat handle bars

pottsstevepottssteve Posts: 4,069
edited January 2012 in Road buying advice
Hello All!

I'm looking for some advice regarding flat handle bar road bikes for women. My wife wants to do more cycling and her heavy city bike doesn't cut it outside the towns.

She doesn't cycle a lot and comfort is important, so maybe a more upright riding position. She'll need 27 gears, ideally, and maybe mudguard and pannier mounts.

Could anyone recommend makes/models that I could be looking at, please?

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  • maddog 2maddog 2 Posts: 8,114
    check out the Boardman hybrids and Specialized Sirrus/Vita range. Lots of the big manufacturers produce something along these lines so just get on the web and see what's there :D
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  • apreadingapreading Posts: 4,535
    The Sirrus is a more relaxed riding position, from the sounds of it might be better for her. Its a really nice bike, but absolutely shocking componentry for the money.

    The Boardmans are much more racey and closer to a road bike with flat bars and fantastic quality for the money - very hard, if not impossible to match. The 'Team' one with Carbon forks helps smooth out some of the bumps as do the 28 tyres - and you can put 32s on if you want. Plenty of clearance for mudguards and/or rack too.
  • The Sirrus is a good allround commuter, with very few things wrong about it.
    Women beginners normally don't get on with too many gears, in which case I suggest something with Shimano Nexus... only MTBikers really need 27 gears
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  • Giant Rapid could be a good option. Essentially a Defy frame with flat handle bars.

    The women's geometry version is called the Dash and looks equivalent to the Women's Avail dropbar version.
  • pottsstevepottssteve Posts: 4,069
    Thank you for the replies - I will look at the models you suggest.

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