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A GUIDE TO LADIES CITY & HYBRID BIKES

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A GUIDE TO LADIES CITY & HYBRID BIKES

 

INTRODUCTION
Being a bike shop in Oxford, the commuter market is one that we are well versed in, and we stock alot of bikes suitable for all types of riding - be it commuting, city, leisure, fitness - and budget. Hopefully this guide will explain the model and brand differences, features and benefits, and help you in your choice as to the right bike for you.


 

TYPES OF BIKE AND USE
City and hybrid bikes cover a multitude of bikes and uses. For commuting and city use, just about all of these bikes are suitable, although some will be more suitable on the road than others, while some will be better for use along canal paths and bridleways.

If you are looking for faster performance the Specialized Vita range, the Trek 7.5 or the Whyte bikes will be more suitable, if you are planning some off road ride riding then models with suspension forks are advisable, such as the Specialized Ariel models.


 

SUSPENSION FORK OR RIGID FORK?
Suspension forks offer a smoother ride, absorbing the bumps from the road or path, and give the bike more versatility, being able to cope better with any off road riding. Some forks come with a lockout feature, this is a lever on the top of the forks that allows you to lock the fork out so it behaves more like a rigid fork rather than compressing under pressure.

There are negatives to suspension forks, such as expense: the cost of a suspension fork on a bike is greater than a rigid fork, there is added weight over a rigid fork. If something goes wrong then there is extra maintenance costs, but the forks fitted on the hybrids are normally very reliable.

One of the key issues is whether you actually need a suspension fork. If you are riding solely on the road then suspension forks are not really necessary, if you are planning on some off road riding then they become a useful option.

 

RIDGEBACK'S: GREAT FOR COMMUTING AND CITY RIDING

Prices start at £299.99 with the Ridgeback Motion Ladies which features Shimano components with 7 speed shifting for 21 gears. The Motion is both comfortable and reliable. The same design is used for the best selling Speed Ladies at £349.99 (pictured above) which is comes equipped with mudguards and a rack for the extra money.

At £399.99 the Meteor Ladies, features upgraded components, moving to 8 speed shifting for 24 gears whilst still being equipped with mudguards and a rack.

These bikes are great for getting around the city as they offer a comfortable and reliable ride.

 

TREK FX MODELS: DESIGNED FOR TOWN AND PATH

Prices start at £330.00 for the 7.0 FX Womens, which has 7 speed shifters and a triple chainset for a total of 21 gears. We do not stock the next model in the Trek FX range, the 7.1 (but we can order it in) as there are few upgrades over the 7.0, instead we move onto the 7.2 FX Womens which uses 8 speed shifting and retails for £430.00.

We then stock the 7.4 FX Womens which upgrades to a carbon fork and 9 speed shifting for a very nice bike. On the Trek FX Ladies bikes there is a choice between getting a traditional ladies step through frame for easy on/off, or a WSD (Womens Specific Design) frame which uses a conventional frame with geometry designed for the female rider.

These are great bikes for leisure riding or longer commutes; blending performance with comfort.

 

SPECIALIZED ARIEL'S: HYBRIDS FOR ON AND OFF ROAD RIDING
 

Equipped with a suspension fork, the Ariel models make for very versatile hybrids capable off and on road with fast rolling 700c wheels (as used on a road bike) with chunkier tyres for off road traction and ride comfort.

The entry level Ariel retails for £425.00 and features 8 speed shifting for 24 gears, the Ariel Sport Disc retails for £550.00 and is equipped with a lockout suspension fork and hydraulic disc brakes. The Ariel Elite Disc (£700) is a high performance hybrid with 9 speed shifting, lockout fork and hydraulic disc brakes.

The Ariel models are a great option for someone looking for a versatile bike that can be used on and off road.

 

SPECIALIZED VITA RANGE: FAST & COMFORTABLE

The Vita range is designed to blend speed with comfort making them suitable for commuting or leisure riding. Prices begin at £425.00 for the Vita which is available in a standard frame or womens step through frame.

The Vita Sport (£500, pictured above) upgrades to 9 speed shifting, with the Vita Sport Disc (£600) upgrading to hydraulic disc brakes for powerful braking that reduces the need for maintenance as pad and rim wear is reduced. The Vita Elite Disc (£850) features a carbon fork. The Vita Elite Carbon (£1200) goes one better, with a complete carbon frame.

The Vita’s are ideal for someone looking for a fast and comfortable commuter bike, or for leisure and general use.

 

WHYTE WOMENS FLAT BAR BIKES 

The Whyte women bikes are well designed and lightweight, with the Victoria (£699) coming equipped with hydraulic disc brakes and 9 speed shifting.

The Pimlico (£850) features a carbon fork for a smooth ride and upgrades to 10 speed shifting with a double chainset for a more performance orientated ride.

These bikes offer a stylish and lightweight ride and are great for weekend leisure rides and longer commutes.

 

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