I have been watching eBay, Craigslist, and local classifieds for a quality bike for my wife. When I bought my Diamondback Mountain Bike, I spent close to $300 for it. But I knew I would ride it. But my wife, I am not sure that she will like bike riding. I am not sure that she can do it without hurting herself. She tends to be injury prone. I took her rollerskating once, and she didn’t make it twice around the rink without falling down, and injuring her knee to where she couldn’t continue. And then I am not sure that she will actually want to go bike riding much. So I didn’t want to invest a huge amount of money into a bicycle that will sit gathering dust. But I didn’t want to buy a piece of junk either. I figured that if I bought a quality used bike, and that if she didn like it, I could turn around and sell it for around what I bought it for.
So anyway, I found a Women’s 1999 Specialized Hardrock Mountain Bike with a 15 inch frame listed on eBay. It looked like it was in great shape from the pictures. I won the auction, and got the bike for $102.50. From my research this seems a reasonable price for the bike. This was the perfect size for my wife. And I know that Specialized is a good brand. It doesn’t have a front suspension like my bike, but I don’t see my wife riding much off road. I think she will be more into taking nice easy rides along the canal path. The bike is local so I don’t have to pay shipping. I just need to go pick it up. I hope my wife will get into bike riding.