Choosing a ladies’ bike

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    • #135287

      hairy male staff

      HA HA!! Yeah, bike dudes tend to scrape their knuckles on the ground. Way more women are needed in shops!

      I see the bike you’re considering is 38 lbs. Not exactly a hill climber. Perhaps your area is flatish?

      I’ve ridden in England a few times when visiting my brother-in-law in Yorkshire. We rode up to Holme Moss from Holmfirth along the same road the Tour de France followed in 2014. That climb was as brutal as Caesars Head from Pumpkintown in South Carolina!!

      As long as the bike fit you, that’s all that really matters!



    • #135218

      Hi Rebecca,  I’m with Evelyn on this reply.  I used to build frames and work in the shops.  We never talked down to women customers or coworkers and many of them were serious riders and racers and worked along with us.  If anyone disses you, then you are in the wrong shop.  While I don’t ride anymore this is what I’ve observed.  The women that I see riding to work in my area (not many) all wear leggings, shorts or pants and then add a skirt if necessary later. I see that you are in the UK so there are more riders there.   Women riders are all realistic and know that certain clothing gets in the way so they dress and bike accordingly.  The bike that you selected will work with longer skirts and definitely will fit in across the pond for daily use.  I hope that helps you.  Safe Journey,  Marg

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    • #135179

      … and the seats are ajustable… for leg length.

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      • #135181

        To an extent. If the frame is too big, it can be a problem just stopping and standing over the frame. If it is too small, there are limits to how far the seat can be raised.

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        • #135183

          Yes of course… but you can quickly move forward and stand on a women’s bike… it’s like riding a bike as they say…

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          • #135184

            🙂 Thanks! That truly brought a smile to my face. I had totally forgot the initial point of the topic.

            On a serious note, most of the other women cyclists I know ride traditional diamond frames. They might be Women Specific Designs, which affects the geometry of the frame in terms of top tube, seat tube, down tube lengths and angles, but still a top tube all the way up to the top of the seat tube.

            In checking, it seems that design has been shifting a bit of late. I saw more WSD bikes that did have a bit of a drop in top tube height at the seat tube.

            Sorry, letting my bike nerd show. 🙂

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          • #135198

            The reason for step-through designs is to allow riders to wear dresses or skirts, which is extremely awkward with the men’s design.

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          • #135197

            Thanks Evelyn

            I’m out of the loop of course. I switched to motorcycles years ago. The info I don’t have is the tire size. This may influence all of this as well.

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    • #135175
      Michelle Lawson

      OMG, I haven’t ridden a bike in centuries. I’d probably fall over and hurt myself. But I do see women’s and men’s bikes in the stores all the time. I agree that all of the major brands would carry them. Just find one that suits your style and pocket book, and off you go.

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    • #135172

      Just a few thoughts…

      Women’s bikes aren’t smaller than men’s bikes, the proportions are different, as women tend to have longer legs relative to height, so the distance from seat to handlebars is shorter for a given size of bike. As for bike size, that’s usually determined by your inseam, so just get the bike that fits that and adjust from there.

      When shopping, I wouldn’t worry about the “hairy male staff”. Serious road bikers might not be too hairy. 🙂 And on a serious note, there seem to be a fair number of knowledgeable women working in the industry (at least here in the Twin Cities). And enough clueless men that you really have to find staff you feel you can trust and work with. And beyond the sales floor, a couple of the best mechanics I know are women.

      Best wishes on getting a new bike and enjoying the rides.

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    • #135171

      Hi Rebecca,
      All the leading brands make bikes just like that, so you shouldn’t have any problem finding one. For what you say your needs are, I don’t think you need to spend a lot. Most women’s bikes come in more attractive colours as well, so get the one that has the prettiest colour. Have fun 🙂


      Ms. Lauren M

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