Singlespeed & Fixed Gear - Finding a bike for my girlfriend?
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Would you guys be able to help me find a bike for her? She is 5'2" with a 29" inseam and around 34" at the hip. We are looking to spend under 800 for a complete bike. What would you guys suggest?
03-27-09, 08:33 PM
IRO Heidi. Best value for small riders.
03-27-09, 08:34 PM
+1 and its in the budget
I like it and so does she which is more important. Thanks for all the help.
03-28-09, 02:05 PM
You will need to get her sized, but I would say she needs around a 50cm bike. First off, don't get her a fixed gear. A single speed COULD be good, depending on what the terrain is like where you live.
Here in Austin, it is pretty hilly, and I actually just bought my girlfriend a bike for X-mas (Dawes Lightning Sport (was within my budget)) and I know she wouldn't be riding it as much as she does if she wasn't able to switch gears and make it easier. Just a thought.
wait, what's wrong with a fixed gear? i hope you don't mean it's because she's a girl... my gf converted her ss to fixed a little under two years ago and has ridden fixed pretty much every single day since.
she has no issues climbing hills in our area (http://www.jumpcut.com/view/?id=83D32CF219B011DCBFC2000423CF0184) (manayunk if you're familiar with philadelphia) at first riding 44x15, and eventually 48x16.
she's only been riding since in philly since 2007.
03-28-09, 03:56 PM
Of course it has nothing to do with the fact that she's a girl. Plenty of girls ride fixed, even in hilly areas. I meant that it would be bad idea to get a beginner cyclist a fixed gear. I assumed from his post that she was a beginner (now that i have re-read the post, maybe that was not an accurate assumption) but I do think that it is tough for a beginner cyclist to start with a fixie, especially when there are hills.
didn't fugi make a jr track bike a couple of years ago? my girlfriend is 5'4" and rides a 48 and its a little big for her. maybe you should get her fit for a frame. just because a frame is the right size technically doesnt mean it will fit. riding a bike that's too small can be uncomfortable but riding a bike way to big can be downright scary for someone not used to riding. i can tell you my girlfriend is 2" taller and there is no way in hell she could ride a 50
I would suggest bidding on this 45cm frame. Unless you have an ex named Missy:
It's a relist and the highest bid was $560.
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