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    24" Ladies Cruiser Recommendations?

    My girlfriend has fallen in love with my new Electra Cruiser and wants to get one for herself. The problem is she is short (5'0) and finds a 26" bike to be uncomfortable. She tried out an Electra 24" 7D and liked it but it only comes in seafoam green. We went through a few catalogs and came up empty on something comparable in price and quality. Any recommendations for something in this size?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacksapphire08 View Post
    My girlfriend has fallen in love with my new Electra Cruiser and wants to get one for herself. The problem is she is short (5'0) and finds a 26" bike to be uncomfortable. She tried out an Electra 24" 7D and liked it but it only comes in seafoam green. We went through a few catalogs and came up empty on something comparable in price and quality. Any recommendations for something in this size?
    Sad to say 24" bikes that are the high quality of the Electra line are very hard to find. Very hard indeed. MY suggestion is either to buy the bike she tried and learn to love the color or repaint that bike to a color of her choice.
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    Check out kids bikes? I'm just a few inches taller than her (5'3") and have ridden big kids bikes in the past.

    In fact, I rode a 24 inch girls mountain bike thing in college for a while.
    Just one of those dirty pinko commies some people worry about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katsrevenge View Post
    Check out kids bikes? I'm just a few inches taller than her (5'3") and have ridden big kids bikes in the past.

    In fact, I rode a 24 inch girls mountain bike thing in college for a while.
    At least with Electra the next size down is 20" and its single speed only. If you of any other brands with 24" bikes or anything that fits short people of comparable quality id be interested. Like Nightshade said im having a hard time finding anything thats not a mountain bike.

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    Sorry, not familiar with many brands.
    If you are looking to spend a bit of money, maybe get something custom made? Or, learn to like seafoam green.
    Just one of those dirty pinko commies some people worry about.

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    micargi royal?

    truthfully, I've never seen one "in person", but it has a similar seating position (I'm assuming your electra is foot forward) and 24" wheels. I think though, that the tires are oversized so it might still be like a 26" bike. I guess you'd have to actually find one to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philphine View Post
    micargi royal?

    truthfully, I've never seen one "in person", but it has a similar seating position (I'm assuming your electra is foot forward) and 24" wheels. I think though, that the tires are oversized so it might still be like a 26" bike. I guess you'd have to actually find one to see.
    Thanks ill see if i can find one.

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    Electra used to have several bikes in the 24" wheel size, apparently they have been discontinued?

    I just purchased a Schwinn Cruiser from WM for my wife, who is 5' and a wee bit. It is similar to this one, IIRC I paid around $110 for it, I am going to be updating the hub to a 3 speed coaster brake, as well as going through things with a fine tooth comb to make sure they are adjusted properly and greased. If I find any parts that are too flimsy they will get replaced too. Comes out cheaper than buying an Electra, but I already have most of the parts on hand. Another possibility is to look for a vintage Schwinn to upgrade, they are scarce around here, but pop up in some areas with great regularity.


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    Hi,

    I had the same issue. I tried the 24" and only came in a vanilla color. And the bigger electras were too big for me. What is it that she likes about the Electra? I tried the bigger electras but were too big. Next week I am going to try a Trek Shift and a Specialized Expedition. Those come in 26" wheels only but in several frame sizes and, at least according to the Specialized website, a relaxed enough position to be able to put the foot down from the saddle, without losing the optimal leg extension while pedaling. And the price is about the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacksapphire08 View Post
    My girlfriend has fallen in love with my new Electra Cruiser and wants to get one for herself. The problem is she is short (5'0) and finds a 26" bike to be uncomfortable. She tried out an Electra 24" 7D and liked it but it only comes in seafoam green. We went through a few catalogs and came up empty on something comparable in price and quality. Any recommendations for something in this size?
    The Electra Townie 24" 7D is available in Vanilla White...
    I know next to nothing. I am frequently wrong.

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    See if you can find a Giant Vida. We have one and it has very low standover and pedal forward setup

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    Thanks for all the recommendations guys. She ended up going with a Jamis Hudson Sport which is comfy and lightweight. I actually wish my cruiser was that light.

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    Firmstrong beach cruisers

    Hello,
    Checkout Chubbyscruisers.com
    They carry Firmstrong cruisers in 24 inch. They come in a variety of colors and are good quality.
    You have to assemble the handlebar and stem to the headset, the saddle to the seattube into the seatpost,
    each pedal on the correct crankarm and the reflectors. Should take you 30 mins.

    Good Luck,
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