A friend of mine is looking to buy her first bike to train for and then ride a 25 mile charity ride. I've given her advice on different styles - road, flat bar, mtn etc.. But I don't have a clue about the difference between a male and a female bike. Bikes advertise a "geometry for females". What does that mean?
Also, she's a tall gal at about 6'1". Thin as a rail, but I'm wondering if she'll have problems getting a bike to fit her. I've recommended the local REI - they seem to have a wide selection and I've made a few good purchases there - plus they have a 20% sale until April 18th. Does anyone knows of a good flat bar bike that would fit her around or under $1000?