I am looking to get a new road bike for my wife. Should we limit the search to women-specific models? She is 5' 9" and most women's bikes (at least the few we've found in LBSs around here - selection is nowhere near that of men's) tend to be 50cm or smaller.
She is currently riding a '78 Schwinn Le Tour III that is far from light with steel rims. It is a women's bike and is a 57cm (based on distance from center of BB to where a level TT would intersect the ST) and seems to fit her well.
What are most ladies here riding? Women's models or men's? And suggestions on models in the $500 - $750 range would be great. Thanks.