First of all, thank you in advance for any input regarding this subject. Now the story:
I am buying 2 bikes for myself and my girlfriend. It is her first "real" bicycle. I decided to get her Bianchi Camaleonte Due, but local Bianchi dealer suggested to adjust Fore-aft position to compensate for the reach, and that's when I knew that I need to look for another place
Dealer next to my house carries Cannondale, and i really liked Quick 4 (seems like a good choice for a beginner, and a frame nice enough to upgrade components later if she gets into biking)
Bought the bike 2 days ago, and decided to really dial it in for her (fore-aft, perfect seat height, etc. ). She is 5'3.5, and local shop recommended men's Quck 4 in medium (according to him Cannondale sizes run a bit small).
After adjusting seat height at home , I tried adjusting fore-aft position, but even after moving he seat all the way back, she still needed to move an inch back to achieve proper Knee over pedal position.
This seems like a typical problem with female buying a male bike. Reach is long enough, seat position is off or seat position is good, and reach is too long.
I went back to the store next day asking the owner to install seat post with a little offset, to achieve proper knee over pedal position.
The guy (who actually seemed pretty nice and knowledgeable) told me that I am trying to be a perfectionist, and I need to let her enjoy the bike the way it is now. According to him proper knee position only matters that much in road biking world.
I think he is full of crap, because if she decides to get clipless shoes later, she will be screwed.
I know a theory of proper bike fitting, but do not posses a lot of experience, so I do not know for sure if I am right or not.
Please let me know if I am being too picky, or my girlfriend deserves a ride that fits her.
The owner asked her to ride a bike few times around the parking lot, and said it looked like a right fit.
Thank you for any input you could provide.