Hi all, I'm new and I'm just here to ask a quick little question (Yahoo answers is not that helpful haha)
I'm shopping for my first road bike, and I'm "set" on the Dawes Sheila from BikesDirect. I really like that it has the brakes on the flat part of the handlebars. (I know it's from online which isn't recommended, but I'm just riding around a college campus and I have seen many Dawes bikes on the many bike racks here and they seem fine)
I'm a 5'1" female with a 28.5" inseam and all charts have put me between a 47-49cm frame. The Dawes Sheila has 46cm and 50cm. Should I go big or small?
You need the smallest size they have. It is the only one you can stand over.
BTW, the big issue with buying online is that the assembly and set-up is up to you. This is cool if you have experience but otherwise you really need somebody with some experience in bike mechanics, either an experienced rider or a real bike shop, to look it over, make any necessary adjustments and make sure it is ready to ride.
The smallest size they have is 42cm. The site itself does recommend that one for people 4'10" - 5'2"
But I didn't put any thought into it simply because it seemed too small.
You think this would be good? I just don't want a bike that's too compact.
And I have many friends who are extremely bike handy and have joined the cycling club (I bike ride everywhere on my old mountain bike, and have decided to go for a road bike because riding in traffic with that heavy overly road-gripped monster was getting stressful... I still love that bike, though haha)