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    I'm in between bike sizes

    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?

    Thanks much!

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    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.

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    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)

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    Only the 42 will fit you based on your inseam.

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    The standover for a 42cm is listed at 28". So even that will be very close. Looks to me like it should be more with that sloping top tube, but that's the spec.

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    Thank you all! Just ordered it and I'm gonna get it properly fitted at my local bike shop You've been big helps.

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