I am 4'10.5". Last winter I bought a Downtube folder for my sister's use when she was visiting. I found the bike convenient but the ride a bit harsh and the handlebars did not go down low enough as the handlebar post is too long. I am not used to such an extreme upright position. I ended up giving the Downtube to my sister as she loved it. But I would like to have a folder around. I travel a lot and I could take it with me on train trips. I also could easily throw it in my car. I thought about getting the suspension model of the Downtube but am concerned about fit.
My concern is finding a folder with handlebars that go low enough. Plus, the reach shouldn't be too far. I am concerned that many of the one size fits all bikes really have too long a reach.
Here I am on the Downtube, so you can get an idea of the fit. The handlebars are as low as they can go:
Any alternative suggestions? Is it possible to get shorter handlebar posts for a Downtube or Dahon? Or a different style of handlebar? Or am I stuck spending a lot of money for a Bike Friday? I would rather not spend big bucks for a casual ride.
(I love how most folders are advertised as fitting someone as short as 4'8". Yup, if you don't mind your arms way up in the air and stretched out.)