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Old 11-21-08, 09:04 PM   #1
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question for you 5' ladies of foo...

what size frame do you ride? what is your inseam? My wife is finally considering a bike..but we need a refernce to start with..
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Old 11-21-08, 09:33 PM   #2
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The frame I gave East Hill has a 19 inch standover height.
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sorry to butt in, may sound funny but I am a hair under 5'8" and I ride tiny frames cause I have short legs (Insert gorilla noises here).

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a. there are woman specific bikes by the boatloads out there now. They'll typically have shorter top tubes and whatnot....how great they are, I'll let the ladies chime in, cause idk. My wife tried them all and went with a men's 49cm

b. a compact frame (sloping top tube) will let you pick a slightly larger frame/longer top tube if that is what she needs.

bottom line - she should measure her inseam and compare that to standover heights - I'd rec. millimeters for accuracy. And then go try some bikes in a shop.
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Old 11-21-08, 09:51 PM   #4
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You might want to check out the Trek WSD line and Specialized Cirrus. I believe Cannondale also has women's-specific sizing available.
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Old 11-21-08, 09:57 PM   #5
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If she's looking for something in a singlespeed, IRO made a bike specifically for ladies of short stature at one point, but I don't see it on their site now. Fuji made a 43cm Track SE previously, but now it's called the Track 650 (it uses the smaller 650c wheel size instead of 700c), and is unfortunately listed in the kids section.

As for specific sizing, I can't be much help there. Over a foot too tall, and wrong gender.
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Old 11-21-08, 10:05 PM   #7
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We rock the advice. I'm 6' so have nothing to add, except that it looks like I stole the tall genes from my brother pgoat.
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If she's looking for something in a singlespeed, IRO made a bike specifically for ladies of short stature at one point, but I don't see it on their site now. Fuji made a 43cm Track SE previously, but now it's called the Track 650 (it uses the smaller 650c wheel size instead of 700c), and is unfortunately listed in the kids section.

As for specific sizing, I can't be much help there. Over a foot too tall, and wrong gender.
We still have it and it's for vertically challenged men And Women.....Red, blue and black....size 46 Mark V
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cool..thanks for the input! Time to go to the shops tomorrow!
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We still have it and it's for vertically challenged men And Women.....Red, blue and black....size 46 Mark V
Ah, thanks. I had only looked in the "complete bikes" section. I see it now in the bike builder and as a bare frame.
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And don't forget the special WSD saddle with the bigger cut-out. Which BTW,I don't get why they need a bigger cut-out... sounds counter-intuitive to me but that's the way it is.
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You might want to check out the Trek WSD line and Specialized Cirrus. I believe Cannondale also has women's-specific sizing available.
Yep - my wife tried the woman's Cdales and wound going with a mens R1000, using a short (80mm) stem. She just didn't like the feel of the ladies's models for whatever reason.

That bike has a very slight sloping TT...her inseam is probably between 29 and 30". She's 5'4"
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ask AnthonyG, he's quite experienced with smaller riders and frame/parts sizes
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Old 11-22-08, 06:46 AM   #15
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As the token female of the requisite height, I have discovered that a 48cm (or 19 inch) standover is good for me.

I do ride mostly vintage steel bikes, so there are no sloping toptubes. I have one (the Richard Sachs gifted to me by AllenG) with 24" wheels, two with 650b wheels, and two with the Terry design of a 24" front wheel combined with a 700cc wheel on the rear. I also have several bikes with either 27" wheels or 700cc wheels.

You might have her check out Terry Bikes in particular.



The Sachs, compared to a whoppin' big chrome Paramount.



My Centurion Dave Scott Ironman Expert contrasted with my husband's Schwinn LeTour. The Centurion is a 'Terry' style bike.

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Old 11-22-08, 07:01 AM   #16
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Neat bikes, East Hill.

I didn't know Centurion made them with the 24" front. Do you know whether that was supposed to be sized for women like the Terry, or just for aero, Tris TTs?
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I believe the idea was for short women/men to be able to ride triathlons. By the way, I also have a Nishiki Prestige which was made in the same style.

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Old 11-22-08, 09:32 PM   #18
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Don't confuse frame size (seat tube length, more or less) with standover height. A 48cm (19") road bike might have about a 27" or 28" standover.

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Thanks for the vote of confidence.

At 5' honestly the best place to start looking for an entry level bike is to look at juvenile bikes. Seriously. something with 24" wheels is where to start. If you want a high performance bike then your out of luck unless you go custom in my book. A bit harsh I know but I'm not happy with the bikes the manufactuers foist on small riders. They are just bikes suited to taller riders with as few tweaks as possible to get shorter riders on them.

What kind of bike are you looking at for your wife.

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I am also 5' and ride bikes
I have a 28" inseam, and went with a size 43 frame (trek's WSD). I saw a few answers above in the neighborhood of 48. This is a huge difference for a 5' person... is your wife able to come with and test ride a few bikes?
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I am also 5' and ride bikes
I have a 28" inseam, and went with a size 43 frame (trek's WSD). I saw a few answers above in the neighborhood of 48. This is a huge difference for a 5' person... is your wife able to come with and test ride a few bikes?

I should have emphasised that all my bikes are vintage, and they do have a different geometry. The only modern bike I owned was a Specialised Dolce Elite, and I had that in a 44cm.

I will say that I tested the Trek WSD versions, and did not feel at all comfortable on them, so getting a test ride on several makes and models is an excellent idea.

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