Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Northern VT
Bikes: recumbent & upright
Late last summer my partner says she wants a road bike [she has a very nice touring bike and a great mountain bike]. I try not to be a hypocrite & always happy to go bike shopping - we went the local shop. She looks at and test rides several road bikes - some regular and some WSD. One maker's WSD and regular bike of the same model line stood aside one another both small size [my partner is un-tall], the WSD with a splash of pink color and a slightly different seat. I was eyeing them over and could not discern any differences between the frame sizes or geometry. Had brought a roll up tape measure, got it out to measure them. The LBS owner [nice guy whom I know fairly well] says "don't bother, they are the same". Seems he had measured them also, he also said he had contacted the bike maker about them similar dimensions and didn't get an answer.
She kept looking at bikes, there was a GT WSD model with what appeared to be a different geometry and components [than regular model]. Her body position with respect to the pedals was optimal, seat/handle bar height was just about perfect- plus she was comfortable with the handle bar, brake levers and shifters. A great fit.
She got the bike, has been very happy with it and rode it well into the fall.
The point to this rambling - not sure if it matters if the label says WSD or not- it is the fit that counts. Some WSD may actually be focused at the body geometry of female riders- some are not. It is the fit that counts.