Originally Posted by APER, Man!
I am trying to find a women's road/hybrid bike for my girlfriend. She's very petite, only 5 feet tall. We've tried a few bikes, and even with the seat all the way down, they're just slightly too large. Any suggestions would be nice.
Welcome to the search for the Holy Grail of Petite Women's Bicycles...you poor bastard
I've been fighting this battle for 30+ years now and still haven't got it all figured out.
The first, and cheapest place to look, is Trek WSD, Specialized Women's bikes, Cannondale Femme or many other major manufacturers. You'll have to hunt around for the very little ones. They don't make many, the shops don't carry many and they are hard to find...you poor bastard
Be prepared to go through a lot of iterations because none of them are going to be 'just right'. Most of them are going to be either cheap and heavy or light and expensive. Once you've gone through about 10 different bikes (starting at $500 and going up to $2000), you'll realize...you poor bastard
...that you should have just dropped the coin on a Terry
and saved yourself about $10,000.
Honestly, my wife got a Terry Symmetry last year
and says that she's never had a bike that she likes to ride until this one. It's very light (23 lb) The front wheel takes some getting used to but at least she's having fun riding instead of having to endure it.
I don't usually recommend used but in this case, I'll make an exception. If you can find a used one, jump all over it! The Terry site
even has a page for selling or buying a used Terry. Or you can search Craigslist for one. They pop up from time to time.
Learn from my experience or try to reinvent the wheel...your choice...you poor bastard