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Old 08-19-08, 10:43 PM   #1
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A tall woman...

My wife has finally succumbed to the lure of two wheels, given four-buck gas. Here's the problem...
She's six-one, and never liked riding because her bum hurt.
I ride a six-year-old Trek bike built for a police department, and I haven't kept up with the technology. The lingo just confuses me now. Too many tech terms. Here's the deal...
We want to get a first bike, without dropping five or six hundred dollars and then finding out she hates it. So we're looking for a good starter bike, for road and recreational riding, and occasional gentle trails. First of all, how tall. Does she need a woman's bike? Who builds decent bikes, not a bike built by 12-year-olds halfway around the world, and how to find one for two or three hundred dollars.
A few recommendations please? and what questions should I ask at an LBS so that they don't over-sell me. This is a lot. Anyone got any good ideas?
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Old 08-20-08, 05:41 AM   #2
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Re: A tall woman

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My wife has finally succumbed to the lure of two wheels, given four-buck gas. Here's the problem...
She's six-one, and never liked riding because her bum hurt.
I ride a six-year-old Trek bike built for a police department, and I haven't kept up with the technology. The lingo just confuses me now. Too many tech terms. Here's the deal...
We want to get a first bike, without dropping five or six hundred dollars and then finding out she hates it. So we're looking for a good starter bike, for road and recreational riding, and occasional gentle trails. First of all, how tall. Does she need a woman's bike? Who builds decent bikes, not a bike built by 12-year-olds halfway around the world, and how to find one for two or three hundred dollars.
A few recommendations please? and what questions should I ask at an LBS so that they don't over-sell me. This is a lot. Anyone got any good ideas?
First thing you will have going for you is that there is a much larger selection of 'affordable' bikes for a Lady of that size than there would be if she were a foot shorter.

I would suggest checking with a charity (here is my favorite one:- http://www.texasbikesfortykes.org/ )

The people who mechanic on these bikes are older, long time bike riders, who are trying to give something back to the community. There are usually several bikes to choose from and the mechanics have a variety of seats you can experiment with.

Since this is a charity, you cannot 'buy' the bike. It will be given to you and, if you feel that you want to make a donation, well, that will help the charity continue with it's mission.

Hope this helps you.
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Old 08-20-08, 09:26 PM   #3
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First of all, what do you mean by a "woman's bike"? If you mean the traditional step-through frame with a fairly low top bar, they were good for women in skirts but I would generally not recommend those types of bikes. Fortunately, they are not too frequent.

The other type of "woman's bike" is most often labelled WSD or Woman's Specific Design. Typically, it means small size, narrower handlebars,shorter stem, shorter cranks (sometimes) a woman's seat and some girly colour. At 6' 1", she needs a tall bike and standard cranks, so the only aftermarket item she needs is a good saddle that fits her anatomy. Apart from that, she will probably fit one of the taller bike sizes, and if she is all legs, she may be better with a short stem.
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For a seat, Velo makes a good seat. It's got the La-z-boy brand name on it as well. It's gel with springs on it, and is very, very comfortable. I needed to get one because of my back. I let my wife try it, and then I had to by her one as well. And they only run about 15 bucks. You can probably find them at your chain sporting goods store. I bought mine at Dunhams.
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