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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 03-27-09, 07:32 PM   #1
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Finding a bike for my girlfriend?

Would you guys be able to help me find a bike for her? She is 5'2" with a 29" inseam and around 34" at the hip. We are looking to spend under 800 for a complete bike. What would you guys suggest?
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Old 03-27-09, 07:33 PM   #2
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IRO Heidi. Best value for small riders.
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Old 03-27-09, 07:34 PM   #3
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+1 and its in the budget
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I like it and so does she which is more important. Thanks for all the help.
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You will need to get her sized, but I would say she needs around a 50cm bike. First off, don't get her a fixed gear. A single speed COULD be good, depending on what the terrain is like where you live.

Here in Austin, it is pretty hilly, and I actually just bought my girlfriend a bike for X-mas (Dawes Lightning Sport (was within my budget)) and I know she wouldn't be riding it as much as she does if she wasn't able to switch gears and make it easier. Just a thought.
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Old 03-28-09, 02:34 PM   #6
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wait, what's wrong with a fixed gear? i hope you don't mean it's because she's a girl... my gf converted her ss to fixed a little under two years ago and has ridden fixed pretty much every single day since.
she has no issues climbing hills in our area (manayunk if you're familiar with philadelphia) at first riding 44x15, and eventually 48x16.

she's only been riding since in philly since 2007.

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Old 03-28-09, 02:56 PM   #7
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Of course it has nothing to do with the fact that she's a girl. Plenty of girls ride fixed, even in hilly areas. I meant that it would be bad idea to get a beginner cyclist a fixed gear. I assumed from his post that she was a beginner (now that i have re-read the post, maybe that was not an accurate assumption) but I do think that it is tough for a beginner cyclist to start with a fixie, especially when there are hills.
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Old 03-29-09, 11:44 AM   #8
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didn't fugi make a jr track bike a couple of years ago? my girlfriend is 5'4" and rides a 48 and its a little big for her. maybe you should get her fit for a frame. just because a frame is the right size technically doesnt mean it will fit. riding a bike that's too small can be uncomfortable but riding a bike way to big can be downright scary for someone not used to riding. i can tell you my girlfriend is 2" taller and there is no way in hell she could ride a 50
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I would suggest bidding on this 45cm frame. Unless you have an ex named Missy:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Custom-PISTA-Tra
It's a relist and the highest bid was $560.
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that is insanely small.
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