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    Worth a Shot...

    Hey everyone, I know there are various "for trade" threads floating around but I have two issues with them...

    #1 I am not really looking to do any shipping
    #2 I am combining two different forums with my request

    ...allow me to explain.

    I currently am trying to get my girlfriend into road riding with me and she is really enjoying it, up to a degree. The limiting factor right now is she is on my mountain bike, which actually fits her well, but obviously with a suspension fork, flat bars, large tires, heavy weight, etc it puts her at a major disadvantage.

    The mountain bike is a 2005 Kona Shred, which brand new was about an $800 bike. I bought it before I was into cycling and quickly realized I was not into mountain biking. It got used sparcely for 2 months and then I bought my road bike and haven't ridden it since. I would say between her and I it has MAYBE 250 miles on it and about 25 of those are dirt.

    To stop rambling and get to the point I would love to swap for a road bike. I am not picky about brand, color, etc. The only thing I ask is that it be complete, have "brifters" (campy or shimano is not a concern to me but I don't want her to have to deal with downtube shifters right now as she still isn't entirely comfy on the bike), be in good shape, and be either a 56cm, 57cm, or 58cm.

    I will drive to wherever in So. Cal so you will not be out any gas money or otherwise. I can take any pictures that are needed/wanted.

    Figured this might be a good way for someone who has a roadie collecting dust now that they have upgraded from their first bike to get something else.

    Hopefully this post won't ruffle any mod feathers as I am not looking to sell or make a profit.

    Thanks in advance.
    ~Mike

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    How tall is your girlfriend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by voltman
    How tall is your girlfriend?
    Just shy of 6'1" barefoot. She is definatly not a short one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaye
    Just shy of 6'1" barefoot. She is definatly not a short one.
    Hi,

    She is almost definitely going to need something like a 58 (or larger?) if she has the typical (vs male) longer legs vs torso. If she has a very short torso she may need something like a 56 just to get a reasonable top tube length but then she's going to have a mile of seatpost and potential issues with seat to handlebar drop.

    Hopefully my58vw will chime in on proper bike sizing for your girlfriend as she is also a tall woman.

    BTW, I can't help you on the bike front as I am 5' 7" (when I stand up straight).
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    Quote Originally Posted by voltman
    How tall is your girlfriend?

    And what's her inseam (real measurement, not label on pants).

    I'm 5'9" and ride a 56 with the seatpost at max extension. I once had a housemate who was 6' tall and when I tried to ride his bike (that was properly set up) I felt like a shriner at a parade.
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    And think about going down to the San Diego Velodrome swap meet...
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    Just take a metric tape measure and know what you're looking for. Get her true inseam, top tube length can be adjusted with the stem, but seat tube determines bar drop, remember, fistful of post.

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    I was concerned with top tube length because she does definatly have longer legs than she does torso. I will measure her inseam tonight and post again, I may be off on the size she needs. If I am once I post measurements then I am certainly open to other sizes as well.

    Thanks guys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markw
    Get her true inseam
    He should enjoy doing this If she doesn't know any better, tell her that clothes disrupt an accurate measurement!

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    If you can't find a trade, you should consider putting slicks on it instead of the standard mountain bike tires. It makes a pretty significant distance.

    Cheers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cjbruin
    If you can't find a trade, you should consider putting slicks on it instead of the standard mountain bike tires. It makes a pretty significant distance.

    Cheers.
    -CJ
    It is already sporting some slicks and I agree they are 100 times better than the alternative but they still aren't good. If I can't find a trade I will be on the look out to buy her something but the least expensive we can get out of this the better.

    ~Mike

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    Her true inseam is 33 1/2 inches. What do you guys suggest?

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    Probably no smaller than a 58cm. I have a 30" inseam and ride a 56cm frame, 58 if it's C-T like they used to measure aluminum and carbon frames 10 years ago. If she has shorter arms than legs, you could buy a bike with a shorter top tube or just get a slightly smaller frame (meaning 58 C-C) and a longer seatpost and stem. Best bet, though, have her ride it first. Wish my dad was selling/trading the bike he never uses, it's a 58 Merckx with 8 spd Dura Ace. But him keeping it gives me hope he'll ride with me again some day.

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