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Old 03-29-16, 04:46 AM   #1
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Very relaxed bike or frame for very short rider?

I am looking into buying a new bike or frame for a 154cm female rider, it will be for daily commute, touring(but carrying no load just 8+hours in the saddle)

It would be best if it was light, but relaxed all day comfort is probably more important. The rider currently is only used to riding the old school French style upright step through framed bikes.

If I get a frameset, I will build up the bike myself.

Does anyone have any recommendations?
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Old 03-29-16, 08:01 AM   #2
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Having just spent time looking for my 160cm tall girlfriend (and being one of unusual proportions myself) best I can say is have her sit on a bunch of bikes until you get an idea of what she likes. When I was looking, I lined up a bunch of bikes I thought she would like, just to have her hate the sizes of all of them, and gravitate towards a much larger frame than I was originally looking at. In the end, we actually wound up with a pristine old mixte that she fit very well into, something that I wouldn't have even considered until she saw it sitting on the shop floor and took it out for a ride. Don't look past the women's specific design bikes, if we were looking to buy new they truly did fit her MUCH better, it was not just a marketing gimmick.

Here's a similar thread I started on the process a few weeks ago, there may or may not be info of use to you in there (it was geared towards older bikes, but some good general knowledge too): 1990ish Schwinn World Sport for CC Touring?

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Old 03-29-16, 03:05 PM   #3
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My girlfriend is a little taller, and loves her Ogre. I would say a Troll would be a good bike. Long steerer tube with a pair of riser handlebars would be very comfortable and confidence inspiring. Maybe a pair of BMX-style bars, with the 6+ inches of rise, would mimick the geometry of a step-through cruiser.
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The handlebars could be as important as the entire frame. Changes position and makes the reach a lot longer/shorter, depending what you get. So probably don't get drop bars.

Maybe get a road/touring bike suited for her height, if it had drop bars, and replace them with something else. Then it would feel even more upright/relaxed/compact.
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Bike Friday is Built to measure. for each customer. and equipped with the components You (or she) prefers.

then shipped around the Globe. ... from Oregon..

their Travel bikes are used by touring cyclists going to all parts of the Planet.

Their NWT is worth a Look.. they have consultants at the ready to answer your questions, Online.

They will put you in touch with fellow Australians that have bough them to look at them in person.

Of course the other guy's Bike wont be in her size.

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