I've always wanted to get a touring bike for my wife but have always run into a problem. Because she's 4'11" most of the bikes that I would consider good choices just don't have frame sizes that would accomodate her. She's a novice cyclist but does daily rides of more than 30+ miles on an old mixte frame bike. She would never be able to do any significant hill climbing or touring on that bike. So if any of the women here on the forum have experience on this subject, please let me know. Her current frame size is 46cm. and to be honest she's too small for that.