So, my girlfriend wants to join me on my upcoming touring adventures and she is 5'4" tall. Pretty average sized woman she is. I see tons of mid '80s touring type bikes around my neighborhood that would probably fit her if it weren't for the long top tube of the mens style bikes that they all seem to be. What I was wondering is if it would be possible to get one of these mini mens bikes for her and put a forward seat post on it so she would be able to sit up more, would this reduce her climbing ability?
If that solution isn't possible then what is a good, inexpensive woman's specific (short top tube in relation to the seat tube height) bike for a woman interested in fully loaded touring? I'd feel bad if she had to drop 3gs on a custom rig and I built up my Apollo for $700 and got by with that.
Muito obrigada pela sua ajuda!