Old 09-18-05, 08:24 AM
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There are a few issues. Women generally need a wider saddle because the ischial bones are farther apart. I've heard pros and cons of cutouts (eg. the edges may cut into you) and I'm not a woman so I have no personal view on that. Women typically have longer legs and a shorter torso than men (and that certainly sounds true of you!) so a bike big enough for your legs might make you reach too far forward. To fix that you may need to get the bike modified with a shorter stem, or buy a smaller bike and use a longer seat post, or find a bike with a WSD (women specific design). As you get more into riding you will gradually prefer to lean farther forward, and you may find that the seat and bike position that felt right initially aren't quite right then. However you may only need to make slight adjustments in seat position (they can slide back on their rails a bit) height and tilt, and handlebar height to fix that.
Robert

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