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Old 10-22-06, 02:42 PM
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Women vs. Men bikes

How can you tell if a bike is for women or men? Is it by the frame? Or is it by the girly color? ie.: pink, purple, etc.
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Old 10-22-06, 02:58 PM
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The frames are different, or should be. Women specific designs don't have the step-through design any more, at least not for higher end bikes, but most manufacturers are being smart in accommodating the differences between men and women. Women's bikes will often have proportionally shorter top tubes compared to seat tube length because women are generally shorter in the torso and longer in the legs than men. They will also usually have narrower handlebars and perhaps smaller shift levers. They may or may not have different model names, depending on the manufacturer. Specialized for instance has the "Dolce" which is their road bike specifically designed for women. It has a women's specific designed saddle, in addition to other features. Different manufacturers have different things, but some might just be a different color scheme (but not necessarily "girly" colors) for their women's bikes. Fuji is a good example of this in their "Finest" line. You would have to check with the manufacturer, the web site being a good place to start.
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Old 10-22-06, 03:37 PM
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I think that the easiest way is to look at who's sitting on top of it. If it's a woman then it's a woman's bike.

Seriously people, both women and men, come in different sizes and porportions. That's why Specialized used to call it's version of Trek's women specific models, STT for short top tube. As a generalization, Trek's women's specific models have shorter top tubes than the rest of their line. Georgena Terry has carved out a nitch market for bikes with seriously short top tubes. Some women love them. There is a group of women, however, who prefer standard top tube lengths.
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Old 10-22-06, 04:54 PM
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Mine isn't obvious, but it is a WSD fuji Finest 1.0. But if you look at the down tube near the BB you can see a female symbol in red. The frame, thank god, isn't pink and flowery, but it is a powder blue with a darker metallic blue fade. Basically, who cares how they market it, get whatever fits. I am only 5'2" so I had to go with a WSD bike. I am a woman, but don't fall for the hype. I bought what fit.
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The Women specific don't go anywhere near as fast as the mens.
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Old 10-22-06, 06:16 PM
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women's bikes are a marketing gimmick mostly

but yeah, if you want a particular bike with a shorter top tube take a look at the those lines designed for women
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Old 10-22-06, 08:42 PM
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Pah, everyone knows that women don't ride bikes.
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Did ya peek under the bottom bracket?
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my dad is taller than i am (by an inch or so) and i showed him how i measured from my bike's saddle to the stem by putting my elbow against the nose of the saddle. he tried it to see if the bike was the right size for him and it turns out that our forearms are the EXACT SAME LENGTH! now i am more confused than ever. maybe his upper arms are longer than mine or something. you'd think if i have monkey arms i'd be able to reach the handlebars better
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Originally Posted by efrobert
The Women specific don't go anywhere near as fast as the mens.
....BS!
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my dad is taller than i am (by an inch or so) and i showed him how i measured from my bike's saddle to the stem by putting my elbow against the nose of the saddle. he tried it to see if the bike was the right size for him and it turns out that our forearms are the EXACT SAME LENGTH! now i am more confused than ever. maybe his upper arms are longer than mine or something. you'd think if i have monkey arms i'd be able to reach the handlebars better
Don't forget torso length! Women usually have longer legs and shorter torsos than men.
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Should guys with manboobs ride a womens bike?
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Originally Posted by GreenGrasshoppr
Should guys with manboobs ride a womens bike?
They need to be riding something.
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Originally Posted by bbattle
They need to be riding something.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

I'm a female who actually has two made for women bicycles (road) --- and two manly type bikes (mtb).

So I ride both.

hehe A BI-cyclist, eh?

Actually my roadbike has a shorter top tube, etc and is a lot more comfortable on longer distances --- even though I ride my mtb as an "urban" mtber (hard to find too much dirt in the city) but I ride it hard -- and am usually riding with a couple groups of wild guys where we tear up the city --- and my mtb are definitely "guy" type bikes - longer reach etc. But I've learned to adapt.

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It is more about body shape, proportions, and size than gender. I like the flexibility of the folding bicycles. As a general rule, they can be easily adjusted to whatever body is sitting on it.
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My wife's last bike was a trek 3700, it was a deep purple color, she swore it was a WSD version, but they didn't make a WSD 3700 that year (i asked). Her new bike is a fuel ex WSD, its a dark blue metallic color (more manly than the 3700 though its a real WSD) the only thing i noticed is the top tube is noticeably shorter, other than that I'd totally ride it, and if she gives up and goes roadie or something i'll put a new stem on it and i bet it'd fit me. Also, when we were shopping for her second bike, she tried my 4500 and liked it a lot.
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