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Old 09-06-08, 09:36 PM   #1
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I'm 4'11" and finding a bike is trickier than I expected.

Hello! I'm new to biking and have been spending the past few months going to bike shops in my town asking about bicycles for short people. I only need a bicycle for short distance commuting, and I'm not picky about whether or not I get a road bike or a singlespeed, since it's all new to me either way. The biggest obstacle I've been having is finding a frame that's small enough for me - I'm a smidge under 4'11"/150cm. So far, I've looked at a kid's road bike (Fuji Ace 24") and while it was okay to ride, I've also read good things about the Fuji Track SE (43cm) and the Iro Heidi (46cm) but I haven't been able to test ride either of them yet.

I'm not sure what else to put in an intro. Feedback from other shorties would be nice! :-)

Edit: I now realize the intro forum isn't to be used so much for advice. Oops. I'm still figuring things out. I suppose I will also say Vermont is lovely but the roads are very hilly and winding. Perhaps I'll want a bicycle with gears after all...

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Old 09-06-08, 10:10 PM   #2
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Welcome. Not sure how much you want to spend for a bike, but Terry makes bikes that are designed for women, taking into account women's needs. Here's a link to the Terry hybrid, she advertises it as a newcomers or commuter bike:
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My first good bike was the Specialized Dolce Elite in 44cm. A lovely bike, with an especially nice saddle.

Or, a junior bike with 24" wheels would work well too. I am the proud possessor of a tiny Richard Sachs bicycle, custom built for someone who was 4'10". This bicycle has 24" wheels.

You can occasionally find junior racers for sale on eBay.

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Old 09-07-08, 12:59 PM   #4
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Hilly Vermont? Ditch the idea of a single speed. They're for flat roads.
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I'm also four eleven. I ride a 13 inch women's specfic hybrid--a Trek 7.5. It fits great. I don't have a car, so I ride it everywhere.

I'm not sure this bike comes in the 13 inch frame anymore, though.

Best of luck.

Please let me know what you end up buying.
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