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Old 03-11-07, 06:12 PM   #1
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Starter touring/road bike for 13-year old girl

Our family is beginning to get serious about road biking. This is being led primarily by my 16-year old son who is really digging the 40 mile trips the local bike group does every weekend. The one being left out is our 13-year old daughter. She has an inexpensive off-road bike but it won't do for these kinds of affairs.

I'd like to get her a good road bike that will fit her and allow her to keep up the pace on these tours. She is about 5' tall and will likely grow a few more inches. I doubt she'll make 5'4" when she's finished growing (she's a shrimp but she's our shrimp).

I'm familiar with the Trek WSD bikes and my wife has a Giant bike designed for a woman. So, with the possibility that my daughter will grow somewhat more, but not much, can anyone make a recommendation for a good starter road/touring bike?


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Old 03-12-07, 09:32 AM   #2
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You can find some really good bikes on craigslist, especially in your daughters size. That is, there are some really good quality bikes for that size although they are not as numerous as other sizes, at least in my market. Your craigslist may be different.

You can also check out Terry Cycles. It was started and is run and owned by a woman for women cyclists. I did find the site a little confusing to navigate but the ISIS and Madeline might be what would fit her riding style. You did not mention a price range but I would guess these are more than you want to spend (listed at 1800+ on the website).
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Take a close look at the Trek 1000 series, they start at 43cm making them suitable for kids and shorter riders. My kid has a 1600SLR and loves it, it comes with 105 controls, Ultegra mechs and a Bonty (FSA) triple crankset; it might be a bit pricey for what you're looking to but the 1000 is a great entry level bike for less than a grand.

In my case the triple crank was replaced by a compact, the 12-25 cassette replaced by a 14-25 (Junior regulations) and the mechs for Ultegra double.

The difference between the "regular" and the wsd in 43cm is the wheel size, the regular is 700 and the wsd is 650.

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I don't usually shill for specific brands but check out the Giant OCR 3:

I bought one for my 14-YO son last summer and we've ridden on the road & on gravel rail-to-trails type stuff. Bicycling magazine had it as a best buy and it really is (they even have a woman specific model). It is a great starter bike and very versatile.
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Might add Fuji Newest 1.0 thru 4.0 to your list. Comes in a 42cm (xs) size for all those models. The Fuji 2.0 geometry is more traditional, but the other models have a sloping top tube that might provide additional standover height clearance. My sister's friend is just over 5" and this was the only road bike she felt fit right (she has an older Fuji model, which I can't recall the name at the moment) and was comfortable riding on longer distances.
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