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Old 08-22-16, 02:52 PM
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Woman's Bikes

Firstly, let me say that its a man's world when it comes to buying bikes.

I walked into REI to look at bikes for my SO around $500 and was promptly shown this one:

https://www.rei.com/product/101030/e...U_AhoCo0_w_wcB

So $800 will get you a 38 pound bike with 3 gears ...

So I've been looking at smaller 42-44cm men's bikes. Unfortunately I couldn't find anything at a LBS in that size so I went to BikesDirect and found these bikes.

Any suggestions/thoughts/experiences.

a) Save Up to 60% Off Road Bikes - 2014 Motobecane Mirage Sport

It's a Mixte which looks a bit odd, but its decently speced (for the price) but I can't quite work out the geometry. Will it be more upright than a endurance bike? They say the 48cm one is for around 5 foot 2 inches.

b) Save Up To 60% Off Road Bikes, Roadbikes - Mercier Galaxy SC3 Aluminum Road bikes

They have a 43cm one for 5 foot 2 people. Has the older Sora shifter (i.e. with thumb shifters)
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Old 08-22-16, 02:58 PM
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I thought you were done with cycling?
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My sister just bought a 24-speed Acera-level Novara hybrid with a cheap suspension fork, for <$400. It was a 2016 model on clearance. I forget the weight exactly but I want to say it was about thirty pounds. I don't know why the Electra costs so much.
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Old 08-22-16, 04:26 PM
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I thought you were done with cycling?
Not done, just no interest. But after sitting on my backside for a week I realized that I hate to be idle and biking is probably the best way to stay out and about for long periods of times whist exercising.
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The women I ride with ride the same bikes as the men. Is your complaint that your LBSs don't stock small bikes?
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Most of the top bike brands offer smaller frames for women. It might be more difficult to source, depending on demand in your neck of the woods, and often you have to pay to play, and probably have to order one sight unseen. Here's a nice sampling from the Japanese market: CSC5**********************************************************************? | cyclowired
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Originally Posted by memebag View Post
The women I ride with ride the same bikes as the men. Is your complaint that your LBSs don't stock small bikes?
Not really a complaint, just an observation. I was hoping to score a nice Synapse but couldn't find a store that stocks them.

So if I'm back to buying without trying out the bike, I'd rather get a bikes direct bike.
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I'd rather get a bikes direct bike.
Of course you would! FWIW, about a third of the group I ride with are women. Most of them just ride regular bikes, sized to fit of course. Only one bike is pink....
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Take a peek in the Road Bike Marketplace here.


Not sure what size you are looking for, or how those other brands size their bikes.


But well worth a look.
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If you went to a store (REI) which is Not a bike store ... and didn't find a wide array of bikes .... but Most stores won't stock a lot of women's models or extremely small frames for the most obvious reason----they make up such a tiny sliver of the market but take up the same amount of floor space as a bike which has a lot more prospective buyers.

I thought you were located in Florida? If so, I would bet most major cities have major bike shops ... and using Cannondale's DealerFinder (Cannondale : Cannondale Bicycles Dealer Locator) I found 20 C'dale dealers in the state.

Not to put you down, so please don't think that ...but going to a general sporting goods store to shop for a specialty version of a specialty item sounds like a waste of time.

I'd go to REI if I wanted a good deal on camping equipment or a backyard volleyball net, and even possibly for a few mainstream, mass-appeal bicycles ... but they are Not a bike shop. If I were shopping for bikes I wouldn't even look up the nearest location.

Anyway ... Lot so of manufacturers make women-specific frames and also small frames in general. You shouldn't have much trouble if you really hunt.

As for frames in the 42-cm range: Is your significant other 4'6"? Not a problem, but a 42-cm frame sounds like a child's bike. I did a group ride last summer with some young ladies who were about 5' tall and all of them fit easily on 48s or 46s. If your SO is indeed 54 inches tall or less, it will be hard to find a good bike ... but i bet she is used to that because she cannot find much in the way of clothes or shoes either (have a short wife myslef, so i get to hear all about it.)

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The REI here is pretty much a bike store. They have a large selection of good frames and a repair shop.

Also, my LBS stocks that girly cruiser linked to in the first post. When my wife and I first visited 3.5 years ago those were the kinds of bikes we were looking for.
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if I am not mistaken Trek and Giant are big on the Women's Specific thing. I'd visit their sites and see what is up. Inpd, I know you have no trouble figuring out geometry from a schematic---you have bought online before. With a mixte frame the only difference ids effective top tube has nothing to do with the top tube. But I wouldn't recommend a mixte frame for a serious cyclist as there are lots of more traditional frames built for women which would probably offer fewer compromises in weight and strength.

Seriously, this wasn't hard to find: https://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us...es/on-road/51/ ----- nr was this: Women's Bikes | Trek Bikes

Treat the lady right ... remember, she will be there while you are sleeping.
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A couple lower cost options:
Womens Bikes - Ribble Cycles
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There are a number of web articles on the differences between men's and women's relative proportions - statistically there aren't any differences.

The women's specific bike thing is purely for marketing and profit.
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https://www.specialized.com/us/en/bi...rameset/115166

Amira S-works...the Boels team replica is HOT. I've seen it in person and I'm tempted to buy one in 56cm to ride myself. If my wife would ride I'd build her one spec'ed like my Tarmac in a sec.

As much as I like REI, it is not a bike store. It is a clothing store that sells and services bikes.
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BD Have a Few Smaller Ones Like Mercier Galaxy SC3

This bike Save Up To 60% Off Road Bikes, Roadbikes - Mercier Galaxy SC3 Aluminum Road bikes is available in 42cm which suits upto 5 foot 2 person.

Is that's people's experience that a 42cm is good for a 5 foot and a bit person and 46 for a five foot 5 person?


Anyone have experience with this bike? I still prefer to get her to try it in person, but finding it hard to get one in person.

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There are a number of web articles on the differences between men's and women's relative proportions - statistically there aren't any differences.

The women's specific bike thing is purely for marketing and profit.
Thanks. Good to know. It's a man's world (in biking at least).
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It sounds like your local REI is trying to take the piss! REI sells this which is probably closer to what you were looking for:

https://www.rei.com/product/888334/n...mens-bike-2016

So I'm not sure why they'd show you an Electra...
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My understanding is tgat women's geometry is for long legs, short torso. Not all women are built like that. They my also have different seats.

Reach could differ but that should be true for any smaller bike
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FWIW Wifey likes her 15" Trek Stagger
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I have heard the same---"women's specific" frames usually are designed for long-legged, short-torsoed people with shorter arms ... shorter top tubes in proportion to seat tubes .... but as with any human, only an actual fitting shows what works.

the one deal with women's frames is they are usually made in smaller sizes ... but as I noted, a five-foot-tall rider should be at least okay on a 46-cm frame. Check it out, i guess.

I think you can get a Dawes in women's sizes.
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So Bike Island Has Some Nice Options

Hi,

Thanks all for suggestions.

Bike Island is Bike Directs website for manufacturing "seconds". I've bought one bike through them become with "scuffs
on the chain stays" which turned out to be a smallish brown tinge.

It turns out right now they have some fairly cheap but descent bikes in 42cm and 44cm many of them with "scuffs on the chain stays"

In 42cm they have the Mercier Galaxy SC3 in canary yellow which suits 4'11 to 5'2. 8 speed Sora and Sora STIs (thumb shifters) but a Carbon fork for $289. Supposedly weights 22 pounds (we'll see). I ordered on of those.

BikeIsland has the ability to sort through all available bikes by size. (2nd menu item from the left all the way at the bottom).
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The women's specific bike thing is purely for marketing and profit.
Not true
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Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
If you went to a store (REI) which is Not a bike store ... and didn't find a wide array of bikes .... but Most stores won't stock a lot of women's models or extremely small frames for the most obvious reason----they make up such a tiny sliver of the market but take up the same amount of floor space as a bike which has a lot more prospective buyers.

I thought you were located in Florida? If so, I would bet most major cities have major bike shops ... and using Cannondale's DealerFinder (Cannondale : Cannondale Bicycles Dealer Locator) I found 20 C'dale dealers in the state.)
Cannondale at REI

REI is a Cannondale dealer.
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Originally Posted by jonc123 View Post
Cannondale at REI

REI is a Cannondale dealer.
Correct, but they don't carry all their bikes as the REI salesman told me.

I'm in Bay Area CA.
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