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**********? Road bike for 5"/ 90lbs. girl **********????

Old 05-04-11, 09:42 PM
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**********? Road bike for 5"/ 90lbs. girl **********????

A friend just called and asked me what he should be looking for( size wise) in a road bike for his daughter, ie. will she need something with 650c wheels. She is 5' tall and about 90lbs. and thats all I know about her. I don't know squat about small bikes, I'm 6'4", so I told him I'd ask the interwebz what it thought. Before you state the obvious, I will direct him to a LBS, but he really wants to see if he can go used. I guess what he (I) really want to know is if someone her size could/should fit on a regular bike.

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SORRY, THE TITLE SHOULD READ 5' and NOT 5"
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Old 05-04-11, 09:59 PM
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I bought a 44 cm Specialized Ruby for my 5' wife and it fits her fine. It has 700 wheels and no overlap issues even when I tried with my size 45 shoes.

Got to ask, is this girl likely to get any taller?
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Felt ZW series?
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They have smaller "youth" road bikes out now. I saw a set at a local Trek dealer. a 44-50 cm would fit well.
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I'd get one size bigger than she needs and a really short stem for now. Anticipate her growing.
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Felt ZW series?
That.
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Originally Posted by RoboCheme View Post
I bought a 44 cm Specialized Ruby for my 5' wife and it fits her fine. It has 700 wheels and no overlap issues even when I tried with my size 45 shoes.

Got to ask, is this girl likely to get any taller?


I don't think so, she going to college next year.

Thanx for the replies so far.
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my girlfriend rides a 44cm caad 9 with full size wheels. i think it may be the smallest size cannondale with full size rims. she is 5'1" and it fits her really well. its cool looking too. nearly all 105. that might be alot of bike for somebody just tooling around a college campus though.
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It is really going to depend on her inseam and torso measurements. I am 5' tall (but fat in comparison to that at 130lbs!) but have a 26.5" inseam, which is pretty short. This means that even on a small frame with 700 wheels, I have standover problems. I bought a Felt ZW 43cm with 650 wheels. I probably need a slightly taller stem, but it is great!
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I have a friend selling a bike in her size, so check your PM, but to answer the basic question, she can run full size wheels if she wants. My friend's road bike has 650 wheels, her TT bike has 650 wheels, her track bike has 700 wheels, and her new road bike has 700 wheels. She prefers 700 because she can swap wheels with teammates. My Mom is 5'1" and she fit on a full size road bike as well, but she liked 650 wheels herself because full size bikes "felt big" to her.
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Originally Posted by YosemiteGirl View Post
It is really going to depend on her inseam and torso measurements. I am 5' tall (but fat in comparison to that at 130lbs!) but have a 26.5" inseam, which is pretty short. This means that even on a small frame with 700 wheels, I have standover problems. I bought a Felt ZW 43cm with 650 wheels. I probably need a slightly taller stem, but it is great!
Thanx for the info.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
I have a friend selling a bike in her size, so check your PM, but to answer the basic question, she can run full size wheels if she wants. My friend's road bike has 650 wheels, her TT bike has 650 wheels, her track bike has 700 wheels, and her new road bike has 700 wheels. She prefers 700 because she can swap wheels with teammates. My Mom is 5'1" and she fit on a full size road bike as well, but she liked 650 wheels herself because full size bikes "felt big" to her.
PM sent, thanx.
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Felt ZW series?
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5"?!?!?!


Bravo! That's exactly the scene I thought of when I read the title of this thread.
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There are three ways to build the front end of a small frame bike:
1. Use 700C wheels with correct geometry and tell the rider she has to deal with toe overlap
2. Use 700C wheels and bork the geometry to avoid toe overlap
3. Use a smaller wheel eliminating toe overlap and correcting the geometry

The third option is ideal for fit and handling, but you have practical concerns with tube, tire and wheel sharing and selection.
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