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Sherlock08 11-11-11 03:57 PM

Best bike for short women?
Hi, I am looking to purchase my first adult road bike. I am a woman, 5'0'' (short legs, 28" inseam) and fit. My boyfriend has a Cannondale and loves to cycle, and it would be great if I can go with him on his rides. I am comfortable on a bike, but have never had a real road bike. Since I'm a beginner, I don't want to spend more than $500. Does anything like this exist? I have heard that I should look for a used bike, but because I'm so short, I'm not sure I'll be able to find one in my area. Thanks for any advice!

10 Wheels 11-11-11 04:04 PM

Might fit you?

nwbikeman 11-11-11 04:25 PM

Most all of the major brands make a bike that will fit you. Specialized and Trek are what we sell and I would find a dealer in your area to get sized so you have an idea how it should fit before you look at used bikes. Trek are labeled as WSD for Women specific design. Specialized has a series of women's bikes as well. Do your homework before you go used as most people of your size usually end up with a bike several sizes to big just because they didn't do the research first. Also Trek does have financing and most good quality road bikes start around $800. Here in seattle you can find them used but they usually sell fast because of the size but the resale of these models is a lot higher then a standard men's bike of same level.

trek2.3bike 11-11-11 10:23 PM

Be aware. The Trek 43 cm frame with the 650 wheels is actually 5 cm LOWER than the Specialized 44 cm frame with 700 wheels.

kf9yr 11-11-11 10:31 PM

Where do you live?

There are Women's Trek Demo days in different parts of the country (one on Sat and one on Sun here in AZ this weekend).

I'm sure a large lbs or a flagship bike store will also have bikes in your size you can try out.

LesterOfPuppets 11-11-11 10:48 PM

Take a look at Terry bikes. She makes her smallest sizes with 650c wheels and ample standover.

SlimRider 11-11-11 11:05 PM

Hi there Sherlock08!

I will recommend two bicycles for you. Each should fit you just fine. They are as follows:

1)The Jamis Coda Sport Femme model ~ $560 :thumb:

2)The Schwinn Sporterra Sport (for Women) ~ $495

- Slim :)


* Please only go to either a Jamis or Schwinn dealership for either of these bicycles. The Schwinn Sporterra Sport is a Signature Schwinn model, which can only be located within a dealership and NOT a department store. Besides, you'll have to be properly fitted by your bike shop, anyway.

Technically, these are not considered as road bikes due to their handlebars, but they'll do for starters ;).

RoboCheme 11-12-11 08:42 AM

My wife is also 5'0". She ride a Specialized Ruby in a 44. It's nice because it uses 700 wheels. You might want to try and find the aluminum version of this bike, the Dolce.

dr_max 11-12-11 09:14 AM

Scott Contessa CR1

Grasschopper 11-12-11 09:31 AM

keep an eye on They are blowing out a bunch of Terry women's specific road bikes.

Kona Lisa up right now (11:10a eastern) but even at half price it is around $800...105 10spd equipped though so it is a good value....and you would want the 45cm size (smallest).

Looigi 11-12-11 01:33 PM

You should check and make sure the bike has appropriately short cranks, narrow bars, and short reach brake/shifter levers.

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