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Recommend - WSD or upright roadie?

Old 06-11-12, 03:54 PM
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Recommend - WSD or upright roadie?

The Mrs. is looking for a road bike so I'm looking for a recommend for a road bike, either in WSD or maybe a touring geometry, she prefers more upright riding style but still wants high-gear, maybe a compact 50-11 or something nearby (so she can drop yours-truly). Keeping price around a grand would be good, too. There are quite a few LBSes 'round here, so any recommendations on model would be appreciated and we can go for a test drive.
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WSD can be a bit misleading. It's not hard to find very similar dimensions in a "mens" bike. WSD geometry assumes women all have similar geometry and nothing could be further from the truth.
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Very true.. we"ll need to see some pictures of your wife..
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Define upright riding style. What is she riding now? Fitness level? What are her goals (besides dropping you like a bad habit)? There are obviously aggressive WSD and more upright WSD; lot's to choose from.
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Very true.. we"ll need to see some pictures of your wife..
She's smoking hot so I probably shouldn't post, it'll make everyone jealous of me.
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WSD can be a bit misleading. It's not hard to find very similar dimensions in a "mens" bike. WSD geometry assumes women all have similar geometry and nothing could be further from the truth.
Yeah, the one LBS guy said all they do is shrink the top tube to get to WSD, so I think a men's commuter style might have similar geo. If anyone has a decent model to recommend, we'll go test drive. I'm hoping to dump about a grand, one LBS salesman put her on a $2k Masi steel model with 105 components, which was pretty nice, but I think it might be a little much. Then again, happy wife, happy life
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Originally Posted by rdtompki View Post
Define upright riding style. What is she riding now? Fitness level? What are her goals (besides dropping you like a bad habit)? There are obviously aggressive WSD and more upright WSD; lot's to choose from.
She had a Trek FX, basically it's a flat bar road bike, but wants to upgrade a little bit. And have drop bars.
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I'd check out the Cannondale Synapse (aluminum version) and the Specialized Secteur. Both have relatively tall top tubes, and both are good enough that she won't outgrow them anytime soon. I'm sure other major brands have equivalent models, but those are the only ones I'm familiar with. I wouldn't worry about the WSD thing, just find something that fits.
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Generally, a woman's COG moves upward as she ages and leaning over reaching for the handlebars puts a lot of weight on her back. If you think about it, you know why this is.
That's why the Trek WSD bikes all have H3 frames -- a longer head tube to move the handlebars up and allow the rider to maintain a more upright position. The drops aren't for most mature women. They might be happier with straight bars.

The message I've heard repeatedly is "I want to ride more upright with less strain on my back." If they are in pain, they won't be good riding companions.

Ride what fits best. I'm a guy and I find that the Trek WSD bikes work quite well for me. I wasn't scared off because it was marketed as a "woman's bike." Neither should your Lady be.

At your price, you can find a Trek 2.1. WSD or not (remember FIT). It's a hard bike to beat.

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