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small frame road bikes(4 posts)

small frame road bikesKris
May 7, 2001 7:59 PM
My girlfriend is 5'1" I want to buy a road bike for her that really fits. I'm aware of the Trek WSD line, but would welcome any comments on them. What I am looking for is recommendations on brands/models and what I should expect to pay. Thank you so much! --Kris
re: small frame road bikesStewK
May 8, 2001 5:09 AM
Don't have any personal experience, but am aware of some other manufacturers that specialize in women's bikes - Rodriguez out of Seattle and of course Terry.

There's also a frame builder on the Internet called Atherton Bicycles that specializes in bicycles for short people as well as people of average size.
second it check Terrycyclopathic
May 8, 2001 2:27 PM
re: small frame road bikesBecky
May 8, 2001 8:03 AM
I recently purchased a Cannondale R500 Feminine and have been thrilled with it thus far. I'm 5'5", but my torso is very short, making it necessary for me to ride a 47cm with 650 wheels. I was lucky enough to find a dealer near me who is very experienced in fitting women on bikes and who I felt very comfortable with. Several other salespeople did the "standover" test and proclaimed a 50cm to be a great fit, even though I was way too stretched out.
My best advice is to test ride as many bikes as possible and keep in mind that, for most women, the top tube length is far more critical than the standover height. Good luck and happy riding!