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Hey Boys: newbie girl need help with sizing my bike(12 posts)

Hey Boys: newbie girl need help with sizing my bikeAllisonHayes
Apr 14, 2002 7:41 AM
I am a little tall, can anyone help me with the correct fit? Also, what do you think makes the best ride for someone my size? Thank you in advance for your help.

How tall would "a little tall" be?JBurton
Apr 14, 2002 8:00 AM
And what might your inseam be? There are some very good resources on bike fit on the internet, though I can't recall any at the moment. Maybe someone else on the board could help you out with that.

A good local bike shop should be able to give you a good idea about size, also. Unless, that is, you planned on buying used.
Height is 600'; inseam is 297"AllisonHayes
Apr 14, 2002 8:09 AM
My boyfriend says I am a long drink of water. Thirsty boys?

Do you like my cycling outfit? I bought at CC because all you guys think so highly of it.
RBR Home page has Shimano 105' derrailleur......nmBrooks
Apr 15, 2002 12:24 PM
Okay, you got me...the picture didn't load up earlier...JBurton
Apr 14, 2002 8:21 AM
Maybe this will helpAllisonHayes
Apr 14, 2002 8:31 AM

You boys are always so helpful!
what makes the best ride... dependslonefrontranger
Apr 14, 2002 10:47 AM
What kind of riding are you looking at? Long touring, fast group riding, fitness riding, racing?

I am a girl on the other end of the size spectrum (almost too small for stock framesizes), but I suffer with the typical female fit issues (long legs, short torso); meaning almost everything in stock sizes is too long in the top tube for me. I have 2 Colnagos and love 'em, but they're really pricey, as is going custom which is often the only route for folks with fit problems. Italian frames do tend to run a little shorter geometry than the standard U.S. builds, and Colnagos are pretty far on the "short" end of the spectrum proportionately.

Your inseam is only half the equation. Before you start looking seriously, I'd seriously recommend shelling out the $ for a pro bike fit. Go to a reputable shop, preferably one who deals with all kinds of riders and maybe sponsors their own racing team, and don't let them push you into buying something just because it's on sale. Tell them what kind of riding you plan on, and make sure they understand that. Otherwise you may get someone who fits you too "racey", meaning a nice low racing tuck that will seriously pain your neck and shoulders.

FWIW, my position has changed pretty radically over the years. I ride with quite a bit of drop now, but I started out very upright because that was comfortable for me at that time. I've been racing for a number of seasons. The position you have over the crankset/BB is also very crucial, and for those of us with crazy proportions, this can get hard to dial in.

Good luck, and it's always nice to see other ladies on the board.


Good one!Crankist
Apr 14, 2002 2:53 PM
Decidedly pre-adolescent sense of humor, but so is mine when I'm at my best.
Oh, and the little man in red...Crankist
Apr 14, 2002 3:00 PM
...with the view understands your sizing needs best.
What does a girl need to do to be on the next CC cover?AllisonHayes
Apr 14, 2002 3:06 PM
Here's a pic of me before my pituitary problem went into overdrive. Do you think CC would hire me?
Do you like my retro outfit?AllisonHayes
Apr 14, 2002 3:27 PM
what i would give for a time machine!!!merckx56
Apr 14, 2002 4:50 PM
the colorado cyclist chick can go spit after seeing that pic!
i'm a bit light-headed now...