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Bikes for tiny women...(8 posts)

Bikes for tiny women...collinsc
Jun 16, 2002 8:19 PM
My mother is interested in a new bike. She's barely 100 lbs, about 5'2" (getting complete measurements shortly). Fairly standard female preportions, long legs, short torso. Where should we start looking? Seems a lot of companies do some extreme things with seat tube angle in the small womens sizes. Anybody like Terry? mb the Isis?

As a fairly average sized male, I dont really know where to look.

re: Bikes for tiny women...Me Dot Org
Jun 16, 2002 8:54 PM
Besides Terry, you could try Trek. They have several WSD (Women Specific Design) Road Bikes.

You could also leave a message on one of the Team Estrogen Forums:

Perhapas they would have additional suggestions.
I would stay far away from Trek.....tronracer
Jun 17, 2002 4:48 AM
They don't stand behind their warranty. Cannondale makes a women's specific model also. I cracked a Cannondale frame and they gave me a new frame free. When I cracked a Trek frame, they told me I had to either buy a new frame or pay to have it repaired. Just my experience, but I'd never buy another TREK product.
dotto on Cdalecyclopathic
Jun 17, 2002 5:16 AM
Cdale in small sizes has 650c wheels
dotto on Cdaleraboboy
Jun 17, 2002 11:00 AM
Aye, my wife has a C'dal WSD and she loves it.
Top tube length vs. toe clip overlap.Spoke Wrench
Jun 17, 2002 6:13 AM
The issue for short women, especially recreational/ enthuiast riders is how to make the bike short enough front to back. There are five possible things a frame builder can do:
1. Live with a longish top tube.
2. Live with toe clip overlap.
3. Use smaller wheels.
4. Use a steep seat tube angle.
5. Use a slack head tube angle.
People on this board will discuss endlessly the advantages and disadvantages of each solution. My personal opinion is that most LBS guys tend to be average size males and don't have a clue. In a nutshell, racers tend to prefer the first two, more recreational riders the third.

All that said, I have a NOS Terry that's probably the right size, that I would let go for a REAL good price.
Top tube length vs. toe clip overlap.collinsc
Jun 17, 2002 7:22 AM
tell me about the terry:

She is about the same size as Miss M.MB1
Jun 17, 2002 6:29 AM
Miss M's main rides are;

1) A custom Rivendale with 26" wheels that really fits her well. OTH it took a year to get.

2) A 48CM Merlin that she is very fond of. I like it less (there is almost no top tube-a common problem with 700C wheels and small frames).

3)A 49CM off the shelf Fuji that fits really well without front wheel overlap.

The real problem is finding someone in a bike shop with enough knowledge to help you fit a small bike. I would look for a small person working in a shop and not listen to anyone else.