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Looking for a bike for my wife(10 posts)

Looking for a bike for my wifekayak42
Oct 17, 2002 6:04 PM
Trouble is her size is 47 c-t.(inseam 28 inches) What I have found is Trek has sold enough 47cm road bikes like 2200 WSD that are nice and can be found used. Many other frames like 853, Ti, carbon don't seem to come that small. Or they've sold so few of them that they can only be found new.

Looking for triple, 9 speed, at least 105.

Any other ideas on 47cm road bikes? (She's a 50yo rec rider but a very good runner that I'm hoping will ride more)

Get her in steel, 853, look at Lemond (special sizes) NMSpunout
Oct 18, 2002 3:39 AM
specialized 2003...merckx56
Oct 18, 2002 5:12 AM
specialized is making a sloping tt steel bike for 2003. it's ultegra with a carbon fork, built out of columbus foco tubing. retail is $1740. a 47 has a 51.6 top tube.
don't look at lemond! lemonds are built with long top tubes and standard (non-sloping tops) geos. lemonds are terrible choices for women because the tops are so long. the "pro" shop here in town sells lemonds to women and they all look like circus freaks ride them. no post, a full stack of spacers under the stem and a 80mm stem!
if you want a short top tube, try to track down a colnago frameset for your wife. they have historically short tops.
try ebay.
Let's get this right...Spunout
Oct 18, 2002 6:50 AM
"No Post" showing, meaning that the frame is too large?

So, your Lemond dealer doesn't know how to size bikes.

A 47 CM LEmond in 853 has a 50.4 cm top tube, that is shorter than the Specialized you promote. Thus, I would conclude that your assumption "..tops are so long..." is false.
Good point!Spoke Wrench
Oct 18, 2002 7:05 AM
You really have to study frame geometry in the smallest sizes because manufacturers sometimes make changes seat tube and head tube angles in an effort to make the top tube more porportional. Generalizations that people hold so dearly, that might be valid in the middle sizes, often don't hold true for the extreme sizes.
while that may be true...._rt_
Oct 18, 2002 7:38 AM
Lemond does have a history of making bikes with a very square geometry & a relatively long top tube. for some reason, the reach on many Lemonds is very long. maybe they have changed the geometry recently?

that, and...merckx56
Oct 18, 2002 11:07 AM
the fact that the specialized is sloping and the lemond is not. the specialized will give a diminutive person more standover height. for comparison, a 55 lemond has a 56.5 top while a 55 specialized has a 55.5. with different bars, stem and seatposts, the lemond could conceivably be anywhere from 2 to 5 cm longer.
I was making a generalization about lemonds too. I sold 'em for a long time and they are just as overpriced as trek!
What LBS trades wives for bikes?jromack
Oct 18, 2002 7:24 AM
Is this legal?
..Hey! I have an extra bike! Any takers? (nm)Spunout
Oct 18, 2002 9:33 AM
bianchi and marin both come in smaller sizes_rt_
Oct 18, 2002 7:34 AM
i've got a slightly longer inseam than your wife, but a very short torso & when i was first looking at bikes i thought i would need a 47cm frame. i tried the cannondale (compact), trek wsd, bianchi, and marin. lemond comes in smaller sizes but has a very long toptube.....and i couldn't find one to try. the cannondales are a good buy (lots of bike for your $$) but tend to be really stiff & i found the ride to be extremely harsh.

i ended up getting a 49cm Bianchi Giro (full 105). the top tube was relatively short and i had good clearance. it's a great bike. however, i recently upgraded to a trek 5200 OCLV 50cm frame (ironically it has a shorter toptube than my bianchi).

it's worth keeping an open mind in terms of frame size because with each bike the geometry changes and, as i am proof, a larger frame can sometime ride smaller.


ps- i assume you are taking her along to have her try out the bikes?