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Any women riding pinarellos?(8 posts)

Any women riding pinarellos?spindrift
Jan 16, 2003 4:24 AM
I have admired the pinarellos in my LBS and my question is are there are any women out there riding pinarellos? And if so, how do you feel with the geometry (top tube length, cranks). Your replies eagerly awaited.
Thanks from a female bikeaholic...
Not much help but I have seen a woman on a Pinarello! (nm)StevieP
Jan 16, 2003 4:51 AM
I'm not one but I know one.McAndrus
Jan 16, 2003 5:26 AM
I'll take a shot at this because I don't know if she lurks at RBR or not.

The local lady rides and races a Pinarello Surprise and says she is very happy with it. I'm not sure of her height or proportions, I'd guess she's 5'3" or so and I'd say normal female leg to torso proportions.
re: Any women riding pinarellos?pinarello
Jan 16, 2003 6:50 AM
My wife rode one for about two years. This year I bought her a new DeRosa Merak. The Pinarello was a steel Vuelta with 172.5 cranks. The Pinarello has a ride of its own and she admits that the Pin rides better but the DeRosa is lighter faster and better in the corners. The DeRosa is a compact and it fits her better but she said for longer rides the Pinarello is the bike of choice. You might want to consider a DeRosa with the compact geometry. Also DeRosa does make womens frames.
Good Luck Catapult
re: My wife rides a 1986 Pinarello.dzrider
Jan 16, 2003 8:00 AM
She test rode a bunch of nice new bikes and decided to have Pina repainted. Her attacment to this bike borders on being spiritual. She's a little over 5'9" so I hesitate to make a gender specific recommendation. I also don't know if their geometry has stayed the same all these years.
I'm not a female and dont ride a pinarelloishmael
Jan 16, 2003 9:51 AM
and if you looking to find out if the geometry is better suited to females I dont know. You probably already know it, but women generally have longer legs so a shorter top tube and longer head tube are a better fit. Colnagos do this a bit as well as some other Italian builders and there is a womens specific frame made by Cannondale. I was thinking of getting it myself even though I'm male because of the shorter top tube and longer headtube. You can also find these features in compact frames, that's what I eventually did. Forget other women and figure out what is most comfortable to you before you buy anything. Sucks when your first bike is a trial run, bound to not work out. I dont think crank length is that big a deal and it's also something that can be easily switched, while the frame can not. Since your a bikeaholic you probably know it already, but, get some good shorts, a comfortable seat and shoes and pedals and tryout stuff and switch stems around. A good bike store ought to allow it.
My daughterSteve98501
Jan 16, 2003 12:07 PM
My daughter rides an older lugged steel Pinarello. She's 5'7", and the bike is 49.5 cm c-c ST, 51 cm c-c TT, and a short stem ~ 9 cm. Cranks are 170. This seems like a good fit for her, and she's far more comfortable on it than on her mountain bike. I've got another road biker in the family.
My daughterSadlebred
Jan 17, 2003 10:10 AM
If you want an Italian bike, look into Casati's. They are relatively affordable if you buy them from GVH Bikes (I'm just a satisifed customer). I've been beating on my Casati for 4++ years. I'm 5'3" with a very short torso and ride a 46 cm with a 50.5 cm top tube.