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Female Companionship Unit begging for bike; what size?(16 posts)

Female Companionship Unit begging for bike; what size?Ratite_Power
Jan 28, 2003 11:00 PM
The FHACU (Female Humanoid Ambulatory Companionship Unit) keeps whining about wanting a road bike, however I am a little lost as to what size frame she needs. She is five foot three, but I am not sure of her inseam. I measured it once but things got a little out of hand and I forgot the exact measurement. Someone tells me on the one hand that a 43 cm will fit great, while someone else claims a 48 cm will fit. Advice? I'm considering a TREK 1000 for arounabout $549 but the available sizes jump from 43 cm to 50 cm.

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re: Female Companionship Unit begging for bike; what size?mickey-mac
Jan 28, 2003 11:21 PM
"She is five foot three, but I am not sure of her inseam. I measured it once but things got a little out of hand and I forgot the exact measurement."

I can't give you any insight into the proper frame size for your female companion, but that's a damn funny statement.
Get her a not-too-expensive size....Niwot
Jan 29, 2003 1:18 AM
Seriously. I can't tell you how many guys I've talked to who bought their wife or GF a $3000 bike and watched it gather dust in the garage because she rode it once or twice and then never again.

Sounds like you are in the right price range, so you've got that part of it squared away.

Go to a good dealer who will take the time to fit her to the right-sized bike. If you're not sure of a good dealer in your area, ask around.
Get a 46cm - some brand new ones on ebayphil the wheel
Jan 29, 2003 1:46 AM
there are always some brand name bikes - NEW from dealers in this price range on ebay . - right now there is a 46cm Fuji Newest which is a $900 bike you can probably get for under $600 -- and has Tiagra - so she can shift from the drops - plus its about 3 lbs lighter than the Trek 1000
Can I do the fitting???biknben
Jan 29, 2003 4:44 AM
I promise I'll write down her measurements just before "things get out of hand".

Wait until she is complaining of a headache then give the measuring another try.
i'm 5'1 & i ride a 50 cm frame_rt_
Jan 29, 2003 5:38 AM
unless she has legs that are cut off at the knee, in which case bike fit is the least of her problems, i highly doubt that she would be comfortable on a 43 cm bike.

not to ask the obvious, why not take her into a couple bike shops and have her try out some bikes in different sizes? that's the easiest way to figure out fit.

otherwise, without her inseam you're going to have a really hard time figuring out what size bike she needs.

rt
Same size here. Plus a little advice and only a teeny rant..theBreeze
Jan 29, 2003 11:14 AM
Same height (well, maybe I got you by a half inch) and I ride a 50 cm c-t Gunnar Roadie.

Regarding the opinions about getting something not too expensive. If this woman is truly interested in riding and if you put her on some cheap POS with crappy components she going to HATE it. You would just be setting her up for failure. Then all you guys can point and say "I told you so" and "Aren't chicks a pain." Geesh.

If this guy was an enthusuastic newbie posting about getting himself a bike you would be urging him to spend at LEAST a grand and maybe even more. Get her something nice, ride WITH her at a resonable pace to start and take the time to teach her the ins and outs of road riding. (And not just inseam measurement. Actually, I recall a similar situation when I asked my husband to measure mine. ;)

I read frequest posts here from people who want their Companionship Units to ride too. If that's what you really want, take the time to do it well. Treat her as YOU would expect to be treated if you showed interest in a new sport. You wouldn't put a rookie tennis player on a court with the Williams sisters and say "Have a good time honey." So don't take her out with your fast group, or on some "easy 50-miler" her first couple times out. Maybe that's obvious, but I have heard some true horror stories.

We all know how fantastic riding can make us feel and what it adds to our lives. Wouldn't it make you feel great to pass that on to someone?
well said!_rt_
Jan 29, 2003 12:26 PM
I thought the exact same thing. she's obviously interested because she's "whining" about getting into riding (not exactly a flattering description of her desire to join you in something you enjoy). while it might be overkill to be looking at bikes for $3K, steering her toward a "girlfriend bike" is pretty insulting. when i worked at an LBS it never ceased to amaze me & the other female employees how many guys would come in and say i want my girlfriend/wife to ride with me but i don't want to spend any money on a bike for her.

take her with you. try out bikes at a decent price with decent components. find one that fits. she will love you & the bike for your efforts.

rt
i'm gonna print this out...velocity
Jan 29, 2003 2:59 PM
to remind me about the right approach to encouraging the SO. Thank you.
measure inseam; repeat if you failcyclopathic
Jan 29, 2003 6:23 AM
If she has long legs she may need as big as 52cm and if legs are short as little as 45. 48 is a good guess. Colorado Cyclist has a fitting instruction here's the link http://www.coloradocyclist.com/bikefit/
re: Female Companionship Unit begging for bike; what size?msmootsiemartin
Jan 29, 2003 6:44 AM
I am 5'3" and have been riding an original Merlin for about 6 years now. It is a 49 cm c-t. Before that, I was riding a Trek 47 cm c-c. They were very similar in size. Make sure you check how each bike company measures their frames...it will make a difference in the numbers. Good luck!
Go to a good LBSPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Jan 29, 2003 6:47 AM
Just go to a local bike shop even if your not planning on buying it. For the most part bike stores are not commision so if you state you are just trying to size her for a bike they might. Then in gratitude just frequent them when you need something. Bike size has so much more to do than just frame size... it includes stem length, saddle position and so on and its easy to make a big bike fit small but almost impossible to make a small bike fit big.

Hope this helps,
Nick
PodiumBound.ca
Fit ideasfracisco
Jan 29, 2003 8:59 AM
To get yourself in the ballpark, check the following:

http://www.wrenchscience.com - fit guide

http://www.zinncycles.com/ - click on FIT

http://www.coloradocyclist.com - go to the FIT section

Get a centimeter cloth tape measure, measure three times, and go to town.
could be a bug in the software nmBruno S
Jan 29, 2003 11:32 AM
re: Female Companionship Unit begging for bike; what size?crewman
Jan 29, 2003 3:05 PM
I am trying to do the same thing for my wife. Theres no problem with size (my wife is 5'10") just that she really feels uncomfortable on bars with drops. She would like to have a straight bar.

I thought I could put together a type of Hybrid performance bike using some of the left over Campy Daytona ten speed parts i have from a bike upgrade. I'll try to find a sloping top tube frame. What do you think?
re: Female Companionship Unit begging for bike; what size?Sadlebred
Jan 30, 2003 8:32 AM
For reference, I'm 5'3" and ride a 46 cm Casati with a 50.5 cm TT.

Thank heavens my Male Companionship Unit (MCU) already rides. (I'm female and probably more into riding than he is). I don't have to beg him to go ride with me either...

--Sadle