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Women's Road Bikes (specifically Raleighs)(2 posts)

Women's Road Bikes (specifically Raleighs)chelley007
May 25, 2003 4:38 PM
Has anyone had any experience with the Raleigh Capri Women's Road Bike? I tried it out along with the Trek 1200, Specialized and the Giant OCR 2 and really liked it. However, I cannot find any reviews on it. Does anyone recommend Women's specially designed bikes or is it alot of hype? Thanks.
re: Women's Road BikeslittleMoots
May 25, 2003 6:50 PM
Sorry, but I have no experience with Raleigh bikes. I did however ride a Trek WSD (2000) for awhile.

I wouldn't say that women specific frames are hype as women's proportions are different from men's. But, you have to compare your body proportions to what they call typical male and female proportions.

If you are short but have a long torso and arms, maybe all you need is a compact frame. If however, you have short legs, torso, and arms, then maybe a women specific frame would work for you. Also, you may want to consider a bike with 650 cc wheels if you are very short.

In my case Trek's WSD frame didn't work because although I am very short, I have a long torso and very long femurs.

So forget what the bike is labelled, and go test ride the bikes you are interested in. Try to make the test ride longer than the usual five minute parking lot ride. You often can't tell under those conditions if a bike really fits.

Good luck.