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The Reluctant Cyclist(6 posts)

The Reluctant CyclistSkaterGal
Jul 19, 2003 11:24 AM
I am an avid skater. I also run and lift a bit. I know that for the overall fitness of my legs there is the final frontier for me, cycling. I wasn't much of a bike rider as a kid and gave mountain biking a try last year. I hated it. The bike didn't fit right and the gears were akward for my small hands. Biking any sort of incline is a big challenge for me and I skate hills all the time! I'm ready to give road biking a shot though. I think I will enjoy the relative absence of logs, rocks and sand on the road. Also, I'm tired of bikers passing me like I'm standing still, while skating. At 4'11", I am wondering what a good entry level road bike for me would be that is under $1,000. I wouldn't mind buying a used one. Once I decide to do something, I commit myself, so I don't want something that I will be unhappy with in six months. Any suggestions? COMFORT & FIT are my biggest issues or I will throw it in front of a bus and walk home! I'm a bit of a Prima Donna, no?
re: The Reluctant CyclistTheJoker
Jul 19, 2003 11:53 AM
go to a bike shop and have them find what size frame fits you best. then go on eBay and see what you can find within your budget. as it will be a small [uncommon] size you should be able to pick up something pretty damn sweet for that price. if you go to a shop and just buy it - it may fit marginally better but you won't get the same bang for your buck...
There are womans specific road bikesDave Hickey
Jul 19, 2003 2:35 PM
Trek and other make womans specific road bikes. Try a Trek dealer.
Maybe I can answer some questions for you.......abicirider
Jul 19, 2003 2:45 PM
Dont want to take up all the room here but I have a good back ground in womens bikes and fittings that is actualy why Dan Empfield and myself started the Quintana Roo bike line back in 1988 it reaklly had nothing to do with Tri geometrey it was because we were getting a womens team togther.
Its a lot to tell you if you want you can email me at and I will be more than happy to answer any questions I can also I'm very short about 5'4" I have a handbuilt steel frame with ultegra 8speed group and 650 wheels that might fit you real nice it has a short 51cm top tube
anyways feel free to email me.
Be Safe Out On The Roads!!!!!!
Ray Still
Mooresville, NC
You in NJ? I'd be happy to be your biking buddy. ;-) (nm)newridr
Jul 19, 2003 3:59 PM
At your size...empacher6seat
Jul 21, 2003 12:06 AM
You might be able to find some sweet closeout sales online. Go to a bike shop and get sized, then start browsing! Buying used is always a good idea. This website has a classified section you can check out.