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    road bike for female

    My wife is 4'9" (she claims to be 4'10") and believes she may want to try road biking. I'm going to try and get her to Buck's and BSS this week but I'd like to hear about frame style and wheel size preferences.

    Does the frame dictate 650 or 700 wheels or are they interchangeable to rider preference? Will a compact frame like my Giant TCR make a better fit for a petite rider or is that an irrelevant factor?

    Iíll trust the bike shops to give good advice but Iíd like to hear a riders opinion.
    Thanks

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    I bought a road bike 3 days ago at BSS north from Adam. I got great service. Earlier that day I went to University Cyclery and got fabulous service from Aaron. I think I spent 2 hours in each shop and got undivided attention. They also held my baby while I tested the bikes. Cool huh? I am not petite but I bought a 50cm Specialized Allez compact geometry. Trek and Airborne make a nice smaller bike for petite gals, they have 650cm wheels. Might be a good fit for your wife.

    I enjoyed a 35 mile ride this morning myself. I am glad I stepped over to the dark side. Don't get me wrong, I am not permanent there.
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    Originally posted by DirtFace
    Specialized Allez
    they have 650cm wheels.
    Don't get me wrong, I am not permanent there.
    She is looking at the same model, and the Sequoia. It looks like she'll need a 43 or 44 frame so that will limit choices. The guy at BSS said the 650 wheels would work well but riders may prefer 700s, making the bike harder to sell.

    I plan on riding a fair amount of mtb this year as well. I was about 98% road last year but am adding mtb and jogging. It's all fun.

    Have you found a group of women to ride with "on road"? I meant to ask at BSS but forgot.

    Thanks for the reply.

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    Originally posted by whoa
    Have you found a group of women to ride with "on road"? I meant to ask at BSS but forgot.
    The same group of mountain bike chicks I ride with (and have for a couple years) did the *cross over* bought road bikes and are enhancing the mountain biking with the road rides. Some are doing the Danskin, MS 150, Rosedale Ride (65 miles) and racing mountain bikes. We're all friends and love to ride bikes. Today we did 35 miles and was really really fun. If you PM me your email I will email you or your wife when we ride. A couple of us have just hit the road in the last couple weeks with new bikes, including myself.

    That Sequoia is nice. Yeah those 650 wheels are small compared to the 700's. University has a nice Giant with compact geometry.

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    My girlfriend just got a Giant TCR2 in January. She is about 5'1.5" and got the small frame. The way Giant fits people is with different sized aero seat posts. For my girlfriend, the smallest post they had was too long so they had to order a normal round post for her that is pretty short.

    I think University Cyclery has a 45cm Airborne on display...

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    I'm 5'0", otherwise known as "tall enough" and I ride a Specialized 44 or 46 with 700 wheels. I tried the Trek OCLV with 650 wheels and didn't like the feel. But if you wife isn't already use to 700s, she'll probably find a better fit on a bike with 650 wheels. A friend of mine is 4'11" - 5'0" and road races and switched from a bike with 700 wheels to 650s and loves it.

    One thing I recommend for new road riders is to use 26 or larger tires. They make the ride a little more cushy compared to 23 tires.

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    Good tip, never even considered getting a wider tire. If you are on a 44 with 700s, she can probably end up with something along those lines. Thanks for the info.

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