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#1 lehmaye

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 04:34 AM

Okay, so I am approximately 4'10 and looking to buy my first "adult" bike. I live in New York City, and want to be able to ride around on streets instead of driving all the time, so I need a bike with high handlebars and a basket in the front as well as maybe some compartments on the rack of the back wheel. 

I am proportionate even though I am very petite, and looking for a bike with a frame that fits me. I usually ride my younger sister's childhood bike (she is taller than me) but I can barely reach the pedals. Needless to say, it's time I upgrade.

I don't know anything about what type of bike would be best for everyday commuting in the city, and I'm hoping to be able to know enough about what type of bike I need so i can buy it by March and gradually replace using my car with using my bike. 

So, to sum it up - a bike for a short woman to ride around an urban environment and with room to hold my purse, books, etc.

I appreciate any help and comments!!















#2 64Paramount

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Posted 21 February 2011 - 03:10 PM

You might want to take a look at hybrid style WSD (Women Specific Designed) type bikes. Trek makes WSD bikes as do other brands.

 

There's been several threads about this in the past and I just did a quick search, and found this thread about bikes for shorter women:

 

http://www.cyclingfo...or-short-people 

 

You might be able just to do some searches on the forum and find the info you want. If not, there are a lot of sharp folks here who should be able to point you in the right direction.

 

Test ride a lot of bikes and have fun shopping!


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#3 lehmaye

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 01:53 PM

Thanks!!



#4 ambal

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Posted 27 February 2011 - 02:28 PM

At 4'10 you would be best to get a bike that is specifically designed for females. If you can afford it, one made with a custom made frame would be an even better option.



#5 jermee

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 08:52 PM

Hi there, I had the same problem you had, I am 4'11..only an inch higher than you. I went to my local bicycle shop and got fitted and decided to get a Trek. might want to look up Trek bikes like the Belleville WSD... I personally own a Lexa XS47cm and the size is perfect for my height. =) good luck and I hope you find one that fits!

 

http://www.trekbikes.com/women/wsd_products/bikes/bike_path/bellevillewsd/

 



#6 Sylwia

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Posted 24 May 2011 - 06:36 AM

try Creme Cycles (www.cremecycles.com)



#7 nuliajuk

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 07:41 AM

Georgina Terry bikes are a bit pricey, but they've been made for women - especially small women - right from the start of the company. You could probably get an off the rack Terry that would fit you.

http://www.terrybicy...s/Ready-To-Ride

This one isn't a bad price at all, actually, and it would do the job nicely.

http://www.terrybicy.../Hybrid/Susan-B






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