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What size bike would any recommend for someone 5'1?

boist22boist22 Posts: 16
edited May 2009 in Women
Hi,

I am only 5ft1 and wondering whether anyone could advise about what size bike to get?

Has anyone had to buy a kids bike? Or would a 14" bike be ok?

Thanks

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  • Chaz.HardingChaz.Harding Posts: 3,228
    Haha, I just wrote a reply to an almost identical question! You should try some bikes out to find the best fit.

    People have all different size arms, legs and torso's, so untill you a try a few out, you won't know what size to get!!

    Sorry!
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  • Mrs ToastMrs Toast Posts: 636
    I'm 5ft 2, and I tend to suit 14/15" bloke's frames, and 15/16" women's frames (my first bike was a 14" Trek WSD, which is actually a bit short for me). As Bigchaz said, it's worth trying out a few different brands and sizes. I don't think you need to resort to kids' bikes, I know Specialized do the Myka hardtails in a 13" if you did need smaller.
  • Chaz.HardingChaz.Harding Posts: 3,228
    Specialized are a pretty awesome brand (not that I'm biased :wink: ). Their bikes are all top-notch, and they have the 'body geometry' guys and gals who size people up for bikes professionally. Even if you don't want a full consultation, it's worth seeking their advice, as they can tell you reasonably accurately if you fit the bike!
    Boo-yah mofo
    Sick to the power of rad
    Fix it 'till it's broke
  • Mrs ToastMrs Toast Posts: 636
    Specialized are a pretty awesome brand (not that I'm biased :wink: ). Their bikes are all top-notch, and they have the 'body geometry' guys and gals who size people up for bikes professionally. Even if you don't want a full consultation, it's worth seeking their advice, as they can tell you reasonably accurately if you fit the bike!

    I know the Specialized Concept Store was awesome for me - when they got in my Stumpjumper, they made sure that I was comfortable with it before I had to part with any cash (apart from a deposit). Got popped on the turbo trainer, rode it around the car park, got my censored measured for a ladies saddle. Swapping to the equivalent ladies saddle was included in the price. Woot!
  • SpinningJennySpinningJenny Posts: 889
    +1 for Specilialized!

    I'm (hopefully) making a purchase tomorrow :D

    They do make a good range of sizes - you will definitely find something that fits! And either a Specialized store or a LBS that specialises in them will be really, really helpful. i'm 5'3" (just) so know what you mean about the sizing...

    Not baised, me... :wink:
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