Female riders are you on female bikes?

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Female riders are you on female bikes?

Postby p1tse » Mon Apr 29, 2013 20:09 pm

Female riders are you on female bikes?

What's the main difference with female bikes?

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Re: Female riders are you on female bikes?

Postby Wirral_Paul » Mon Apr 29, 2013 20:35 pm

Well i'm not female, but they seem to have shorter top tubes for a given sized frame, come with female specific saddles......... and come with god-awful flowery graphics!! :D
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Re: Female riders are you on female bikes?

Postby Mikey41 » Mon Apr 29, 2013 20:45 pm

It seems most have no setback on the seatposts and shorter stems and often shorter top tubes as said above.
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Re: Female riders are you on female bikes?

Postby TakeTurns » Mon Apr 29, 2013 20:55 pm

Not to mention, they're relatively more expensive to 'unisex' bikes

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Re: Female riders are you on female bikes?

Postby Calpol » Mon Apr 29, 2013 21:08 pm

Wider saddles, generally. Having just ordered a bike for Mrs Calpol I can testify that the flowers, general pinkness and alleged female geometry do seem to add to the cost of the bike. Thats why I have ordered the male version of the Cannondale Synapse.

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Re: Female riders are you on female bikes?

Postby Ka12 » Mon Apr 29, 2013 21:31 pm

I'm female and ride a women's Cannondale Synapse 105 - I tried both male and female bikes before buying and opted for the women's as longer legs with shorter arms.

Fortunately the women's Cannondale Synapse 105 is not particularly girly and has no flowers on it :) I got it for a good price and not much difference to the spec/price - my saddle is the first thing on the bike to be changed though!

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Re: Female riders are you on female bikes?

Postby Oxo » Mon Apr 29, 2013 21:42 pm

I'm very interested in this subject at the moment, as I'm trying to help my better half find a reasonable spec lightweight carbon road-bike.

Genuine WSF bikes seem to come with shorter top-tubes than men's frames in comparable sizes, the bars are narrower and saddles slightly wider. The shortening of the top-tube can result in severe toe-overlap so the smaller frame sizes sometimes have 650c wheels to try to alleviate this. Apparently this is because women have, on average, a shorter torso but longer legs than men.

From what I've read though, for many women an off-the peg men's/unisex frame in the correct size should be fine, just requiring a saddle swap and playing around with stem length if necessary - she's going to test ride the Lapierre Sensium 200 CP in 49cm (she's 5' 5") and see how she gets on anyway.

As an aside, I would be interested to know if female professional cyclists have WSF frames made up?
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Re: Female riders are you on female bikes?

Postby cheaterkiller » Mon Apr 29, 2013 22:33 pm

Womans bicycles are a bit faster than mens. I know its not conclusive proof coz I couldnt see what type of bike she was on, but a woman overtook me the other day.
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Postby jibberjim » Tue Apr 30, 2013 06:33 am

Oxo wrote:Apparently this is because women have, on average, a shorter torso but longer legs than men.


This is not true, MEN have shorter torsos and longer legs in the UK.
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Re: Female riders are you on female bikes?

Postby marylogic » Tue Apr 30, 2013 07:19 am

My Orbea is getting on a bit, rather like me.

When I got it 7 years ago I got the women's specific version and it didn't cost any extra, although I would have paid extra if required
If you're going to spend all that money surely it's best to get the ideal geometry?
I have niggly back issues I would spend my entire time wondering if it was the bike if I had got the men's version.

I quite fancy the orbea dama blt for my next bike - it is only £40 more than the men's version which doesn't seem that unreasonable given economies of scale.

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Postby jibberjim » Tue Apr 30, 2013 07:29 am

marylogic wrote:If you're going to spend all that money surely it's best to get the ideal geometry?
I have niggly back issues I would spend my entire time wondering if it was the bike if I had got the men's version.


Whilst on average there is a small difference between men and women in the UK (although for the UK and the reason given for the different geometries it would be the MEN on WSD and women on Mens...) there's more difference in general between individuals. Looking at the average isn't useful.

Sit bones and shoulder width there's a larger difference though - so a different seat and handlebars will likely be indicated.
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Postby Carbonator » Tue Apr 30, 2013 07:39 am

jibberjim wrote:
Oxo wrote:Apparently this is because women have, on average, a shorter torso but longer legs than men.


This is not true, MEN have shorter torsos and longer legs in the UK.


Oh bugger, have I got to buy a pink bike with flowers on then :lol:

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Re: Female riders are you on female bikes?

Postby hjghg5 » Tue Apr 30, 2013 07:48 am

All my bikes are mens bikes. I've changed the saddle on some of them, and I've swopped the stem on some but it's just a case of working out how to tweak each of them rather than there being a standard list of things I need to do to get them to fit me.

One of them still has flowers on it though - a planet x nanolight in guru team colours :D

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Re: Female riders are you on female bikes?

Postby diy » Tue Apr 30, 2013 08:32 am

My mrs is 5'10 and she rides a man's bike with a softer saddle, shorter and upside down stem.

A lot of wimins bikes are a bit of a rip off though. Worse in MTB, priced for the model up, spec'd for the model down.

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Postby singletrackanne » Tue Apr 30, 2013 09:16 am

I am 5'4" and ride a female road bike (Trek Domane) and a unisex MTB.
The ladies road bike has a shorter stem, slimmer bars with a shorter reach and a ladies saddle but otherwise the geometry is very similar to the mens. It cost the same as the mens bike, and does not have flowers or any pink graphics. The biggest advantage I found with the ladies bike was the smaller drop bars - My smaller hands did not reach the levers on larger bars.
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Re: Female riders are you on female bikes?

Postby Redhog14 » Tue Apr 30, 2013 09:28 am

Speaking for my other half who has owned more bicycles than she can remember (on account of having many of the nicked!) she to my knowledge has never bought a female specific bike. Reason she cites is that they are often down spec'd from the male version so she just buys the smaller frame sizes.

Currently has two road bikes, one CX and three MTBs' only concession she makes is to fit the same female specific saddle to each of them. She is 5'7" or thereabouts.
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Re: Female riders are you on female bikes?

Postby jane90 » Tue Apr 30, 2013 09:42 am

I have a men's bike, but fitted with 38cm handlebars and a women's specific saddle. Steve Hogg wrote a couple of interesting articles on the subject here and here.

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Postby Carbonator » Tue Apr 30, 2013 14:12 pm

Do any females wear mens bib shorts/tights?
Without being too detailed, if there are no boobie issues and they generally fit, is the pad going to be a problem?

I got an extra small pair of DHB Roubaix bib tights for my daughter or possibly my wife depending on size.

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Re: Female riders are you on female bikes?

Postby Ka12 » Tue Apr 30, 2013 16:01 pm

I have a pair of the men's DHB bib tights and no issue with the pads, women's cycling clothing seems to only be available in small sizes for those with no bust whatsoever!

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Re: Female riders are you on female bikes?

Postby ToeKnee » Tue Apr 30, 2013 16:08 pm

Ka12 wrote:I have a pair of the men's DHB bib tights and no issue with the pads, women's cycling clothing seems to only be available in small sizes for those with no bust whatsoever!

So, you're saying men's DHB bib tights have more room to accommodate an ample bust? :wink:
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