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    Excellent, Minx! Glad you were able to discern...

    Excellent, Minx! Glad you were able to discern the differences in fit and make a good decision. And I still think it is reasonable hold back on the fancier bikes until you've ridden for a couple of...
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    One more thing on fit, the Ruby felt best, but...

    One more thing on fit, the Ruby felt best, but cramped. At least a little?

    Ruby's have high head tubes. The head tube height up front may have made the bike feel bigger than it was. Also, the...
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    I've only bought bikes that I loved from all...

    I've only bought bikes that I loved from all aspects. Never bought one I was unsure of.

    No idea what is going on with the handlebars. Bars are easy to replace, but it sounds like something else is...
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    This Raleigh with 105 components is upright,...

    This Raleigh with 105 components is upright, within budget, and blue. :)

    [url]http://www.raleighusa.com/merit-3[/url

    Just another suggestion. ;)
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    You might need scaled down handlebars, like a lot...

    You might need scaled down handlebars, like a lot of women, but it doesn't affect bike size, really. (or, well, just reread what you wrote. Maybe not!).

    For an offset versus straight seat post,...
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    It's very difficult to compare sizes between...

    It's very difficult to compare sizes between different people, and bikes. Bikes fit a range of people. I didn't want to get too complicated, but I ride a much larger bike than my inseam suggests...
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    Any of the components will be fine. Everyone...

    Any of the components will be fine. Everyone always says buy the best you can afford. Definitely avoid over-spending. It's too bad they don't have a rim-brake Tiagra model. That would be a better...
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    This bike is also very relaxed, and the entry...

    This bike is also very relaxed, and the entry price at $660.00 is a lot lower than Specialized.

    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/bikes/model/defy.5/22177/83959/

    The $920.00 model:

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    I'm 5'7" with long legs and arms and a short...

    I'm 5'7" with long legs and arms and a short torso, and prefer men's bikes because they tend to be 'stiffer' and have more power transfer (so less sluggish). In most brands, the max size women's bike...
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