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View Poll Results: How tall are you?

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  • 5-0 or shorter

    31 8.09%
  • 5-1

    26 6.79%
  • 5-2

    27 7.05%
  • 5-3

    41 10.70%
  • 5-4

    54 14.10%
  • 5-5

    37 9.66%
  • 5-6

    45 11.75%
  • 5-7

    48 12.53%
  • 5-8 or 5-9

    48 12.53%
  • 5-10 or taller

    26 6.79%
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  1. #1
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    Jul 2006
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    How tall are you? (Women only, please)

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    How tall are you?

    At 5-1, I don’t think my height is that uncommon. It may be shorter than the US average of 5-4, but my area (Southern California) is about as ethnically diverse as you can ask for, and I see many female cyclists around my size.

    From observations and anecdotes – purely unscientific, I assure you – I noticed that my shorter climbing compatriots find the Specialized Ruby to be the favorite (including myself). Off the top of my head, I can name 5-6 KOM-type short women who ride the Ruby Pro or S-Works.

    I have also noticed that my female racing teammates tend to be taller (on average). Most of them are taller than 5-5 and choose to go with non-WSD bikes: i.e. Specialized Tarmac over the Ruby; Cannondale System 6 over the Synapse Feminine...

    I’m curious to know what is the “real” marketplace for women’s bikes and accessories. I have had trouble finding small bikes that fit and have talked to quite a few women in the same boat.

    Are bike manufacturers out of touch with their customers or are there really so few short women outside of my area?

    P.S. Sorry if this has already been asked. I did a search but couldn't find anything.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
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    I am 5'2" and a few tenths of an inch. I ride a Cannondale Synapse Feminine, I can't even find a men's bike for commuting that will fit.
    Amanda

    2011 Specialized Epic Comp 29er | Specialized Phenom | "Marie Laveau"
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  3. #3
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    May 2006
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    5'6 Specialized Allez

  4. #4
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    Feb 2007
    Location
    Southeast Idaho
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    5'8"
    Shoe size 10.5-11
    I like being tall except for when I shop for clothes and shoes.
    I ride a Specialized Ruby Comp, frame size 54 cm. Women's specific. Professional bike fitter says that is is "just right".
    It's easier to find men's stuff - bikes and shoes - than women's in my size. I had to purchase men's Sidi's.
    Last edited by Flybye; 05-09-2008 at 09:53 AM.

  5. #5
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    Aug 2006
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    5'6". For the most part I can fit on both women's bikes & men's bikes.

  6. #6
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    Oct 2006
    Location
    Salt Lake City, UT
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    4'10"...tell me about finding an adult bike
    I ride a Lightspeed Bella XS - 650 wheels. I really like it, but did have to switch to flat bars because I didn't feel I had control with drops.

    I am trying to find a new commuter. I was looking at the 44cm Volpe, but decided the standover height was too much of an obstacle. The reach felt great, but when I had to make a 'defensive' stop on my current commuter, I realized I would have been in trouble with the Volpe. I have decided to wait out the Soma mixte and hope I can get one of the first (they said only 60 will be produced in the first round)...

  7. #7
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    May 2006
    Location
    Hillsboro, OR
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    I'm the average of 5'4", but I have extra short legs and a long torso. If they made men's bikes small enough for me, I wouldn't need a WSD. It's just rare to find a stock men's bike smaller than a 48cm, so I have to buy WSD and make my own alterations until I can afford to go custom.
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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Seattle
    Posts
    119
    5'8- ride a Cannondale WSD, R-series, frame size 56. Men's bikes do not even come close to fitting me- the top tube is too long.

  9. #9
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    Jul 2005
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    IL/FL
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    I'm 5'10" and ride a 56cm Trek 1500 WSD.

    On my commuter (Trek 7.5FX) I don't mind the wide bars but on my road bike I need a narrower grip to accommodate my torn rotator cuff, the 1500 has been a great bike for me.

  10. #10
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    Jul 2006
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    Quote Originally Posted by GLC1968 View Post
    I'm the average of 5'4", but I have extra short legs and a long torso. If they made men's bikes small enough for me, I wouldn't need a WSD. It's just rare to find a stock men's bike smaller than a 48cm, so I have to buy WSD and make my own alterations until I can afford to go custom.

    Yep, I'm like you, but 5'5". Long torso...short lets. My current bike is 48cm, not women's specific. When I got a fitting done in Feb. only very minor adjustments needed to be made. The fitter said I had things dialed in pretty well.
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  11. #11
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    Oct 2007
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    i'm 5' 2" and a half, so i just round up.
    i have a Trek 1000 WSD bike. i didn't do quite the serious shopping i should have, and should my interest continue i will likely shop around for another bike in a year or so. but so far, my little trek has done OK by me.
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  12. #12
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Rochester, NY
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    I'm 5'6 with a short upper torso. Finally ended up with a 51cm Ruby, MUCH better than the 52cm Roubaix I started on.
    -Emily

  13. #13
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    Mar 2008
    Location
    The Dalles, OREGON
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    5'6 1/2 here....(I voted 5'7 tho)

    Med torso...Long legged my bike: 54cm Trek 1600 WSD
    DeAnna

    Never take life seriously.
    Nobody gets out alive anyway

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
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    67.9 inches per my bike fit laser measurement.

    Longish legs, not stilts by any means. Realy long arms & broad shoulders.
    I looked for a WSD, but many were too small. I've enjoyed my Felt Z65 - bought it before they came out with their W series. That said, I think it hates hills... I feel like it wants to stop every time I start a climb. Loads easier to blame the bike than my legs & lungs, eh?

  15. #15
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    Sep 2007
    Location
    Uncanny Valley
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    5'3", 50 cm Cannondale Synapse Feminine
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