Female bike sizes
May 12, 2010 5:09 PM Subscribe
5'4" to 5'7" female bicyclists, what size frame / gear ratio do you ride?
posted by nathancaswell to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (18 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm going to build a single speed for a friend of mine. It's a surprise so I can't get her on a frame to size out. She's about 5'6". I know there isn't a perfect formula due to leg and torso length, etc, so am looking for a collection of data on what size frames women who are 5' 4" - 5' 7" ride. I'm not interested in mountain bike data. Also not interested in brand recommendations (I'm into bikes and I know what I like). List your height, frame size and whatever other info you feel is pertinent (gear ratio if applicable). She's in shape but isn't a "bike person" so doesn't need to spin a monster gear.
Here is some more info about the bike I plan to build:
- Vintage steel men's road frame, probably something Italian, built as a single speed.
- 700c wheels.
- 170mm cranks.
- something like a 17 degree stem, nothing particularly long.
- Seat post and saddle TBD.
- Gonna be ridden in a flat city. Was thinking 42x17 to start.