I am about to give back the bike I borrowed from my brother for the summer, and I want to buy my very first bike as an adult. This has turned out to be annoying and difficult. I'm now used to riding a hybrid which has me leaning forward a bit, and that's about all I know about it, so I guess I want something similar.
1. Size! I went to four bike shops today, and only one of them had bikes small enough for me (and those started at $400). I'm about 5'2", and two bike shops told me I need a 14" frame, though a third had me trying out 15" frames with low enough top bars that they worked just fine anyway.
2. Price! I am astonished by how expensive bikes are nowadays! Before I started looking, I thought I wanted to spend about $100. Ha. The cheapest reasonable bike at a local store so far has been $350. I've since adjusted my expectations, and am trying to decide if I should just bite the bullet and order this bike
for $240 (wish I could find more reviews of the brand, though). I just hate the idea of spending more than that on a bike that's likely to just end up getting stolen anyway, especially since I need to buy helmet and lock and lights on top of that.
(A friend suggested ordering this one
instead, but I fail to see how that's not just spending an extra $60 for the honor of having to buy my own kickstand separately once it arrives.)
Now, since I doubt one of you will just happen to have a used bike that fits me that you're willing to sell, my real question is:
Where in NYC should I go shopping for low-end but safe-enough bikes that actually fit short women? Is there some sort of special for-short-people bike store in the area? A used bike store that caters to short cyclists, explicitly or coincidentally? Good times of week to check out used bike stores in the area for shorter bikes? Any help or advice?
Thanks for any help. I'm so sick of wasting my time with stores that think I'm too short and/or too poor to ride a bike!