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What's the Deal with: Women's Bikes

What's the Deal with: Women's Bikes

We all know that women and men are built differently, and so are their bicycles. If you think about basic gender differences, especially in the pelvis it makes sense.

Here are a some of the elements that tend to be different about bikes designed for women:

  • Saddles: Seat (aka saddles) have shorter "noses" and wider rears.
  • Gear Levers: These tend to be shorter on women's bikes, since women have smaller hands.
  • Handle Bars: The bar tends to be shorter to accommodate the narrowness of women's shoulders.
  • Frame: These tend to be shorter since women have shorter torsos.

All this said, I know many women with lovely broad shoulders and who are taller than many men I know. So you can throw out the gender labels on bicycles. Do think about these things on your bike or bikes that you are test riding. You can build a bike too and pick out your own "peripherals" so the bike is custom to your hand/shoulder/torso size.


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