I did not get a WSD bike either. Looked at them, but they did not fit me well. The manager of my LBS spent a lot of time with me fitting me with different bikes. He said the right bike can be adjusted and wasn't concerned a WSD didn't fit.
Interestingly, when I got another bike two years earlier at a different bike shop, they too said I fit better on a man's bike. I'm not even super tall.... 5'6" with a medium frame. So...whatever....I own two men's bikes and I have no issues with them at all.
I agree...get a GOOD specific bike for your needs. I do triathlons...it was tempting to get a triathlon bike, but several people I trust talked me into getting the road bike as I spend more time in group road rides and only do 2-3 triathlons a year. You can add aero bars to go more aerodynamic, which I did but never use. LOL For my level of competition, it just wasn't necessary to go that specific. I love my road bike... I own a Fuji and bought last year's model and got half off.
Best time to buy....December - February (maybe into March, but might be picked over). If you can wait that long. :) Great deals!
I commented on your other post, but I wanted to point out that I also ride a Trek, and it is NOT a WSD. I didn't like the geometry of the women specific design for me.
There are a few other people on this team that will agree with me that hybrids are probably not the way to go for long term (and probably some who will adamently disagree). Instead of getting the benefits of a mountain bike and a road bike, you will get watered down versions of each, and the bike won't perform very well on either trails or the road. You still have your Walmart Special for things a road bike can't handle, and can always change to a more substantial tire if you want to make the bike more versitile. Look at road bike, cyclocross, touring bikes. And test ride everything you can get your hands on!
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interesting. WSD bikes are made for tall and short females. females tend to have a shorter reach due to women having a shorter torso and longer legs typically, but if he measured you and found you to have a longer reach, then maybe you have a longer torso. the trek rep. that goes around an lectures is a tall female, prob 5 10 to 5 11 she said she rides a WSD. every is built differently. and some WSD are just smaller mens bikes. you should be able to trial several bikes and find one to fit, they have a lot more ways to adapt the bike to you when you are taller. let us know what you end up with!
Think a lot about what you'll use the bike for. If you want something just for the road, get a road bike. If you want to ride on roads and trails, a road bike won't cut it-look at hybrids or cycle-cross bikes...
I'll also echo what's been implied already-get on the bikes and try them out. I'm an average height woman and the Trek WSD was WAY too short for me, and the regular Trek felt fine. However, the Specialized WSD frame was quite comfortable. There's a lot of variation in the frame geometries, so don't assume that one type will work for you or not.
I do most of my riding on towpath bike trails, but participate in 3-4 road rides a year. I went with a cycle cross-the Surly Cross Check. It's a workhorse of a bike and I LOVE it!
Good luck with your search. As you go out and try some bikes, repost with questions about the bike you have ridden-someone here will have an opinion about it! :)
depending on what your budget is, cannondale, trek and specialized all have WSD bikes that range in price. if you are okay with aluminum and lower end parts(my boyfriend says 105 components are fine), you should be able to find something under 1,000.
i got really lucky. being 5'1" most bike shops around here ,anyways, dont carry much for a girl to sit on and test ride. my local bike shop (i went to 3 before buying, only 2 had anything near my size) sells specilized, bianchi, BMC and i forget what else. they had the specialized dolce set up size 44 and size 48 and i sat on both and road them around the lot. i already knew i wanted carbon fiber, so was looking at the Ruby and the Amire. the bike fitter/shop owner put me on the bikes on the trainers and looked at several things, one bike felt to big and one too small. he showed me how different stems could be used to change to reach and the rise. i was very worried about fit, as i had two bikes that i bought (one used and one from performance) without being fit and they were both too big.) he knew of a manufacuture that had an xs WSD carbon fiber, campy compenents, but it was a 2008. they didn make 2010 WSD, so it got this bike for 1/2 of what it cost in 2008 and also less than 1/2 price of the same bike in mens size for this year. so i got a very nice bike for way less than what i had set out to pay, and it fits great. i cant believe the difference. be sure you go to a shop that has a fitter that actually will fit the bike to you, more than adjusting the seat. the process will take 1-2 hours.
The Gary Fisher line is a popular bike and the pricing isn't too bad on them (vs. the Trek line of bikes).
Just remember to look at WSD's (Women's Specific Design). They really are built around, and for , a woman. Just keep in mind, a high price tag means nothing more than it's expensive. Though you most indeed do pay for quality, there is that point where you stop paying for quality and start paying for inappreciable differences.
Case in point: I was replacing my water bottles, and cages, a few weeks back and was getting the inexpensive ($12.99) cages. But, the second I mentioned what kind of bike I had, the sales guy immediately said, "With a bike like that, you need these (as he picked up the most expensive cage they had) on that bike." Each cage, just the cage mind you, was $50.00 a pop. Seriously?! A freaking water bottle cage...$50.00?! I politely declined. But I think you see my point.
Get the bike that's right for you, your budget and your body. I would say, go in expecting to pay between $2,000-$4,000 but make sure to do your research and ask, ask, ask questions galore of people whose opinion(s) you trust. Also, when I always find something I like I simply Google "[model and manufacturer of item\device] problems" You'd be surprised at the many results you can sometimes get and all the invaluable input other people have most probably posted out there about the very gadget you're pondering.
Best of luck to you and make sure to let us know what you wind-up with.
Getting ready to buy my first bike and looking forward to being an active part of this group. I'm going to be 42 in September. Mother of two boys, ages 4 & 5, stay at home mom who homeschools. Married 16 years to my college sweetheart. I did a sprint triathlon a few years ago on my husband's Walmart special mountain bike and loved the experience but swore I would buy a better bike one day. Now I have saved up enough and am looking forward to being an active cyclist. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
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