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You'll love our selection of Women's bikes and accessories, including ladies mountain bikes,
road bikes and vintage bicycles with baskets.
So whether you're the sporty type, or just want a bicycle for the daily commute,
we have something for every type of lady
All bikes subject to availability
Comfort Bikes -
When you walk into a bike shop, the vast majority of bikes you'll
see are designed around the proportions of the average man.
Women are built differently.
On average, women have shorter torsos, shorter arms,
and longer legs than a man of the same height.
Women's hands and feet are smaller, and shoulders are narrower.
And - no surprises here - women's hips are wider.
All of these differences can affect the way a bike fits, feels, and handles.
Road Bikes -
Bob's Bikes has bikes designed from the ground up
to fit a woman, rather than a man
WOMEN'S SPECIFIC BIKES -
intentionally designed bikes to fit female proportions better
Mountain Bikes -
So...what makes a bike Women's Specific? Different bike manufacturers, understandably, have different approaches to designing a Women's Specific bicycle. Some modify a stock "unisex" frame by changing to a shorter stem, smaller handlebars, shorter cranks, and a wider saddle. Others take a more comprehensive approach, actually designing their Women's Specific frames differently - often with a shorter top tube, a more relaxed head tube angle, a taller head tube, and perhaps a slightly steeper seat tube angle.
Shortening the top tube decreases the reach between the saddle and the handlebars - the most common problem for female cyclists due to our shorter torsos. Just shortening the top tube, though, can lead to other problems - less stable handling and increased toe overlap - unless other modifications are made. Relaxing the head tube angle slightly moves the front wheel further forward, so that toe overlap is less likely. A relaxed head tube angle also lengthens the wheelbase slightly, which makes for more stable steering. A taller head tube and steeper seat angle make it easier to accomplish a shorter top tube - minimizing toe overlap and at the same time increasing comfort by reducing neck and upper body strain (taller head tube), and taking advantage of a woman's longer femurs (steeper seat angle).
Besides frame geometry, many other modifications can be made to a bicycle to make it more user-friendly for a woman:
- the handlebars can be smaller (narrower, shallower drop, and shorter reach) and the stem can be shorter and/or more upright, to further reduce the reach to the bars.
- the brakes and shifters can be sized for smaller hands
- the saddle can be wider in the rear to accommodate a woman's wider sit bones ("ischial tuberosities, if you want to be fancy!") and perhaps have a cutout to prevent soft tissue damage.
- the weight and stiffness of the materials used can be altered to better suit a lighter-weight rider
- smaller wheels and tyres (such as 650C) can be used to prevent toe-wheel overlap
- and of course the bike can be painted in a different color scheme!