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I am thinking of buying a used bike on Craigslist... does anyone have any advice for what to look for? There are a couple listed that say "Women's Schwinn" that look good, but I have not had a bike since about 1983 so am not sure what height or size or features I need. I guess I am pretty tall (5'7) and have a large frame, so should I get a men's bike, or what?

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ashbloem
Feb. 24th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
You don't necessarily need a men's bike. 5'7 isn't THAT unusally tall for a lady.

I say you go to a nice bike store. They will give you some pointers on the right size frame for you. Thank them nicely and tell them you are going to think about it. Then use your new-found knowledge to purchase a used one on CraigsList!
ashbloem
Feb. 24th, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
Oh I should also add (and of course we can talk about this in person) that if you haven't ridden for a long time and you think you just want a nice recreational bike, I'd maybe not go for a road bike. A hybrid or commuter bike is all you need. You can always upgrade later if you get really into it!
bollix
Feb. 24th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
Richardson Bike Mart rents bikes and sells pre-owned bikes as well... I think I may go there and rent one to try it out. But yeah, definitely a recreational bike is what I want... I don't plan to be riding up the sides of mountains or anything.
texantart
Feb. 25th, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
At least got to RBM to find out what size bike you need. The people that work there are very friendly & helpful. I'd recommend going to the one in Richardson for this particular need. The people at the location by the lake are a little, um, gruffer. I never feel as comfortable there.
ashbloem
Feb. 26th, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
I live near the lake one and they've always been great. That said, the Richardson one is closer to you so that makes sense anyway!
ginger931
Feb. 25th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
5 foot 2 hobbit with hairy toes says:

You are goddess tall, with a frame to match.

I really have no valuable information...
I just wanted to tell you how pretty you are.
saltytalk
Feb. 25th, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
Yay! I would love to have friends to ride bikes with-I second Richardson bike mart for advice (don't pass out at the prices). Jason bought me my bike for Christmas after I begged for one, if you ever want to try it out just come over and take it out for a spin! Comfortable and easy to ride. It's a Diamondback but beyond that I would have a hard time saying what type it is-that is the drawback to not purchasing it myself I'm afraid and I've never taken the time to get further into it though I would love to...There's something about rolling along past nice scenery and listening to my tunes that is awesome.
peggyblah
Feb. 25th, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)
i always preferred a man's bike, myself, but i think that's because i was really into bike riding as a hating-that-i-was-female teen. also, the one ladies' bike i ever had always seemed to have flat tires, but maybe that was more a problem with the tires than the bike. i've got a 32" inseam so i always went for a large bike, but here's a link about size correlations: http://www.grouptrails.com/bike_size.htm

also, if you (and erin) would like to go biking sometime, i'd love to join in the fun.
ashbloem
Feb. 26th, 2009 04:52 am (UTC)
I think the advice you should take from this is that it really isn't a man vs woman bike issue - it is more of a comfort issue. I've had both and they have been comfortable for different reasons (one time I had a purely "Man's bike" it was simply because I liked how it looked).

The biggest difference I ever experienced in male vs female bikes was ONLY in commuter Amsterdammy-type bikes... If you have seen my Kronan, you will notice the body bar is low and swooping, whereas in male bikes it is straight across. This is primarily to accommodate women's skirts/work clothes. In a place like Dallas, this is not as important. You won't be commuting much (at least at first - you might some day!). Women's American hybrid bikes tend to be not much different from men's, other than having some ratio differences, which for some ladies is more comfortable. So, as I said, whichever you find more comfortable is the one fore you - certainly not required you by one over the other.

It has little to do with embracing your femininity or not. It is purely about comfort. And OF COURSE, if you and Erin and Peggy would like to go biking, Davey & I would ALWAYS love to join. We're going on one in March here - come with! :http://bikefriendlyoc.wordpress.com/2009/02/24/group-ride-the-bonnie-and-clyde-ride/
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