Bicycle for small lady

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Philip Benstead
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Bicycle for small lady

Postby Philip Benstead » 21 Dec 2020, 1:58pm

I seeking a bicycle for a small lady.

Her current new bicycle IMHO is too large.
The seat pin was cut down to permite the saddle to be as low as possible on the 14 inch open frame.

With the saddle down she on the balls of both feet but the handalbar are high. If you lower the handalbars in cover the front dynamo light with the basket.

She able successfully ride on my 24 inch wheel folder....


I am looking for 24 inch wheel open frame bike with gears. The colour scheme need to be mature not childlike. Dyanmino lighting would be a plus. It needs to be suitable for mudguards and rack and front basket...

It going to be used by a 70 year old female to go the shop and local acrea. There are some hills in the urban area. I am able to make some alterations to make it fit and work.
Philip Benstead | Life Member Former CTC Councillor/Trustee
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mumbojumbo
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Re: Bicycle for small lady

Postby mumbojumbo » 21 Dec 2020, 4:58pm

Is this a wanted advert?I would suggest a childs bike if she is a titch.

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Re: Bicycle for small lady

Postby rotavator » 21 Dec 2020, 5:13pm

Islabikes Beinn 24 comes in "Charcoal Satin" which looks like grey and mature enough to me. Steeply sloping top tube. Mudguards and rack can be fitted. Janis may also be worth a look but 26" wheel in XS size.

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Re: Bicycle for small lady

Postby pwa » 22 Dec 2020, 7:34am

rotavator wrote:Islabikes Beinn 24 comes in "Charcoal Satin" which looks like grey and mature enough to me. Steeply sloping top tube. Mudguards and rack can be fitted. Janis may also be worth a look but 26" wheel in XS size.

My wife's bike is mainly my own creation but is based around an Islabikes frame and forks. The frames they make for teenagers are a good fit for women who are small or average size. If you can find a second hand one it might be worth a look.....

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Re: Bicycle for small lady

Postby Jamesh » 22 Dec 2020, 6:39pm

If the buyers tight gave a look at Ridgeback Dirk's bikes some are not to girlie nor to heavy and not to expensive either.

Cheers James

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Re: Bicycle for small lady

Postby lescargo » 6 Jan 2021, 2:17pm

Philip -marginal gains!!
You can effectively reduce seat tube size by reverting to old style seat clamp by!!
Put clamp on "upside down"--then the clamp sits under/inside the saddle.
Saves inch/25mm.
Did this when my boys were small.

Confident still have clamp and short "ALLY" seat pin garage.

Soonest in post (foc.) tomorrow. pm. me asap with adresss.
Post is VERY slow-perhaps delivery monday--some staff on furlough -sorting offices only open 8/10am. mon./fri.
Probably quicker get from local " recyke'y'bike".

If you do this, easier, of course to fit on the bench so worthwhile to mark "horizontal" line on existing S/Pin to transfer to new.
Avoids a lot of blind? fumbling about when you cant see the clamp nuts.

Hope this works-lot cheaper than changing bike frame.

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Re: Bicycle for small lady

Postby lescargo » 6 Jan 2021, 2:41pm

Perhaps worthwhile to *post picture of front light to illuminate the problem.
You, have , over the years fitted lots of luggage and know that there's lots of scope to relocate H/lamp or even
small front rack with rack top bag.

According to local ladies suitable small bikes are few and far between-and even scarcer now after last years response
"to get a bike don't get the bus""

* I can't do this

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Re: Bicycle for small lady

Postby UpWrong » 13 Jan 2021, 6:07am

I've just ordered a Squish 26 for my wife who is short with short limbs. I looked at Isla and Frogs bikes before going with Squish. I will have the challenge of adding mudguards, rack, bottle cage, more gears etc but overall the geometry looked sensible and the price is good. Will report back when it arrives.

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Re: Bicycle for small lady

Postby UpWrong » 16 Jan 2021, 7:51am

A review so far of the Squish 26 in the reviews section. I may have screwed up on the sizing. The top tube is long on the 15" frame.

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Re: Bicycle for small lady

Postby Tricyclebell » 22 Jan 2021, 6:30pm

I am 4ft 10 inches and arthritic (age 62) and now ride a teenagers Frog flat bar bike. I prefer the Frog range because they scale the crank length down with the frame size and for my arthritic knees this is essential and also gives me more power on the down stroke. There are too many small bikes with cranks that are too long, no wonder small women are unable to get comfortable on a bike.

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Re: Bicycle for small lady

Postby Philip Benstead » 22 Jan 2021, 7:19pm

Tricyclebell wrote:I am 4ft 10 inches and arthritic (age 62) and now ride a teenagers Frog flat bar bike. I prefer the Frog range because they scale the crank length down with the frame size and for my arthritic knees this is essential and also gives me more power on the down stroke. There are too many small bikes with cranks that are too long, no wonder small women are unable to get comfortable on a bike.


What size wheel do you have?
Has the bike have crossbar?
Philip Benstead | Life Member Former CTC Councillor/Trustee
Organizing events and representing cyclist in southeast since 1988
Bikeability Instructor/Mechanic