The last few years has seen a giant leap for women in cycling, with initiatives such as Breeze in the UK and increased race coverage globally, more and more women are hopping on bikes. As a result, retailers are having to catch up with stocking for ladies. There are far more options on the market now, however, there seems to be an idea that we want girly, ‘safe’ bikes. I have nothing against pink, but really?!
I am a racer who likes to go fast, specialising in Time Trials and fast circuit races. I often prefer the unisex paint jobs and frame designs. However, I am a huge believer in women’s specific bikes, standing at 160cm most ‘unisex’ models have me stretched out and uncomfortable. I have ridden a mix of women’s and unisex bikes finding I need to adjust each one to my specific fit.
So, what is the answer? How do we petit riders find the right bike for us?
As I am currently looking to upgrade my road bike for a racier model, I decided to pull together some of my top picks for women’s mid range aero road bikes:
The option of unisex bikes in not unrealistic but you may have to accept that components such as the handlebars, stem, cranks and saddle may need to be swapped out.
Once you have narrowed it down, it is a good idea to test ride your bike.
Bike fits are a great idea to give you an idea about your position and measurements. Local bike shops can offer a ‘by eye’ service where they can fit you to a bike. In depth fits though tend to cost more due to the nature of the software and specially trained staff.
Be picky, there are a lot of options on the market and with the amount of money spent on bikes it is important to have something that fits you and that you will love to ride! Because after all, that is what it is all about!
Do you have any other suggestions, let me know in the comments below!