Ladies bikes,

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by woodbutcher, 16 Apr 2018.

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  1. woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

    Location:
    S W France
    A t the risk of displaying my total ignorance regarding the subject l would like to know if women still ride so called "ladies bikes" ?
    Not just idle curiosity because l have seen (local to me in France) a really nice Motobecane example 30725901_10216033881790273_5151597269056749568_n.jpg
     
  2. s7ephanie

    s7ephanie middle of nowhere in France

    Yes x i see lots here in my part of france
     
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  3. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Location:
    Accra, Ghana
    Plenty of men ride them down here.
     
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  4. Rooster1

    Rooster1 Hornblower

    Take a trip to Oxford - lots and lots in daily use.
     
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

    Location:
    S W France
    Oh yeah....what sort of men are we talking about ?
     
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  6. BSOh

    BSOh Senior Member

    Location:
    Ceredigion
    I'd love an older ladies racing frame, but they're all massive. At 5 foot 1 I think the reach would be a tad too much on the smallest I've seen. And if I was taller a nice vintage mixte would be my bike of choice (although I know this isn't necessarily women specific)

    I'm just in the middle of building up a cheap modern ladies hybrid frame. It's a size small (I'm an xs) but as its a step through and relaxed geo then its not too bad a fit. It will do its job but it's very underwhelming.
     
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  7. mikeymustard

    mikeymustard Über Member

    There's loads of the yoga mums round here riding pretend dutch bikes (and a coupla quite nice steelies) with a wicker basket on, cos it's trendy and "hipster".

    Which I would be really scornful of if I wasn't also happy to see people on bikes...;)

    I've got an old motobecane ladies' frame stuffed down the side of my house in disrepair; I ought to do something with it really
     
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  8. queasyrider

    queasyrider Still perplexed

    With sloping top tube design they are becoming less popular/necessary. I see no problem with men riding traditional "ladies" bikes. Two wheels and a frame is all you need.

    I renovated an old Claud Butler mixte last year, and rode it a few times before selling it on. Lovely bike to ride.

    I am not sure if I read somewhere that mixtes were not initially designed as specific ladies bikes.
     
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  9. mustang1

    mustang1 Veteran

    Location:
    London, UK
    Nice bike. I would ride it without problem.

    Ps. I wonder why we have separate men's and women's showers and changing rooms.
     
  10. Reynard

    Reynard Veteran

    Location:
    Cambridgeshire, UK
    I would if I could, but at 4ft 11, I'm too short for most ladies' frames, even the XS ones. :sad:

    So I ride junior bikes instead. If I was taller, I'd have so much more choice... :cry:
     
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  11. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    I have the opposite problem... unless I bought in Holland I’d struggle to get one big enough

    Women’s road frames seem to be aimed at women 5’0 to 5’8 or thereabouts (at least a few years back)
     
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

    Location:
    S W France
    Sweet :smile:
     
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    woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

    Location:
    S W France
    Do as l did many years ago, I used to row in a four for Norwich RC. and after a particularly tough training session not being quite "with it "l wandered into the women,s changing/shower room instead of the mens :wub: Believe me l was left in no doubt as to why male and female facilities are separate :wacko:
     
  14. BoldonLad

    BoldonLad Über Member

    Location:
    South Tyneside
    I have no idea of the actual numbers buying/riding them, but, my wife recently bought (well, I bought, for her) a Liv (Giant), hybrid with that style of frame. She is very happy with it.
     
  15. Reynard

    Reynard Veteran

    Location:
    Cambridgeshire, UK
    When I was looking for a roadie, I did try, but the frames were just too tall. Yes, I could probably ride them, but it's the stopping / starting / coming to a junction that's the problem. If I get it wrong and don't tilt the bike to the side, then *ouch* :surrender: (I have practical experience there - which I don't care to repeat...)

    I ride a 38cm frame on 650c wheels, which is bang on for me. :blush:

    Am looking at a hybrid made by the same peeps.
     
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