Women’s Specific Road Bikes: Do You Really Need One?

published on July 20, 2020

Speaker: You asked and we listened I received a message on Instagram asking if we can make a video on women's specific bikes I think it's a great topic to cover and it's a really interesting one too, plus, we love hearing your ideas and suggestions Do women need women's specific bikes? What are the differences between them all and what are my experiences? I'm here to answer all those questions Bikes come in all shapes and sizes just like of people who ride them You can't put 50% of the population in one category purely based on gender, so why do we still have men's and

Women's bikes? Historically, the step-through frame was designed As women riding standard bikes in full-length dresses was highly impractical As clothing styles changed over the decades, we were left with this strong association between frame design and gender In road bikes, you don't really get this design but sometimes the top tube will have more of an extreme slope than say a men's frame would I'm just going to start with my experience of riding bikes, never throughout my professional career have I ever ridden a women's specific

Bike and I never felt like I needed to I've always been comfortable on the bike I've ridden and if you look on the manufacturer's website these bikes are labeled men's Well, at least they're not labeled women's bikes We are also now talking about road bikes, that includes gravel bikes too Bikes with a road-based geometry and drop bars In my opinion, regardless if it's a men's or women's specific bike, there are changes that you need to make to the bike to make it fit you best That could be the saddle, the handlebar weight,

The stand, that sort of thing Regardless of where you get your bike from, you will have to make these changes to make the bike more comfortable for you, so the idea is find the bike that fits you best It doesn't matter how is marketed as long as the geometry fits, it serves the correct purpose and then you can tailor it from there I know when I get a new bike there are a few changes I need to make I'd like to have 38 centimeters bars on there, 138 millimeters stem and 170 cranks but I

Do find it does change a from bike to bike One bike I might be a 49 centimeter and then other bike I might be a 51, it just does change from bike to bike with different manufacturers What makes a woman's specific bike? People come in all shapes and sizes and bike plants have tried to make a varied range of bikes to fit everyone The majority of women have a shorter torso and longer legs than men, also have a narrow shoulders and small hands The main feature on women's bikes is having a smaller frame Having a shorter top tube

Means the reach from the saddle up to the handlebars is a lot less, meaning you can reach the handlebars a lot easier, this could be great for some women I generally have something, I mean I prefer a bit more of a stretched out position I have really long arms or maybe I'm just used to riding race bikes Narrower handlebars also feature on women's bikes, but these can be easily changed Everyone will need different sized handlebars depending on your shoulder weight and what you find

More comfortable A female-specific bike will often come with a female saddle, but this doesn't necessarily mean the saddle will work for you You might need to change it for a saddle that works for you better Frustratingly, women's bikes often come in pink or baby blue Come on, we don't all want pink bikes, stealthy black it's the way to go I do like a metallic bike now like the metallic folks I have, I might go look at them for a bit, be right back

Should female bikes not be labeled something else so men can use them too? Men could be putting off using women's bikes because of the name but some men might be shorter than others, and a woman's bike might be better There is nothing about a woman's specific bikes that should stop a man from using it, maybe the saddle but that can be easily swapped Shorter, smaller men, and maybe teen boys might find that women's bikes are fit them bests At the end of the day, it all comes down to what fits you best, and if it's a

Woman's bike as a man, go ahead and use it Bought arts and best women's teams in the world using, Canyon have a wide range of women's specific bikes The top-end bikes are used by the Canyon and Trimble women team Now we spoke to Canyon and they said it was less about gender and more about finding a bike that fits and handles as well for people of all dimensions Especially people in the smaller end of the spectrum They fit 650b wheels to their triple extra small and their double extra small sizes frames in their women's

Range, catering for riders from a meter and a half upwards I ride a small men's frame, but Emma used to ride the 650b version which you can see here A 650b wheel is a wheel that is slightly smaller than your average road bike wheel The cool thing is Canyon have taken what they've learned and they've applied it to some of their unisex range, like the Inflite and the Grail, meaning now you can get 650b in smaller sizes It's a trend they think will develop into the future, less about gender-specifics

And more choice for riders of all sizes We spoke to Orbea and they said they don't make women's bikes, they make bikes women ride The women who race for Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling use exactly the same Orbea's raced by the men on Foundation Skadi Two-times cross-country world champion, Catharine Pendrel of Clif Pro Cycling Team, never requested a women's bike The most important aspect of custom-fit according to Orbea is at the contact points The components you touch whilst you're riding, Orbea now offer a narrow handlebar to accommodate

For slender shoulders They also have longer and shorter spans to accommodate for shorter torso and longer arms They also have women's specific saddles which tend to fit women better and shorter and longer cranks This follows a trend of producing a whole host of different frames sizes and component options to match riders and their preferences At the end of the day, choose the bike that fits you best Just like people, there are

More to bikes than gender Some women might be more suited to women's bikes, but don't assume you need one Women's specific bikes out of the box might be a good time-saver for a new cyclist on a budget, but remember, we're all different shapes and sizes We're all going to have different shoulder length or different leg length regardless of gender Why not head to your local bike shop and try and get a bike fit or even just sit on some bikes, things can always be changed and tweaked The main thing that will make the bike more

Comfortable for you is having the right size handlebars, a comfortable saddle to sit on, and make sure the bike is set up correctly for you and make sure you can reach all the brakes and the gears to have control over the bike I hope you've enjoyed this video on women's specific bikes and I hope it's answered some of your questions We're going to do a poll over on the GCN app "Do we really need women's specific bikes?" Head over to the GCN app and get voting They are used– Regardless of where you get

Your bike from, there will be need– A frame with road-based geometry– In my opinion– I'll need to put a– What was I doing right? Best Forgot the rest You might want to play around with that bit too If it fits them better, then– Maybe the saddle I'm very handsy today

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