The different men’s and women’s bikes, do you know? There used to be only women’s bikes that were smaller and more beautiful (whatever it meant), and unfortunately, their specifications were worse than men’s bike, but unfortunately, those boring days have passed. In addition to aesthetic nuances, today’s premium women’s bikes have the same performance and components as similar men’s bike.
The difference between men’s and women’s bike is fit: bicycle manufacturers have a lot of data on fit for the geometry of the frame. On average, women are shorter than men, so the height of women’s bike models is usually shorter. On average, women’s torso length is also shorter, so female’s bike models tend to have a shorter straight length.
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In other words, another way to look at “lady’s bicycle” is any bike that suits her: this is why it is often better for many women to ride men’s bikes (aka unisex bikes). A good bike shop will ignore marketing and focus on bikes that fit your body proportions. And the last appropriate word is not what happens when you exit the store. The evaluation process takes several weeks. After that, you should go back to the bike shop and discuss what works and what does not work. They can make adjustments, replace components, or place you on models of other sizes when needed.
What about a stepwise frame? This classic women bikes have a downward-sloping top tube, a design that dates back to the days when female riders wore long skirts. You will still see casual women’s bikes with this look, but this is just for aesthetics, not performance. Today’s bike designers are experimenting with curved elements on many parts, not just the top tube.
Other components also affect the fit of the bike: the size or adjustment of key components of the bike also helps to keep it in sync with the rider’s physiology: levers, seats, handlebars, suspension, and brake levers all affect the overall bike fit and comfort.
The following components of women’s bikes also affect their suitability:
Stem: This is the component that is most likely to be swapped out before you leave the store. Shorter or longer valve stems provide an easy way to fine-tune the range of your bike frame. Different lever types may also place the handlebars in a higher position to make riding more comfortable. The geometry of the handlebars can also play a role, so the bike shop will consider both the rod and handlebar options when evaluating suitability.
Seat: Usually, women’s saddles are getting shorter and shorter. However, female performance riders generally prefer narrow saddles to release pedal movement. In addition, bicycle manufacturers know that the saddle is one of the first components that riders will change according to their preferences, so if you like other aspects of the bike, please don’t rely too much on the saddle.
Handlebars: On average, women’s shoulders are narrower than men’s, so a narrower pole may suit you. A sore shoulder is an easy task. If this happens after you go home, please tell the bike shop when you go back.
Suspension: Lighter riders need to adjust the suspension according to their weight. You can do this in the store, or you can do it yourself at home.
Brake lever: Short riders usually have smaller hands, making it difficult to reach and operate the brake lever comfortably. Some joysticks have adjusting screws to reduce the straightening of the joystick; short-distance levers are another option.
True unisex bikes may be the future: interestingly, our evolving understanding of gender is reflected in evolving rider fitness data. Some bike brands will transition to gender-neutral bicycles (everyone rides a bicycle). For example, in addition to the four “men’s” sizes and four “women’s” sizes in the model, the bicycle model can also have five sizes. This provides a greater range of fit for all riders, and smaller incremental changes between sizes provide a more precise fit for any single rider.