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January 18, 2022
When it comes to picking out a bike as a woman, picking out the right size bike is going to be key to ensuring a safe and comfortable ride. Stick around, and I'll tell you how to pick the right bike size for a woman.
When shopping for a woman's bike, there are two sizes that you typically see, 24 inches and 26 inches. And what that is referring to is the wheel diameter. So here I have a 26-inch bike. This is the sixthreezero EVRYjourney. It's a hybrid bicycle, has 26-inch wheels. And 26 inches is typically what your average woman would ride. But since I'm on the shorter side, I could also potentially ride a 24-inch bike. So the 24-inch bike having a smaller wheel diameter is going to be a little bit lower to the ground. A little smaller of a frame usually, so ideal for riders under five feet, or maybe even if you're taller than five feet with a short inseam, shorter legs, then a 24 inch could possibly work for you. But regardless of what frame size you get, 24 inches or 26 inches, there are a couple of features that you want to look for that are going to make the bike more adaptable to a wider range of heights.
And those two features are number one, forward pedaling, and number two, a low step-through frame. So let's talk about forward pedaling first. If you haven't guessed it yet, forward pedaling means that the pedals are not directly below the seat. They're moved a little bit forward. So here on the EVRYjourney, it's about a foot forward, and this allows you to keep the bike seat low while still getting full leg extension as you pedal. And if you're taller, it's also a good option for you because you don't have to raise your bike seat so high or to the maximum height in order to get full leg extension. You can keep it at a pretty reasonable height and you don't have to max out the stem height.
So what are the other benefits of forward pedaling? In addition to getting full leg extension while pedaling, having your seat lower to the ground also means that you can place your feet on the ground, especially if you're shorter, which can come in handy if you're new to bike riding, or if your balance isn't that great. Anytime you come to a stop, it'll be easy to quickly put your feet on the ground and catch your balance, which is great for keeping you safe and upright even while stopped.
And now let's talk about the low step-through frame. So this is the top tube of the frame, and on women's bicycles, this tube can be anywhere from this point to just below the seat. And obviously having it lower is going to make mounting and dismounting a lot easier and a lot safer. So with the low step-through frame, you can do just that, you can step through to get onto your bike. So as you can see, that was pretty effortless, no having to swing my leg over or lose my balance, especially if your balance is iffy like I mentioned earlier, this is something that you want to look for. And the EVRYjourney is a great option. We also have other women's bikes with even lower step-through frames. We have the Easy Boarding, which has the lowest step-through frame in the market and is another great option if you are short or if you're just wary of lifting your legs or swinging your leg over the back.
So, in addition to those two features, which are really key things that you should look for in any women's bike, you also just want to make sure that all the components are adjustable. And when you do get your bike, play around with the adjustments until you find what fits for you. So on the handlebars, you can adjust the height, you can adjust the tilt. And the EVRYjourney actually has these nice wide handlebars, which I think makes it easier to steer. And also by adjusting the tilt, you can make sure that there are no cramps in your wrist. You can relax your shoulders as you're riding, have a nice, upright riding position, and being comfortable means that you're going to go for longer bike rides and get more use out of your bike, which is what you want. Because bikes are costly. So you definitely want to get the most out them. And getting the right fit for you and adjusting your bike to fit your body perfectly is really going to ensure that that happens.
So just to recap, when looking for the right bike size for a woman, most women will want to go with a 26-inch bike, referring to the wheel diameter, but if you're on the shorter side, under five feet, or with shorter inseams, then you may want to try out a 24 inch as well. Other features to look for are forward pedaling, a low step-through frame. And of course, once you get your bike, play around with the adjustments, don't feel like you have to settle on what you start with. Feel free to adjust as you get more comfortable biking.
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