Choosing the Right Bike (For Women)
I say for Women, because I truly believe that most road bikes out there are made for men. Lets face it, go cycling on the weekend and a good 70% of riders will be male. Its not a surprise that most road bikes are made for men. But, women riders are different:
We have different bodies – lets face it, we have breasts that get in the way, we PMS – and riding when you have your period and are feeling heavy is not easy. We have smaller hands and our body’s are structured differently.
So, I decided to test ride several bikes. My first stop was the Giant. For some reason my friend Mai raves about the Giants, saying it fits her body. I personally tried the Aeryn1, it was nice looking Tri-specific bike, not super light, bu with Shmiano 105 parts (MSRP: $ 1,725) Giant AERYN1 Bike. The gear change was smooth, but to be honest, it didn’t really fit my body…additionally the frame was aluminum, and I really wanted carbon fiber.
Next, I tried the Trek Madone 5.2. The price is on the higher end of my budget, but thought I would try it and see if I can tell real difference (MSRP: $ 4,070). Trek Madone 5.2. Shimano Ultegra components, carbon frame and a perfect ride. The gear shift wasn’t as smooth as the Giant, but I could see feel a much faster, smoother ride compared to the Giant (& potentially very dangerous in my case).
Then I tried the Specialized Ruby Expert. Also a really nice looking bike, carbon frame & Shimano Ultegra compoenents like the Trek Madone, though it actually felt lighter than the Trek, which was a bonus Specialized Ruby Expert (MSRP: $ 2,900). The Ruby is exactly the same as the Roubaix but is fitted for woman, which I liked.
Finally, I tried the Cannondale Synapse Carbon Bike Feminine 3. Much like the specialized, the Synapse builds bikes to fit women, which is nice. Additionally, Bicycling magazine choose the Feminine Synapse as the Best Women’s Road Bike from all of the 2008 Women’s offerings in the industry, so I was super excited to try it Cannondale Synapse Carbon (MSRP: $ 3,099). It was also in my price range. The ride? a little disappointing. The Synapse Feminine has a Triaxially bent seat to provide sophisticated vibration damping for less rider fatigue and greater comfort, but I felt as much vibration in this as the Giant.
Next, the winner? Well for me and for my budget,the clear winner was the Specialized Ruby Expert. It was within my budget,had all the features I wanted and a smooth ride. The Trek Madone would be my second choice, but the price made it a factor against it.