Although I know the standard response is go to local bke shop and get a fit, I am looking to buy a bike as a xmas present for the mrs. Considerin the Trek Lexa and the rider is 5'4. Was wondering if any of the ladies on here have one or anyone could reccomend a size?
I want it as a surprise so would like to get it without her knowing....
Any advice? Also its a £550 bike which I am happy with but anyone know of any good alternatives? Specialized Dolce is one that springs to mind but £100 more expensive for very similar bke...
There really is no other response than to go to a LBS as your wife would need a bike suitable for her phsionomy.
Although I am the same height as your wife I am riding a man's medium road bike because I have a long torso, but with short legs. A woman's road bike would not have the length from the seat to the handlebars for me.
I know you want to make it as a surprise for her so could you either buy gift vouchers from the LBS or create your own vouchers to give to her for Christmas. Then you can go bike shopping together
Trek and Specialized are very different fits - Specialized suits me whilst the right size Trek feels like riding a kids bike - you'll be wasting your £550 I'm afraid if it doesn't fit - it may do her for a while/she may be fine on it but when I was riding the wrong size bike (though on paper it should have been ok) I suffered badly with lower back, hip and piriformis problems once I rode for longer than about an hour and a half.
I'm with Schmunkee - make a gift voucher for her and then take her shopping - you'll both get more enjoyment out of it that way too - the fact that you've thought of it when she opens the voucher, the anticipation of hitting the shops, the time in the shop talking to those who know (could be worth ringing up and making an appointment so you are assured of some one-to-one attention for her at what will probably be a busy time) and then the excitement of bringing the bike home and going out for that first ride - win/win!
little.miss happy that makes me want to get a new bike now lol
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