Question: I’m 5-foot-8 and 135 pounds. My bike shop wants to sell me a bike with “women’s geometry,” but it doesn’t fit right. The handlebar seems too close. Can’t a woman ride a man’s bike? — Celia P.
Coach Fred Matheny Replies: Yes, you certainly can. A bike with “women’s geometry” is primarily designed for a shorter rider with relatively long legs compared to her arms and torso.
The key factor is whether a bike fits you. This isn’t a gender issue, it’s a fit issue. Buy the bike that gives you a comfortable, efficient riding position regardless of who it’s being marketed to.
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