Short wife wants a bike

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  1. hambro

    hambro New Member

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    Hi guys, My wife is 5'1" tall and 115 pounds. She tries to ride my bikes and I have the seats adjusted all the way down but she cant touch the ground. All of my bikes are 26" and she doesn't like the looks of the step through womens bikes, and I don't like the way they look motorized. I'm thinking of buying a mens 24" and see if she can ride it but there isn't much room to mount the engines in those. I personally don't like friction drive bikes and will probably never build one so it's gonna be a HT no matter what. Just have to find the right bike for her. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Spunout

    Spunout MB Builder Extraordinaire

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    i'm building this----> Firmstrong Urban Jr 24" Beach Cruiser Man
    for my friend, kayla, right now. i'll have it completed by tonite.
    she's 5ft and 100lbs. i'll have her sit on it and if both feet touch the ground, she'll be good. i'm certain she will be able to BUT if not, then the seatpost tube can have about an inch cut off, lowering the seat an addl inch.
     
  3. azbill

    azbill Active Member

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    Spun,
    keep us up on how the build goes,,,vinnie wants to do a 24" ;)
    his feet hit the ground on the stretch laff
     
  4. professor

    professor New Member

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    Does it have to be a Cruiser style, mountain, may have more room.
     
  5. Pablo

    Pablo Master Bike Builder & Forum Sponsor

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    I see quite a few used smaller mountain bikes - see if you can find a used Diamond back. You could put some new bars on. I know what you mean, new smaller bikes have very little engine room.

    Or shop new for a small cruiser.


    "Short wife wants a bike"

    If your tall wife wanted a bike as well, that would be easy. Dealing with two wives....maybe....
     
  6. Spunout

    Spunout MB Builder Extraordinaire

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    will do. its almost done. just install chain and go buy a fuel filter is all thats left to do.
    then i'll post pics in the gallery.

    HAMBRO: the engine fit in nicely in this frame. no problems.
     
  7. Quenton Guenther

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    Hi Everyone,

    Get in touch with Mike Simpson [EZ Motorbike] because he has access to 24" wheels with the heavy duty spokes. You can use a 26" frame [cantilever] and install 24" wheels & fenders to lower the seat height.

    My Wife is also short [5'] and she is able to ride my 24" EZM proto-type.

    Have fun,
     
  8. bairdco

    bairdco a guy who makes cool bikes

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    i have a 24" cruiser that i ride. it's a vintage Colson, and there's pics of it all over this site. the motor fit perfectly, which means it was really tight, and i had to work at it to get it in there, but it fills up the space and makes it look like it was supposed to be there.

    i've also got a laidback seatpost, so it puts me back behind the bottom bracket when i'm cruising.

    i'm 5'7", and when sitting on the bike, i can have both feet flat on the ground with my knees slightly bent. it has the feel of a motorcycle, without being too short.

    if this bike was pedal only, it'd be too small for me, at least the way it's all set up, as sitting down and pedaling is kinda uncomfortable, and feels goofy. not enough knee room. but as i just sit on it and let the motor do the work, it's perfect.

    it could easily be set up for a smaller rider, and it seems like women have a tendency to ride in a more upright position (i guess they just don't like slouching like we do,) so without a laidback seatpost, the stand-over height would probably be perfect for her.

    so, i'm suggesting a 24" cruiser. they're not as popular as a 26, but there's plenty of parts and upgrades available, and vintage stuff seems to go cheaper, since there's not much of a market for it. i've noticed a lot of new 24" cruisers on the market lately, but i don't pay much attention to bikes made after 1950...

    (edit) my statement about women's riding position isn't meant to be sexist, just something i noticed. look at most women motorcyclists, and they all sit up straight. same with motorcycle cops...)
     
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    lynn 43506 New Member

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    you could try smaller wheels,maybe 24"or even 20"
     
  10. 2door

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    A 24" bike is not a difficult build. The 2 stroke kits will fit most of them nicely. The pic below is a 24" Huffy I built for my 13 year old nephew. A lay back seat post would put the rider even a little closer to the ground.
    Tom
     

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  11. bairdco

    bairdco a guy who makes cool bikes

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    my 24" fit tight because it has the double bar frame. it wasn't that tough to get it in there, and now that i've done one, i know all the tricks to squeezing a motor in a tight spot...
     
  12. troyboy

    troyboy Your East Coast Gasbike Connection

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    Heres one..

    Don't know how gangsta your wife is. We got these bikes in blue, red, and black. They're small and easy to ride... Plus it can be masked as a second bike for you when shes not riding it. LOL

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    Another Addicted Motorbiker!r.ly.
    Welcome Hambro,
    Justin
     
  13. hambro

    hambro New Member

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    Thanks Spunout, that bike kinda sorta matches the glossy black Micargi Rover that I just ordered for my new build and my wife liked the way it looked. Think we're gonna go with that one. Do you have any photos of your new build completed? By the way everyone else, thanks for all of the suggestions and ideas, they were all awesome solutions.
     
  14. Spunout

    Spunout MB Builder Extraordinaire

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    yup! here ya go-----> http://motorbicycling.com/f15/kaylas-mb-gracie-14958.html#post148834
     
  15. hambro

    hambro New Member

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    Showed that bike to my wife Spunout, she loved it. I'll be ordering it soon and building it for her. Thanks brother for all of your help, that bike looks cool as ****.
     
  16. Venice Motor Bikes

    Venice Motor Bikes Custom Builder / Dealer/Los Angeles

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    Doood... My girlfriend is 5' tall & rides & 1981 Schwinn cruiser with no problem!
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  17. the new ausped

    the new ausped New Member

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    i think there is an easy solution if ur not worried about looks to much get a seat take the pole off so there is just the two bars rest the seat on the bike bend the barst in so they tuch the frame and weld them there that drops about 4inchs
     
  18. Earthman

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    Here's my bike - a 24" Huffy. The "80cc" motor is a tight fit, but it all worked. I used a small frame so my wife and daughter could ride.
     

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    nice solution :)
     

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