Just me! asked in SportsCycling · 1 month ago

Can a woman ride a men’s bike?

I went to the store and I tried this bike looked perfect for me then I saw it was a men’s bike I am about 125 lbs but I have pretty broad shoulders and am tall 5’8 ... I got the bike and I noticed it does make me hunch over should I return it I read online it will cause pain long term

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  • Carlos
    Lv 4
    4 weeks ago

    Yes it depends on the rider and the comfort and fit of the bicycle there using .

    I almost brought a "female" bicycle because the fit was okay and if the woman is comfortable with a "men" bicycle  then she should buy it .

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  • 1 month ago

    The only difference is that the "Ladies" bike frame allowed the rider to wear a skirt and stay reasonably modest. Probably doesn't matter so much these days. You might need to think about the saddle though.

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  • Orla
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    I have a boy bike.  It's fine.  Go get it before someone else grabs it !

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    I have yet to see a man that can ride a mans bike.

    • David D.
      Lv 6
      1 month agoReport

      Said Mr. or Miss Anonymous.  

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  • 1 month ago

    What you need is a bike frame that fits you.  This bicycle frame size calculator can let you know the general area you need in a bicycle frame size. 

    https://www.competitivecyclist.com/Store/catalog/f...

    Go to a reputable bicycle shop for a bike.  There they can put you on a bike you'll be comfortable with. 

    Source(s): Motorized Bicycle Owner and Builder.
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  • 1 month ago

    A lady can ride a man's bike.  If it fits...it fits.  But, as pointed out, you said nothing about the bike itself.  Leaning over from the waist is the only way to ride a road bike or mountain bike.  That distributes weight more evenly between the hands & arms, the legs & lastly your butt.  Being stretched out is another matter.  It can & will cause lower back pain, especially on longer rides.  

    Bicycling and Pain from the late Sheldon Brown. https://www.sheldonbrown.com/pain.html  Correct posture https://www.sheldonbrown.com/pain.html#posture

    Come back & ask again when you have more info about what type & frame size the bike is.  Your question is severely lacking in detail about the bike itself.  

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  • 1 month ago

    Fine...we know you're 5' 8" tall, 125 lbs. & have broad shoulders.  Now...WHAT ABOUT THE BIKE?!  Is it a road bike, a MTB or maybe hybrid type bike?  And what "store".  Was it an actual BICYCLE SHOP or Wally World (Walmart) or Target?  REAL bicycles from REAL bicycle shops come in various "frame sizes".  They're made so anyone ranging from around 5' 5" tall up to 6' 4" can ride them - just in a different FRAME SIZE.  Discount store bikes come in one frame size only.  This man's road bike from Giant comes in SIX different frame sizes. https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/contend-3  Its counterpart made for ladies comes in FOUR frame sizes. https://www.liv-cycling.com/us/avail-3

    Just how long did you "try the bike"?  Did you just kick a leg over it & say to yourself, "Yeah, this seems nice."?  Or did you actually take it out & TEST RIDE IT?  A salesperson at a REAL bike shop will insist you test ride any bike before you purchase it.  In fact, they may want you to test ride 2 or 3 bikes.    

    And what do you mean by "hunch over"?  If it's a road bike or a MTB - yes, you should be leaning forward but not feel stretched out.  You'll sit a little more upright on a hybrid & even more upright on something like a beach cruiser or comfort bike.  I can't give you a definitive answer because you wrote NOTHING about the bike itself.  Oh, wait...yes I can.  If it came from a discount store - RETURN IT.  Now get your @ss to a REAL bike shop.  Better quality.  Better service before, during & after the sale.  Discount stores DON'T service what they sell.  Finding a bike shop is EASY.  Just type into Google the words "bicycle shop" along with your 5 digit zip code or postal code in the U.K.  Example: bicycle shop 63304 - https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=qPzOXta...  Google even supplies a map.  AMAZING!     

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  • 1 month ago

    Return it & get fitted with the right size frame for you.

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  • 1 month ago

    Yes, you CAN ride ANY bike.

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  • 1 month ago

    Yes, there is debate over whether the difference in frames is necessary.

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