Fitting the Petite Cyclists — www.petitebikefit.com

Fitting the Petite Cyclists — www.petitebikefit.com

A large portion of my business comes from female/petite cyclists.  Not because I am “Macho”, but because I understand the differences/and misconceptions between Male and Female anatomy.  More importantly, I recognize that most women’s product is designed and manufactured by men, thinking within the context of being a man.

I remember one of my first phone-calls to Speedplay, about making shorter spindles for petite cyclists:

Me:

“Hi. My name is Chris Balser, and I am a bike fitter located in Minneapolis, MN, looking for a pedal solution for petite cyclists.”

Customer Service:

“For what?”

Me:

“Petite Cyclist!”  “Have you ever seen the pedal to pedal distance (q-factor) for a person that weighs under 100 lbs?”  “It looks like they are riding a horse!”  “This position impacts the force trajectory from femur-head to foot, robbing power and creating tension at hip/knee/ankle joints.”  “Why don’t you guys make a shorter spindle-option?”

Customer Service:

“Because, if we did, your shoe would hit the crank-arm.”

If I have to explain why his response makes no sense, stop reading  — this post is for women.

For the rest of you, I recently came across a sweet website —  www.petitebikefit.com — that I strongly recommend reviewing for smaller cyclists.

Yes, the industry is slowly moving towards addressing the needs of smaller/thinner/petite cyclists, but quality 36cm handlebars, narrow cranks, short spindle pedals, shifter mods,  and < 51 cm top-tubes are difficult to find.  The petitebikefit website provides some great information regarding things to look for,  product availability, and comparative specifications.

Peace,

Chris