Fitting the Petite Cyclist

Fitting the Petite Cyclist

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 in 1998 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.”  “Petite individuals tend to require a narrow pedaling base (q-factor at the time).” 

(Customer Service)

“That makes no sense… If we did that theshoe would hit the crank-arm.”

(Me)

“…Because they have big feet?”

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