• Smaryka, I'd considered Islabikes a while ago but didn't do a full check. That plus the fact I'm closer to 50 than 40 made me think a child's bike was a step too far............. then I saw sense :-) plus my now 14yo, taller than me, niece riding my bike with so much ease.

    I'm not ashamed to say I ride an Islabike Luath 700 small bike for cyclocross (bought secondhand for 200 quid from a club member's son who had grown out of it). And I've seen quite a few ridden by other women as well.

    If you've got the money to upgrade any parts you might want to upgrade -- for example, it's only 8-speed, the stem is really short, the gears are tiny, etc. -- then by all means get one! It's really too bad they don't sell frames only as I think they would do great business amongst the smaller ladies out there like you and me.

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