A woman on a bike that is a good fit for her is a happy woman. How will you know if your bike is a good fit?
It isn't going to hurt when you ride it.
You won't have to stretch out too far or lean too heavily on your handle bars. You won't have pain in your behind, in your back, shoulders or hands.
If for instance, you are an average-sized woman, or smaller than average, you may like a shorter top tube. No, I didn't type the two words in backward order, and this is not a fashion statement, strapless or otherwise.
The top tube is one facet of the top tube-stem combination of your bicycle. Generally women find that a shorter top tube-stem combination works better for them than it would for a man.
If you want to make adjustments to your bike rather than replace the whole thing, you can use a Fit Kit. Keep in mind that its instructions were originally formulated for men who are racing cyclists.
It is easier to make adjustments, or to trade parts, when you first purchase your bicyle.
You can trade in bars, cranks, saddles and stems, often for just a small fee and sometimes with no extra charge. But don't count on it. It can cost more to trade these parts later on after your purchase.
Don't be hesitant about continuing to make small adjustments after you have your bike. Consider it a work in progress as you move toward the perfect fit.
Once you've gotten your bicycle comfortable it's time to enjoy the many benefits of riding that machine.
Your circulation will increase and you will get better delivery of oxygen and other nutrients for your cells. Toxins will be cleared more readily and more effectively.
Your lungs and heart will get a healthy workout, which in turn will enhance the workings of your intestines. You'll not only feel better you will also be at lower risk for bowel cancer.
Moderate exercise like riding a bike causes cells of your immune system to become more active, and better able to defend you from illness.
Riding your bicycle assists in the creation of brain cells in your hippocampus, an important part of your brain for memory. Your brain will have more oxygen and blood flow.