Since last spring, our daughter has been riding a 24″ youth road bicycle from Farrier Bicycle Works. While on paper the bike should have fit her, we noticed she was having difficulty during rides – specifically, the stand over the bike was too high, causing her significant pain when she banged into the top tube.

With her old bike
She loved how her old bike looked, but not how it felt.
Top tube bike
Standing over the bike, there was no space between our daughter and the top tube.

After some consideration, I replaced her road bike with a 24″  Speedster Junior from Scott. While technically the same size the bike’s geometry made for a significantly different fit.

With her bike
With her new bike.
Side view Scott
A lower top tube gives her much more room.

The differences in the stand-over height can be seen in the photo below:

Bikes

It’s important to note that there was nothing wrong with our daughter’s original bike – it just didn’t fit correctly. By selecting a bike that was the same size, but with a different geometry, we were able to give our daughter something on which she will feel more comfortable and confident.

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