Performance-minded female athletes have a variety of options when it comes to mountain bike shorts, time trial bikes, and road bikes. Sport-specific bike shorts for womens range depends on their intended use, component, and budget.
There are many options for women who want to ride casually and not compete. There are many comfort cruisers and hybrid bikes available for women. City bikes for women are becoming more popular as bike-commuting is becoming more popular.
There is no "best" bike short for every woman. It all depends on her riding style, fitness level, and budget. Some bike shorts can be multi-sport (for the city, mountain, and road riding), while others are more specialized (such as time trial bikes). A bike that does everything is the best choice for cyclists with limited budgets.
The best bikes for all-around use are hybrid and city bikes. They are lighter than road bikes, but they can still be comfortable enough to travel long distances. Hybrids can be very heavy and are not recommended for use on bike paths. However, city bikes are more comfortable and are suitable for long-distance rides such as 100-mile rides. Although hybrids and city bikes can't handle aggressive trail riding, they can be used on gravel roads and gentle trails with knobby cyclocross tires.
Comfort bikes for women are very popular among cyclists who want to ride along the bike path and around the neighborhood. These bikes are not for serious climbing, nor are they as maneuverable or responsive as road or mountain bikes. However, they can be a great choice for gentle rides that don't cost too much.
While most women's bicycles fit most women, some women are shorter or taller than others. Custom bikes are an option for these women. Yes, it is expensive, but they will be happy if their needs are met.