hi lauren! I'm 5'2" too! I had my bike delivered from the shop because I was to scared to drop it in front of all of the sales and service guys. My dad rode my bike to a park and ride and I followed him in my car. I had him leave, and I told him that I would call him when to pick me up. I ended up taking the bike home myself lol! and i didn't even want to go home. I love riding so much. as for being too short, I am barely on the ball so my feet when I come to a stop. I have been riding for 3 weeks and laid it down once (thank god for frame sliders). When i did lay it down, I was in the parking lot and on an incline. so my foot was farther from the ground then a flat surface. AFter riding on the street for a while, I learned that if I scoot my butt a little to a side where I know that I;m going to be putting my foot down then set it down when Im at a complete stop. I have gotten confident enough to start off from a stop with only one foot, then pick it up once I pick up speed. trust me, you don't need to lower it... you'll just create more problems with handling and suspension and money by lowering it.