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    Inexpensive Step Through Frame Possibilities for a Tall Lady?

    I am trying to help a friend by putting together a bike so that she can get off her much too small *Mart bike.

    She is 5'10" and has long legs... prefers a step through (possibly a mixte) and she is recently divorced, so no real funds. I don't have much to pitch in.

    I am exploring the usual sources (CL, Ebay etc) for old bikes/frames to refurb/upgrade with existing parts and have a couple of possibilities, but was curious about other possibilities others may know about.

    I think a 22" or so step through or Mixte frame would work, and would prefer 27" or 700c wheels...

    Other than a rare vintage frame, I haven't really seen anything modern that looks big enough in a step through.

    Any ideas?

    If you see anything as you wander the net, please let m know.

    Emphasis on cheap and serviceable, probably frame only to keep it as cheap as possible.
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    Public Bikes make step through and Mixte bikes, although their largest frame is a 20" in women's, but they put the height range for that as 5'6'' - 5'10'', so your friend would be on the top end of that.

    Step through: PUBLIC C1 - Our Most Affordable Dutch Bike

    Mixte: Limited Edition PUBLIC M1 Mixte - Affordable New Single-Speed

    These are both single speed, but they make geared bikes also. I have heard good things about these, even though they're on the low end of price.

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    It might be easier to show her how to lay the bike down, step over it and pick the bike up than to find a quality step thru frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by obed7 View Post
    It might be easier to show her how to lay the bike down, step over it and pick the bike up than to find a quality step thru frame.
    I agree, but this lady is not there... I will see what I can do to get her to move that direction. She is just starting into cycling, and doesn't understand a lot. I nee dto educate her... so maybe that will be the first step.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dr_lha View Post
    Public Bikes make step through and Mixte bikes, although their largest frame is a 20" in women's, but they put the height range for that as 5'6'' - 5'10'', so your friend would be on the top end of that.

    Step through: PUBLIC C1 - Our Most Affordable Dutch Bike

    Mixte: Limited Edition PUBLIC M1 Mixte - Affordable New Single-Speed

    These are both single speed, but they make geared bikes also. I have heard good things about these, even though they're on the low end of price.
    Thanks, we'll possibly check those out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dr_lha View Post
    Public Bikes make step through and Mixte bikes, although their largest frame is a 20" in women's, but they put the height range for that as 5'6'' - 5'10'', so your friend would be on the top end of that.

    Step through: PUBLIC C1 - Our Most Affordable Dutch Bike

    Mixte: Limited Edition PUBLIC M1 Mixte - Affordable New Single-Speed

    These are both single speed, but they make geared bikes also. I have heard good things about these, even though they're on the low end of price.
    Was going to say Public bikes are a great option and economical
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    Quote Originally Posted by dr_lha View Post
    Public Bikes make step through and Mixte bikes, although their largest frame is a 20" in women's, but they put the height range for that as 5'6'' - 5'10'', so your friend would be on the top end of that.

    Step through: PUBLIC C1 - Our Most Affordable Dutch Bike

    Mixte: Limited Edition PUBLIC M1 Mixte - Affordable New Single-Speed

    These are both single speed, but they make geared bikes also. I have heard good things about these, even though they're on the low end of price.
    I have the internally geared version. I am about to sell mine because i want different geometry, but i have been happy. It is a great looking bike. Each time I ride several people stop to compliment. It was a hit on a recent ladies ride.

    I have front and rear racks with a basket. Easy to carry stuff. The store is a nice place too.

    The base seat sucks.

    Otherwise good bike. Easy to ride. Average components. Excellent style. I've topped out at 15 miles in a day which was fine after switching seats. One of my issues was gearing and positiong for hills on the C. Get the M, better positioning if you have hills. Flats were no problem.

    All in all, i'd recommend it no problem for casual riding. Wanting a dynamo pushed me over the edge and was a reason to sell. New bike will be a sporty geometry mixte setup with upright handlebars and all the bells.

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    Although more expensive, check out the Breezer Town and Range groups. Lots of step through models. Maybe you can find one used.

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    Soma buena vista or new Albion starling, if building is in the budget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sullalto View Post
    Soma buena vista or new Albion starling, if building is in the budget.
    That feels way too pricey for a first bike.

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    When my wife was shopping, people over in the Hybrid forum pointed out that the Trek FX WSD models are available in step-through from 7.0 Tourney $380 up to 7.4 Acera/Deore $770 level, and up through 20" size (MTB style sizing) which is equivalent to a men's medium. They don't go out of their way to show them to you on the website, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jade408 View Post
    That feels way too pricey for a first bike.
    +1

    The operative words here are large, step thru, mixte, CHEAP!
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    I vote for the Public. I had a Trek hybrid around 12 years ago as my first "grown up bike." And it didn't stick. I got the Public 18 months ago and I loved that riding it required no extra effort or planning for me. Normal outfits were a breeze, including dresses which I love to wear. Normal shoes, like my fave ankle boots and flats were all fine.

    It fit into my lifestyle easily since it required no changes at all. And that helped me choose my bike over my car for many more types of trips.

    Now I am working on that Soma Buena Vista mixte, after figuring out what I loved on my bike and what needed improvement. I never got to the phase on the trek because I didn't really like the bike so much.

    Get the public since the dutchie style makes it way more fun. And it is practically accessorized for around town trips. Get the mixte as it is faster than the step-through and has better sizing options. I found I needed a setback seat post for better positioning on my c7i and I am a shorty at about 5'4". The mixte fit much better with my longer legs and arms! If she has short legs (relative to her torso) then positioning on the c1 will be easier.

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