Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
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I've also wondered why major makers don't have more mid quality offerings in Mixte or so-called Ladies frames. As you point out, there's a good segment of the market that has issues with step through or swing over height.
The sloping top tubes on many models is a step (no pun) in the right direction, but there's plenty of room to drop it lower yet.
I don't track bike offerings, but I'm sure that at least a few others offer something appropriate, even if Trek doesn't. You might also consider something like a Montague, or other full size wheel folding bike, since these often are monotube designs with low step through.
BTW- in case you can't find anything with decently low step through, there's an alternate mounting technique I teach to those with hip issues.
Lay the bike flat, and step across it on the ground. Then lift it between the legs by the saddle until vertical. Dismount the same way (reversed). It takes a bit of practice, but once learned is pretty easy and produces zero stress at the hip. I have a friend with such limited mobility that he has to use a piece of rope to lift the bike, but that doesn't slow him down at all once he's off and riding.
BTW- Osteoporosis is contra-indicated for cycling. Often the hip is the area suffering the most strength loss, and can become very vulnerable to fracture in a light fall. Riding doesn't help with hip density like it does with the long bones, so due awareness is called for. Not saying don't ride, just have the bone density monitored, and ride accordingly.
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