Last edited by BGBeck; 07-29-14 at 12:19 AM.
I have a hybrid. The bar is not as high as a road bike and not as low as the traditional girls bike. It also has slightly wider tires than a road bike so I can do some trails or rough roads easier.
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A Soma Buena Vista Mixte I built with a Nuvinci Hub. I love it, commute on it, do all my errands around town on it.
Google Mixte for men, you'll find some interesting stuff about them.
Consider an Electra Townie or Day 6 step-through. In addition to being easy to mount and dismount, you can put both feet down on the ground without getting off the saddle, great during an unexpected stop. A RANS Fusion ST would be even better, but probably way more money than you want to spend, unless you can find a good deal on Craigslist, but most people like RANS crank forward bikes so much that they don't want to part with them. They're also more comfortable than regular bikes. At some point in life, one realizes that there's really no point in suffering if comfort is easy to attain. Some people believe recumbents are more comfortable, but the one problem most recumbents have is they can be difficult to hold up when stopped since the thighs are horizontal, and they can be hard to get on and off as well.
Lots of good options, and I too like to keep an eye out for alternatives in the event that my needs change and I'm determined to keep riding. In the event that you choose a step-through and need to use a bike rack on your car, there are inexpensive bar adapters for this.
I love the versatility, utility and elegance of a mixte, and the Soma Buena Vista is particularly good looking example. I considered one for myself, but I ended up liking the feel of a mtb more.
I keep thinking my next bike might be a step through as well. Though I read they aren't as strong as a standard diamond frame.
when did I become vintage?
I'm missing something here -- how will having a step-through prevent you from breaking something? Is the problem with getting on and off? Or are you looking for a lower seat position, too? Here's one that combines both: RANS Fusion ST.
I have finished rides where I felt like I didn't have enough energy left to dismount. I just lay the bike over at an angle and step off. I just can't bring myself to do the step through.
I've been riding a drop frame Kettler Silverstar for 13 years and 50,000 miles. It makes the same sort of sense as driving a car with doors that open.
I ride a Specialized Expedition medium sized frame and have no issues with the bar. The bar is quite low. My wife has tried it a few times and had no issues also. Both of us are 5 feet somethings.
My Bike Friday and Brompton are both, in effect, step through bikes ..
My husband just bought an Electra Amsterdam just like this one and is very happy with it. The top tube is higher than the Ladies version but he finds it easy to dismount. The relaxed geometry and upright seating position is good for his back and neck. Considering the only thing he has ridden in the last 10 years is a couch - I don't care that this bike is cheap - it has gotten him off his butt and back in the saddle. He bikes between 5 and 10 miles on this and is very comfortable.
Beautiful bike. (Though I just don't understand the skirt guard on a man's bike.)
when did I become vintage?
Kilt wearing of course!
Okay, I can consider myself properly chastised.
I took my wife to the LBS to look for replacement fenders for her cheap box store cruiser on the weekend. She spotted this midnight blue satin finished Electra and was intrigued. One lap around the large parking lot and I knew she was sold. Two more laps and I was wondering if she would get off the bike long enough to make the purchase. Been riding all weekend. Still waiting on my turn to try it out. She is raving about the comfort.