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    Yes hello, well I got this really cool bike from the goodwill for $9.99 its a Schwinn Collegait and its so cool looking and it rides great but then I found out that there is a difference in mens bike frames and women bike frames and the bike I have is a womens but its so cool, does it really matter anymore what style of bike you ride anymore? Or will I look really stupid being a guy riding a womens bike? I didn't even know there was such a thing as bikes having genders! crazy

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    Usually mens bikes have the 'wedgie' bar but in recent years this has got lower mainly due to suspension MTBs and now most are uni-sex. I'd have to see the bike to comment but you could always put it on ebay and buy something more to your liking, they seem to hold their value well.

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    This is what it looks like. I didn't know that the top bar mattered but I guess it does to some people, thats how I found out it was for women, but its so cool.



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    Dude, if you like the bike, ride it.

    In fact, while riding it, wear lycra... that'll mess with people's brains

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    Actually, in this particular case, I think that you have GAINED mega coolness points due to the step-through frame design.

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    I bought used ladies bike for my wife hoping she would get into riding for health reasons-Fixed it up-New tires, lights etc-Unfortunately this never happened-I now use the bike and never give it a second thought-Most people aren't paying attention to you anyway and they probably could care less
    Enjoy the bike-Sounds like you got a deal

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    In Quebec Catholic priests used to ride this style of bike because of the long cassock that was their uniform, so this type of bike was called a "father's bike"(velo du pere).

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    Quote Originally Posted by frogdude
    This is what it looks like. I didn't know that the top bar mattered but I guess it does to some people, thats how I found out it was for women, but its so cool.
    I would deff. sport that. I think it looks awesome.

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    Wooo thats good I love it to dust is so cool. yup sure is.

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    For 10 bucks, how can you go wrong.

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    All of my recent bicycle purchases have been "Ladies" or stepthrough frames. My folder is a horizontal tube but very low so I still can step through with ease. Each bike could accomidate me wearing business attire (skirts, pressed pants or light blouses) if need be.

    Another benefit that these frame styles offer is as you get older, you get stiffer and climbing on the traditional diamond frame bikes can be a real chore when it is cold!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LordOpie
    Dude, if you like the bike, ride it.

    In fact, while riding it, wear lycra... that'll mess with people's brains
    Shaving your legs will help also.

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    Hi,
    that bike can develop a wobble at high speed. Don't go fast on it.

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    I ride a women's frame bike (only good one used I could find), I just find that it's easier to mount/dismount, and maybe less prone for theft?

    I don't let it bother me.

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    The good news is, it's less likely to get stolen as boys don't steal girl bikes. ;-)

    You have a good transportation cycle so enjoy it. Each month without fail, we have someone posting on how they fear their new bikes will get stolen while shopping. In fact, there's one post right now where the writer fears someone will steal his shifters! You're bike is perfect and you can leave it outside without having to carry the the five pound New York 3000 but a much smaller U-lock. Worry free transportation cycling is what it's all about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by late
    Hi,
    that bike can develop a wobble at high speed. Don't go fast on it.
    Baloney!

    ANY bike, even with an overpriced high tech "man's" touring frame, that is misaligned might wobble at high speed. There is no intrinsic reason why this excellent commuting bike should be prone to wobbling at any useful/credible speed.

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    [QUOTE=I-Like-To-Bike]Baloney!

    ANY bike, even with an overpriced high tech "man's" touring frame, that is misaligned might wobble at high speed. There is no intrinsic reason why this excellent commuting bike should be prone to wobbling at any useful/credible speed.[/QUOTE

    Baloney yourself,
    try it, then tell us. Women's frames simply aren't as stiff due to the design.
    Put a good load on it, and you'll get an interesting experience.

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    [QUOTE=late]
    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike
    Baloney!

    ANY bike, even with an overpriced high tech "man's" touring frame, that is misaligned might wobble at high speed. There is no intrinsic reason why this excellent commuting bike should be prone to wobbling at any useful/credible speed.[/QUOTE

    Baloney yourself,
    try it, then tell us. Women's frames simply aren't as stiff due to the design.
    Put a good load on it, and you'll get an interesting experience.

    Maybe I'm just looking at the picture wrong...but isn't that a 3-speed old steel schwinn with gigantic seat and awesomely cool handlebars?

    Unless he's zoobombing, I don't see him going too fast for the bike.
    Weather today: Hot. Humid. Potholes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by late
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    that bike can develop a wobble at high speed. Don't go fast on it.
    Quote Originally Posted by late
    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike
    Baloney!

    ANY bike, even with an overpriced high tech "man's" touring frame, that is misaligned might wobble at high speed. There is no intrinsic reason why this excellent commuting bike should be prone to wobbling at any useful/credible speed.
    Baloney yourself,
    try it, then tell us. Women's frames simply aren't as stiff due to the design.
    Put a good load on it, and you'll get an interesting experience.
    come on, guys. it's a freaking Schwinn Collegiate! how fast is he going to go, really? that thing's probably heavier than my mountain bike, and geared lower to boot...

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    Quote Originally Posted by late

    Baloney yourself,
    try it, then tell us. Women's frames simply aren't as stiff due to the design.
    Put a good load on it, and you'll get an interesting experience.
    Stiff enough for what? The Tour de France?

    When men (or women) want a stiff experience they don't need a men's bike to get it.

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    I said they aren't as stiff, meaning not as stiff as a standard triangle design. Back then they were know for having this problem.
    Let me know when you've tried it. I understand it's quite the experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
    Actually, in this particular case, I think that you have GAINED mega coolness points due to the step-through frame design.
    --- Yes, in the bicycling mecca of China, the step-through frame is sought after.

    You asked, "...does it really matter anymore what style of bike you ride anymore? Or will I look really stupid..." It does not matter and you won't look stupid when you're on that cool bike.
    "The bicycle is the perfect transducer to match man's metabolic energy to the impedance of locomotion. Equipped with this tool, man outstrips the efficiency of not only all machines but all other animals as well." Ivan Illich ('Energy and Equity')1974

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