Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Long Island, New York
Bikes: a lowrider BMX, a mountain bike, a faired recumbent, and a loaded touring bike
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People really like the "Flat Foot" geometry. You can stop at a red light and put both heels on the ground. The geometry enables full leg extension, even with the low seating position.
My Daughter Mellisa designed a Fiberglass Ladies Bicycle in 1991, and it was listed as the Number One Ladies Bicycle on Google for over a year. Here's a scan of the listing:
The bottom of the page didn't come out in the scan, but that doesn't matter, she's at the top of the page.
Mellisa's bike has the "Flat Foot" geometry, although it was accomplished by moving the seat back without increasing the wheelbase.
has capitalized on the demand by producing the Townie, the Amsterdam, the Rat Fink and the Pink Fink.
If "Flat Foot" geometry (technology, ergonomics) wasn't in demand, Mellisa's bike wouldn't have been listed #1 on Google.
Mellisa gave me the go-ahead to sell the Fiberglass Ladies Bicycle when the offers went over eleven hundred dollars. It sold for twelve hundred dollars.
You can get an Electra for a lot less, and the increased wheelbase is an advantage (unless you want to "freestyle" and do 360's on it).