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Old 07-28-10, 02:37 PM   #1
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Mens or Woman's Bike ...

It really doesn't matter that much to me, because I have been riding this bike for a few months and am not going to stop now, but I as wondering whether this bike was a woman's or man's frame?



PS - I realize, that I should have made the title, "Men's or Women's Bike?" ... sorry bout that ..

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Old 07-28-10, 02:53 PM   #2
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Women's I'd say, since it slopes so much? But some men's frames also slope. Hmm...
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Old 07-28-10, 03:02 PM   #3
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That's a mixte frame, which is one particular way to make a step-through frame.

More commonly ridden by (and marketed to) women, although there are some city-type bikes with step-through frames described as unisex.

Really, a lot of modern road bikes with 'compact' geometry have almost as much slope on the top tube as that bike does.
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Yes...and you can choose which.

It is Mixte frame and is routinely ridden by men or women, and FWIW some men ride step through frames, I do for a variety of reasons. One is easier mounting when the bike is fully loaded.

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It's a mixte frame- a slightly stronger version of the typical step-through frame, since there is better triangulation as the two top tubes go all the way to the rear wheel.

As to whether it's a men's or women's bike, that depends on the gender of the owner. My bike is a step-through frame, but it doesn't bother me and I find it considerably easier to get on and off, particularly when riding in traffic.
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Just before I went and reloaded the thread .... I opened up my newly arriving "Bicyle Maintenance & Repair for Road and Mountain Bikes" book and found a chapter on the history of the bike. There, dead in the middle of the page, was a drawing of a mixte frame! Thanks alot guys for your help!
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