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    Senior Member derekthelion's Avatar
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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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    Women's I'd say, since it slopes so much? But some men's frames also slope. Hmm...

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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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