Originally Posted by Driver88
True ! But the Townie has "flat-foot technology", meaning you can put both feet on the ground when stopping. If you raise the seatpost high enough (on a standard cruiser) to fit my length, my feet won' t be flat on the ground anymore, and that flat foot thing is what I prefer.
The flat foot design of the Townie is because the pedal crank is locate forward of the seat post.
If you adjust the seat height properly so that you leg extends completely with your heel on the pedal, your feet should yet touch the ground when removed from the pedals when stopped.
On a conventional bike the crank is aligned with the seat post, so to reach proper leg extension, your seat will be higher requiring you to dismount from the seat when stopped.
If you lower your seat so you can stand while stopped and seated, then you will not be able to extend your leg properly for comfortable pedaling. This could cause knee pain, muscle aches and even back pains have you are not pedaling with proper posture.
I am also 6'4", with an inseam of 34", on my bikes I must dismount from the saddle when stopped. On a Townie when test rode, I did not, but I was not comfortable riding with my feet extending forward while pedaling.
Trek also makes a crank forward model, and there may be others. http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...re/puredeluxe/
With frame styles and handle bar stem adjusting you should be able to find a model that offers you comfort and stability, it will require some testing and proper fit.
I helpful guide that explains starting and stopping your bike may ease some concern with the proper height of the seat on a conventional frame, (in line crank to seat post) - http://sheldonbrown.com/starting.html
watch the video.
You should avoid placing your feet on the ground while the bike is moving, only when stopped.
Hope of some assistance.
PS: I have a friend who is a little shorter, also older than me, he switched to a step through frame (wmn frame) for his short excursions and rides with grandkids in trailer, he has trouble swinging his leg over the seat, unless the bike is tilted, he also is planning for a relaxed frame to replace is diamond frame road bike this winter.