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Old 08-15-10, 02:15 PM   #1
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Help me find the right bike please

I hope I'm posting this in the right place. If not, maybe y'all can suggest where else I should ask.

I'd like to find a frame or complete bike that has these two very important features:

1. A very low step-through. The rider should be able to mount and dismount without lifting a foot more than a few inches. I have seen some bikes like this, but none have met my other requirement.

2. A crank-forward or semirecumbent geometry that allows the rider to put feet to the ground while staying on the saddle. I have seen some bikes like this from Rans and Electra, but none have the very low step through.

I understand that the crank-forward orientation puts the crank where the step-through would normally be, so maybe this combination is impossible, but I'm hopeful.

I'd love to find a complete bike that meets these requirements, but I can (with help) build up a bike from just a frameset if that is what is necessary.

I would particularly like to hear from anyone who has actually ridden such a bike.

Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 08-15-10, 02:18 PM   #2
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Thanks for the suggestion. It does meet my stated criteria, but I'm pretty sure an actual recumbent won't make the cut. She (the intended rider) won't feel safe with her eyes that low to the ground. Also, a trike is out because they are the anti-cool, at least in her mind.

If it was in the budget, I would love to have one of those for myself. They look very fast and super comfy.
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Too bad your "intended user" has the same prejudices so many non-recument riders have. There is NO standard bike that gives you as good a view as a recumbent trike or many regular recumbent bikes. I'm looking forward to my annual ride thru the narrows in Zion National Park (Utah) in early September just because the view from the seat of the trike is so magnificent. BTW, trikes being "uncool" seems to be the attitude of older teens and adults. I can't count the number of times I have heard "cool bike" coming from the younger set. I will agree that the good ones like my Greenspeed GTO or the Catrike Road shown above are quite expensive. However, the most expensive bike in terms of $ or cents per mile is the one that sits in the garage unused.
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