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Old 07-26-08, 09:12 PM   #1
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Why Women's 3SP Cruisers

Since I've been looking for a bike (a while now I know) I have been keeping my eye on 3speeds n cruisers on C.L. I've noticed (@least in my neck of the woods) that Women's bikes in this category are plentyful and even dominant by far compared to male 3speed cruisers. Does this hold true for the rest of you? If so why do you think this is? Do men ride more or do women buy them for novelty and then tire of them and sell them off for the money that in the US economy is so precious?

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No I'm not trying to be sexist or anything it's just erking to look for cruiser/3Speeds and when you click on the link it shows a women's bike for sale.

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Old 07-26-08, 09:25 PM   #2
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Just taking a guess, I'd say that in urban areas, more women tend to buy a bike to go to the market or cafe, and to be fashionable doing it. They tend to enjoy decorating and personalizing their bike with baskets, garlands and bouquets. A 3 speed or a cruiser is admirably suited to those tasks.

Men, on the other hand, tend to buy a bike for sporting reasons-- they either ride off-road for recreation, or they want to ride competitively on-road. 3 speeds and cruisers are not well-suited for those tasks.

Of course, these are just generalizations, and guesses at that, and therefore, are subject to the usual problems with generalizations and guesses...
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Old 07-26-08, 10:21 PM   #3
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well- it's 3 speeds and cruisers in general- infact most of the ones I see on C.L. are not dolled up- pretty basic and in good shape- no rust ect.
with all the hipsters booming up- cruisers and 10speeds are poppin for guys here too
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Boys tend to beat the hell out of their bikes. On the other hand girls tended to take better care of their bicycles. At least that's the way it was when I was growing up. Therefore there are less vintage man framed bikes around.

I had the same problem when I was looking for a Raleigh 3 speed man frame.
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I agree with blue order. Even if im just going to the coffee shop i usually ride fast and hard on my road bike or if I want to cruise I ride my MTB so I can jump curbs etc.
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Even if im just going to the coffee shop i usually ride fast and hard on my road bike or if I want to cruise I ride my MTB so I can jump curbs etc.
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A buddy of mine just got a pretty good Raleigh Sports (women's frame) that he wants to sell me for $40. It is clean, complete and with good green paint, and my wife steadfastly insists she won't ride it.

Buying it anyway. Either a friend will need a good bike, or at dire extremity I'll have to use its bits to build up one of two good Raleigh men's frames I've been staring at for years due to no supply of cheap parts. I'd prefer that a friend in need get the bike, though.
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Can't find a complete mens cruiser or 3 speed? Do what I did.........Buy those ladies 3 speeds and strip the parts for a build you prefer. I am using a Nishiki mens frame with 3 speed stuff pulled from this, that and the other.........I couldn't find a Raleigh Sport or better yet a Superbe for my vertically challenged self so I made a kind of look-a-like to suit my needs........
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Today even women want a D-frame bike. Step-throughs are cheaper and in less demand. At flea markets I've seen men's bikes go for twice as much as similar condition and year women's frame bikes.
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