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Old 01-12-10, 04:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr Danw View Post
If you've ever mounted a bike with a rear mounted child seat you would appreciate a step through frame.

I don't buy the argument that any top tube will do anything for bottom bracket flex. Lateral flex is different from lineal
+1. Pulled a muscle in my back trying to get my leg over the top bar without kicking my kid. That's why I'd like a mixte. Can't find a 23" one, though.
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Originally Posted by Rhodabike View Post
Okay, I am definitely not letting my husband see this post.
I thought he was the king of bike acquisition, but he's not even in the running
Well, that includes a couple of bikes that are pretty much hers and have been accumulated over a coupe of decades. And I have only ever let two bikes that were once mine go to other homes. And I do a lot of housework as penance.

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Originally Posted by gna View Post
+1. Pulled a muscle in my back trying to get my leg over the top bar without kicking my kid. That's why I'd like a mixte. Can't find a 23" one, though.
The Soma mixte comes in sizes up to 58cm/22.83".
http://www.somafab.com/geometry03.html
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Old 01-12-10, 06:55 PM
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I used an old women's frame middleweight cruiser as a paper route bike.It was easy just to lay it down and put the paper where the customer wanted it them just step over it,grab it and go.Alot easier than a"boy's" bike when you had to repeat the drill 30 times a day.Beat it hard and never had a problem.sold it to the kid who took over the route.I think he rode it for a few more years.
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Old 01-12-10, 09:25 PM
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Originally Posted by coolio View Post
Your're Wrong. You've obviously never ridden with a kid (not cargo!) in the back like in pix 3-4 above. You'd appreciate the ability to load him/her up and quickly straddling the bike via the step through. Gotto go with Mr Danw on this one.
Did you read the part that I said that the inherent loss of stiffness in a step-through frame was unimportant? I've said three separate times in this thread that there's nothing wrong with step-through bikes and that I think that riding them is a fantastic idea. But, while the ability to mount a bike without kicking your child in the head makes a step-through the best choice for most people carry children in child seats, you are fooling yourself if you think it's not going to have a greater negative effect on the handling than it would on a similarly built full-diamond frame. What I said you were wrong about was the claim that step-through frames are not inherently less stiff than full-diamond frames. They absolutely are. And stiffer bikes handle better with heavy loads (and yes, children count as "heavy loads"), full stop. The question is whether you should care. The answer, under most circumstances is "probably not." This is a matter that can be compensated with by overbuilding anyway, so chances are that your ladies' bike is comparable in stiffness to similarly-designed mens' bikes.

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how is this thread still going with such vitriol? For a given stiffness, a step through frame will be slightly heavier. That's it.

The main thing I dislike about mixtes (only mixtes, other step throughs don't have this problem) is you have two choices of brakes (if you want to do it right) you can either mount a pair of Mafac centerpulls, or spring for a pair of Pauls. A mixte doesn't look right without the rear brake cable coming down between the two top tubes, attached to the straddle wire of a nice centerpull brake mounted on the middle stay. V-O almost has it

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The new V-O Mixte is supposed to come in larger size, too.

What I meant to say is I can't find a 23" mixte on my local Craigslist (I'm on a budget).
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Back Wheel Carries More Weight

I entered this thread looking for the answer to this. No one seems to have mentioned it. Step-throughs put massively more weight on the back wheel, its not even close. Its like 3 to 1. I kept breaking spokes on my back wheel but never my front so I got curious and weighed each wheel with me sitting on the bike. I tried posting a picture of each wheel but I guess this forum wont let me unless I make 10 posts. Its 183 pounds on the back wheel and 65 pounds on the front.

I did not measure a triangular frame but I would assume that front bar would help it spread out more evenly. As such, a triangular frame would likely have better weight distribution and reliability as far as spoke breakage goes.
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Originally Posted by anon29836425 View Post
I entered this thread looking for the answer to this. No one seems to have mentioned it. Step-throughs put massively more weight on the back wheel, its not even close. Its like 3 to 1. I kept breaking spokes on my back wheel but never my front so I got curious and weighed each wheel with me sitting on the bike. I tried posting a picture of each wheel but I guess this forum wont let me unless I make 10 posts. Its 183 pounds on the back wheel and 65 pounds on the front.

I did not measure a triangular frame but I would assume that front bar would help it spread out more evenly. As such, a triangular frame would likely have better weight distribution and reliability as far as spoke breakage goes.
This is the result of high handlebars with a short reach (distance between saddle and handlebar), not the ladies' style frame.
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