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Small size step through frame, non-twist internal gear shifter

Old 05-21-15, 10:16 PM
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Small size step through frame, non-twist internal gear shifter

Not sure exactly under which category to post this thread

I was having a city/commuter bike custom built but they ran into some problems are no longer able to give me the frame I like with the options I wanted. Does anyone know where/if I can find a bike with the following options:
Step-through frame, either Dutch style or Mixte
Chromoly steel with lugs
Small frame size, I'm 5'3"
3 gears minimum, internal hub
NON-twist gear shifter (the bike I was planning on getting had sturmey archer 3 speed classic trigger shifter which fit the style of the bike)
And I need to be able to attach a Burley standard trailer hitch to rear drop out between axle and nut (hauling 2 kids)

I would also prefer drum brakes but not imparative.
Some of the manufactures I have looked at are:
Linus Mixte3 & Dutchi3 (Hi Tensile steel frame with Chromoly down tube), Mixtie8 & Dutchi8 (full Chromoly) All have Shimano Nexus twist shifter I believe.
PUBLIC M7i (full Chromoly) also has a Shimano twist shifter
and Papillionaire Sommer & Mixte which also have Nexus Shimano twist shifter.

How good are these Nexus Shimano shifters? I was really wanting to stay away from the twist thing.

As a side note:
I'm VERY new to learning about bikes... does anyone know how hard or costly would it be to change the type of shifter on an internal gear hub? Also is it possible to change rim brakes to hub brakes if I ever wanted to do so in the future? Would this present issues?

If the custom bike builder could give me all the items on my wants list but in Hi Tensile steel should I just go for it or is Chromoly really far superior? If I got it from them it would be a VERY expensive bike so I want to make sure I get the best quality possible.
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