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Old 03-19-16, 04:23 PM
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What do you know about step through bikes

Let me be honest. After a lifetime of accumulated injuries, I had a stroke last month and I'm afraid of my bikes. Not afraid to ride, but I am scared of falling when I try to dismount. I love my Giant Cypress and Novara Randonne, but don't think I can clear either the top tube or the saddle. Is there a step through out there with similar quality and features. I'm 5'6" with an actual inseam length of 26", so a frame with women's geometry is pretty much out of the question. Oh, my riding is pretty much on well maintained mups.

Also, a site giving solid specifications? Rans does, but at best, one model lists a minimum inseam of 27". I love their giving this information, but it does kind of eliminate them.
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Are you considering a recumbent or trike?
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Thanks Ron, but no. I really want something I can more or less toss on my receiver hitch rack. Keeping everything simple as possible, ya know?
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How about the Soma Buena Vista frame set and you transfer over your parts from your Novara. There is also a couple of Rivendell frames you could look at, but slightly more in cost.
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Thanks. I'll take a look at both.
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Maybe you can consider auxiliary wheels.It will make your cycling more safe.If you not ride so fast.
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Not quite sure what that means, Chris. The problem again is dismounting - not riding.
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Have you asked on the bike fitting forum?
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If you need ultra low step through, consider a Biria Easy Boarding bike. Easy Boarding Series | Biria Bicycles
I sold a ton of those when I had the bike shop. They were very popular, and everyone who bought them loved them.
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Folding bike
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Mixtes are unisex. Vintage or new, theyre a stylish solution. I built one for my wife and my limited movement post cancer brother and I use my wife's mixte often also (im a man)
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Only a month ago? Are you in PT? Maybe you need to give yourself some time to heal, and let your brain do any necessary rewiring. What about a stationary bike to practice on? Just a thought. Hope you get better soon.
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How about the Soma Buena Vista frame set and you transfer over your parts from your Novara. There is also a couple of Rivendell frames you could look at, but slightly more in cost.
I love my soma frame! And there are loads of sizes. I have mine setup pretty upright and I have a bigger frame since toe overlap was a problem for me. I also have 650b wheels. It is a super flexible frame.

I am 5'4" with a 31" inseam and my frame is 54cm. I have swept back bars, or it would be too long (top tube). You might try a 50cm frame.

Playing around with wheel size and bars can adjust the fit greatly.
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I love a step through frame. That's all we ride when we're in towns in Europe.
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Which one do you favor, ramzilla?
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Folding bike

My Bike Friday is a low step over Bike . their Oregon Factory makes bikes sized for the customer as the order comes up in the building Queue.


Lots of men ride Oma Step thru Bikes in NL .. a real advance in shared Parenting because you have the baby seat in the way
when swinging your leg over their little heads from the back ..

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Among folders, the most unique might be the Tern Castro Duo, with 24" wheels and 2-speed SRAM Automatix. The step-through frame descends just above the crankset. I haven't found another folding bike maker offering this frame type and 24" wheels.

Tern also offers the various Swoop models with very low step-through frames and 20" wheels, but these are less unique. The same frame type is available from various no-name Chinese makers for less money (although quality control may vary).

I was considering both of these last year when I first resumed cycling after a 30+ year hiatus. Injuries from a car wreck had limited my mobility and I thought a step-through frame would be ideal for getting started. I compromised on a compact frame full sized bike with sloping down tube, which has worked out well enough for me. But occasionally for shopping trips I'd still prefer a step-through, so I don't have to hoist my leg over the packed trunk bag and rear panniers.
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I'm going to post a BF-ers review of his soma.
Simply Cycle: Soma Buena Vista with Nuvinci Hub

And 2 more from lovely bicycle.
Lovely Bicycle!: Soma's Fab in 650B! A Test Ride of the Buena Vista Mixte
Lovely Bicycle!: A Soma Buena Vista Redux

Super versatile frame!
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Thanks guys. I hadn't had a thought about folding bikes, but they're starting to look good, though some are a bit more pricy than I was hoping for.
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