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I am a man, and I don't ride step-through bike--that's for women!
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I am a woman, and I don't ride step-through bike.
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I am a man, and I ride a step-through bike--it's not just for women!
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I am a woman, and I ride a step-through bike--it's more convenient.
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Do you ride step-through bikes (whether you are a man or woman)?

Old 10-19-10, 11:19 PM
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
Would this be considered step-through? I mean, it's only knee-height anyway.

Oh, I like... who makes it?
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I started riding a step through because of hip problems, after my left hip got replaced I needed a no-impact way to get some exercise and the bicycle seemed like a perfect choice. But, I still wasn't strong enough to throw my leg up over a high top bar.

Personally I think the Bicycle Sales Market is missing out on a huge segment of the population by not offering a larger step through frame bike, and by sticking to the outdated dogmatic idea that any step through frame is a so-called "Ladies/Woman's frame. With all the different frame types out there the lines become blurred pretty easy anymore.

What would you call this?....

They just call it "Unisex"...
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Women's, Men's, or Unisex?... Is there really enough difference to be concerned with?...
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Originally Posted by Bionicycle View Post


Women's, Men's, or Unisex?... Is there really enough difference to be concerned with?...
This is for those who don't know their genders

Is step-through safer, as far as emergency dismounting is concerned?
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Am I the only one who prefers step-through for reason that it makes me feel safer? In case of emergency, I feel that I can get off a step-through much quicker and would not get my leg tangled on the top tube (or the seat).
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Is step-through safer, as far as emergency dismounting is concerned?
What sort of emergency would require you to get off your bicycle quickly?
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
What sort of emergency would require you to get off your bicycle quickly?
Sudden stops on the MUP when Ms. Oblivion has fido on a long leash and he darts between your wheels. Quickest way to stop was nail the brakes and put both feet down to keep from going over, I was on my Twenty at the time, if I had been on a full sized bike I probably would have crashed.

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Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
Sudden stops on the MUP when Ms. Oblivion has fido on a long leash and he darts between your wheels. Quickest way to stop was nail the brakes and put both feet down to keep from going over, I was on my Twenty at the time, if I had been on a full sized bike I probably would have crashed.

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Ah I see ... which is why I avoid riding MUPs as much as possible.

And why my road bicycles are fairly small and have a sloping top tube.
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When I was bike-shopping in the fall of 2004, I only considered a step-through frame. Diamond frames have a hostile, "you can't ride me" look about them, whereas step-throughs look inviting and instantly ridable. (Yes, I realize I'm anthropomorphizing.)
Plus, I can't hoist my leg over even a small diamond frame. And why would I want to?
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
What sort of emergency would require you to get off your bicycle quickly?
I ride in NYC, so a lot of chances for emergency stop--when a pedestrian doesn't look or hear (very common!), or a bus/truck suddenly stops in front of me, dogs,... Occasionally (happened a few times) there is a curb down or up that has no marking and is hardly visible until getting very close...

The only good things about a horizontal top tube I can think of is light weight and the flexibility to mount bottles, pumps, U locks, etc.
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Well, at age 5 1/2 I taught myself to ride by borrowing a female friend's Schwinn Pixie for a couple of hours. I also used to have a Sears Free Spirit 10 speed with a step-through frame as my back-up bike.
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Originally Posted by vol View Post
This is for those who don't know their genders

Is step-through safer, as far as emergency dismounting is concerned?

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009...ikes-safer.php
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If you have ever ruptured the bursa in your knee by slamming it against the top tube you can appreciate a step through frame... they are not as stiff as a diamond frame and tend to be heavier but are ideal for urban riding.
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Wow, thanks for that link! So glad I was not talking nonsense! I hope the bike makers can figure out a way to reduce the weight of step-through bikes.
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That treehugger link is interesting. But if you are old or have a stability problem, you'd probably be better off on a trike anyway.
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Around here most of the girly frame bikes are ridden by guys. It seems to be very related to baggy, low riding pants- crotch heights being lower and needing more room. Or they are unable to swing their leg high enough to get over a "guys" style frame with such low hanging pants. Having to ride a girly bike is the consequence of what is seen as a manly fashion statement.
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Around here most of the girly frame bikes are ridden by guys. It seems to be very related to baggy, low riding pants- crotch heights being lower and needing more room. Or they are unable to swing their leg high enough to get over a "guys" style frame with such low hanging pants. Having to ride a girly bike is the consequence of what is seen as a manly fashion statement.
"Girly frame"? What the hell is a "girly frame?"
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Ah I see ... which is why I avoid riding MUPs as much as possible.

And why my road bicycles are fairly small and have a sloping top tube.
I avoid MUP's too, but in this case it was the lesser of two evils for getting where I needed to go.

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Wow, thanks for that link! So glad I was not talking nonsense! I hope the bike makers can figure out a way to reduce the weight of step-through bikes.
Step through frames need to be heavier generally due to the frame not being triangulated which means more material is required in the tubing to provide adequate stiffness and frame strength. The Mixte is an exception as the diagonal tubes aid frame stiffness considerably and several companies such as Soma, and VO are now doing mixte frames in sizes for people up to about 6' or so. IMO the steel Mixte frame is the best compromise between standover height and frame stiffness at a reasonable weight.
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Mixte bikes=unisex.
Yep, works for me !
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It's interesting to note that ALL the bikes in this share program are heavy duty "girls" bikes !!

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Originally Posted by tatfiend View Post
Step through frames need to be heavier generally due to the frame not being triangulated which means more material is required in the tubing to provide adequate stiffness and frame strength. The Mixte is an exception as the diagonal tubes aid frame stiffness considerably and several companies such as Soma, and VO are now doing mixte frames in sizes for people up to about 6' or so. IMO the steel Mixte frame is the best compromise between standover height and frame stiffness at a reasonable weight.
Yep... A Mixte works well for me. That's my Fuji Mixte in my signature line. I'm 5'11- 6' depending on whether I'm slouching, and my Mixte fits me just fine. Twenty inch seat tube, with laid back geometry and an upright seating position. But, I also ride a U-frame step through as well ( they seem to call that style a "Wave Frame" in Europe) I still think the whole Male, Female bike frame idea is stupid in general, but I've felt that way every since I was a kid... I'm nearly fifty now.

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The older I get, the harder it is to swing the leg over the saddle! I have two bikes, an old Raleigh road bike and a converted MTB I use for touring and commuting. The MTB has a small frame and sloping top tube. If it wasn't for the sloping top tube that I can step through, I probably wouldn't ride it as much. I have a hard time getting on/off the Raleigh so it just sits.

My next bike build will definitely have a deep sloping top tube or be a Mixe. Function over fashion. It's always been that way for me.

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I'm a 50+ year old woman and I ride both a Specialized Tricross and a Trek Allant WSD. It has been my feeling that a DF bike is more for sport, competition or recreation, whereas a step-thru is more urban or lifestyle oriented. I use my cyclocross DF for training rides to prep for touring and my step-thru for errands or getting around locally, and that includes 28-mile roundtrip rides to get dog food. For me, it is much easier to see traffic and stop suddenly on the Allant. I never understood why step-thru's were designated a "girl's" frame in the first place.
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But, I also ride a U-frame step through as well ( they seem to call that style a "Wave Frame" in Europe)
Assuming I know what you mean by "U-frame"... It seems "V-frame" is structurally stronger than U-frame, thus could be lighter (closer to horizontal top tube than U-frame)?
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I'm a 50+ year old woman and I ride both a Specialized Tricross and a Trek Allant WSD. It has been my feeling that a DF bike is more for sport, competition or recreation, whereas a step-thru is more urban or lifestyle oriented. I use my cyclocross DF for training rides to prep for touring and my step-thru for errands or getting around locally, and that includes 28-mile roundtrip rides to get dog food. For me, it is much easier to see traffic and stop suddenly on the Allant. I never understood why step-thru's were designated a "girl's" frame in the first place.
Because they were designed way back in the dark ages (1850?) for women in skirts.

With all the improvements in steel and aluminum materials I think strength is less of an issue today than it was 50 years ago. Yes the step through frame is going to be a tad heavier than the diamond frame and it may flex a bit more, but how many people are really going to be riding a step through like they are in the TDF?

In Germany they sell three types of bikes, the typical diamond frame, the step through, and a low tube step through. Men's, Women's and Monotube is the way the have them listed. However for the most part in the areas of the EU where cycling is a normal way of life you will see people riding anything and everything and not thinking about it one bit.

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