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View Poll Results: Do you ride a step-through bike?
I am a man, and I don't ride step-through bike--that's for women!
30
28.57%
I am a woman, and I don't ride step-through bike.
8
7.62%
I am a man, and I ride a step-through bike--it's not just for women!
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40.00%
I am a woman, and I ride a step-through bike--it's more convenient.
14
13.33%
I don't know my gender, or what step-through is.
11
10.48%
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Do you ride step-through bikes (whether you are a man or woman)?

Old 12-25-16, 07:46 AM
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Great poll.....

I'm a clyde and look funny on little road bikes. Football build. I've never owned a road bike and left mtb biking over a decade ago. 2015 I got back into mtb and you can imagine my HORROR!! Geometry on mtb has changed so much; I bought a Trek Remedy 9 and it only comes in PURPLE!! And it does NOT have a straight top tube....YIKES.

2 years later, LOVE the color and the geometry is insane!

Now your poll.....leaves me confused. I no longer know what I am and where I fit
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Old 12-25-16, 08:35 AM
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Originally Posted by wipekitty View Post
Step-through for winter; otherwise, no. It makes my first few spring rides interesting when I forget to swing my leg over to dismount.

For winter it's just more convenient, with heavy clothes and heavy boots. I've also had better luck finding cheap but quality used MTBs in my size in a step-through or women-specific design.
My daughter's Calvin, manufactured in Germany by Bria, with a Sachs Torpedo 3speed coaster hub and 622 x 47 mm tires works great for my riding about town in the winter. An important positive feature of the step-thru frame is the quick and easy mounting/dismounting with heavy boots and bulky clothes, especially on slippery/snowy streets. The bicycle is built for comfort, not speed; grocery loads are easily handled with no frame flexing.
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Old 12-25-16, 09:38 AM
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I'd use a step-through if I had room for one. Perfect errand bike. My usual errand bike is a long wheelbase comfort hybrid with sloping top tube. Not quite crank-forward/flat-foot, but comfortable with a fairly heavy load including a 20-lb jug of cat litter strapped across the top of the rear rack. The spring suspension fork adds enough weight to keep things balanced with a heavy load on the back. And it feels very stable even when the load isn't perfectly distributed.

At the moment my usual errand bike is chainless -- it needs two chains spliced together, about 6-8 links longer than the usual 116 link chain. I bought the replacements last week but was so busy leading up to the holidays I haven't had time to measure and splice the new chain after removing the old chain and cleaning up the bike.

So yesterday I attached the grocery panniers to my rigid fork mountain bike with horizontal top tube. Urk. Felt weird. The balance was completely off, and the usually light front end felt like it was gonna wheelie any moment. With the bike loaded I couldn't easily sling a leg over the top tube, as I usually do with the other bike, or over the stuff loaded on the rear rack. Had to tip the bike toward me to hoist an aching hip over the bike, and nearly dumped it in the process. Then while riding my heels kept hitting the panniers -- practically had to pedal with my heels.

Yeah, I'd find a good use for a step-through.
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Old 12-25-16, 08:57 PM
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I can't answer the poll. I'm a man who rides a diamond frame, but I'm not afraid to ride a step-through. I say ride whatever you want. The days of silly gender typing bikes are long gone.

And no, I don't care if my son plays with dolls or if my daughter plays with toy trucks and legos. It's not 1950 any more.

And like I said, in a logical universe, men would be the ones riding step through frames, not having a bar up close to our tender bits.
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Old 12-25-16, 09:58 PM
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"I'm a guy and I ride a step-through."

2006 Schwinn Sierra DSX with SRAM 3 x 7 DualDrive

I've got several other bikes, but, I have to admit that I love this bike. The frame is very stiff. The bike dresses out at a porky 37 pounds, but it rolls along nicely. It's pretty much bomb proof.

I used it as a city bike and a commuter for a while. Now, I like to throw it on my car rack and take it on business trips. It's a great bike for new-to-me MUPs and rail trails. It travels well. I don't have to worry about it overnighting in a hotel garage.

I think that one of the things that some may have missed in the a couple of the older posts of this 2010 thread is what (I think) the "U" means in U-frame. This bike was marketed as a "Universal" frame. There have been at least a couple of attempts in the US to take the gender out of step-through frames. Calling them Universal frames was one.

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Old 12-27-16, 05:29 PM
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I ride the Citi Bike when I am in Manhattan, and every bike in the twelve thousand bike fleet is a Low step over, single tube frame.
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Old 12-28-16, 07:14 AM
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Does this count as 'step-through'?

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Old 12-28-16, 07:49 AM
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I don't see much what a mixte/step-thru frame solves for.

I've seen mentions of having a need to get off a bike in an emergency -- what does this mean? Both legs are to the side of the bike and you're holding your bike from the side? ie. instead of straddling? Otherwise, if this just means stopped and off the saddle, I don't see need for a step thru assuming a normal top tube does allow for standover. If it doesn't for you, your bike is too big.

The other main plug for step thru is difficulty with age swinging the leg over the saddle. Generally speaking, you can tilt a bike though all the way til it's laying on the ground.
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Old 12-28-16, 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
The other main plug for step thru is difficulty with age swinging the leg over the saddle. Generally speaking, you can tilt a bike though all the way til it's laying on the ground.
A lot of people are unable to envision a problem that someone else might be experiencing. Take, for example, diminishing flexibility and agility. If the bike is lying on the ground and you straddle it, you must still be able to pick it up easily, and if the bike has a handlebar bag and/or rack pack or baskets with stuff in them it will be even more difficult. A bike that is vertical on its wheels is very well balanced and easy to keep stable, even with weight on it, but get it leaning and watch out.
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Old 12-28-16, 11:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
Generally speaking, you can tilt a bike though all the way til it's laying on the ground.
Generally speaking, your tip is useless for anybody who carries cargo, groceries and/or stuff on a rack, basket or in panniers. Might be fine for those who carry nothing but a banana in the rear pocket of their cycling jersey.
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Old 12-29-16, 12:43 PM
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Easier to bail out when confronted by a truck at an unfamiliar intersection:
White Citi Bike by AviationMetalSmith, on Flickr
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The Downtube was 4 inches wide and more than 6 inches deep, in THIS Prototype:
Fiberglass Ladies Bicycle by AviationMetalSmith, on Flickr

The SIZE of the Downtube more than compensates for the lack of a Top Tube:

Fiberglass Ladies Bicycle by AviationMetalSmith, on Flickr

Like the Citi Bike, this Prototype features a heavy-duty Step-Through Frame , and a Protective Shield on the front :

Fiberglass Ladies Bicycle by AviationMetalSmith, on Flickr
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
I don't see much what a mixte/step-thru frame solves for.

I've seen mentions of having a need to get off a bike in an emergency -- what does this mean? Both legs are to the side of the bike and you're holding your bike from the side? ie. instead of straddling? Otherwise, if this just means stopped and off the saddle, I don't see need for a step thru assuming a normal top tube does allow for standover. If it doesn't for you, your bike is too big.

The other main plug for step thru is difficulty with age swinging the leg over the saddle. Generally speaking, you can tilt a bike though all the way til it's laying on the ground.
I don't like to swing my leg around the back when wearing a dress or skirt. Other people may not find that problematic.

Additionally, right now I have some tightness and flexibility issues on one side. The mixte frame I have is easier to mount when one leg can't be lifted high easily.
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I simply don't like the look of step thru framed and love the classic lines of a man's bike with a horizontal top tube. Perhaps one day when I get older and physical condition may require a step thru frame I'll re-visit that issue. But for now it's a traditional steel 'male' frame for me.
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Protection pluie et froid pour vélo urbain, vélo couché, scooter sénior - VELTOP

If an individual has a high sissy bar, or tailfins on the rear panniers, or even a Veltop, it is difficult to clear the leg aft of the seat.
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Originally Posted by hotbike View Post
The Downtube was 4 inches wide and more than 6 inches deep, in THIS Prototype:
Fiberglass Ladies Bicycle by AviationMetalSmith, on Flickr

The SIZE of the Downtube more than compensates for the lack of a Top Tube:

Fiberglass Ladies Bicycle by AviationMetalSmith, on Flickr

Like the Citi Bike, this Prototype features a heavy-duty Step-Through Frame , and a Protective Shield on the front :

Fiberglass Ladies Bicycle by AviationMetalSmith, on Flickr
I like pink but that has got to be the ugliest BSO ever!
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I like pink but that has got to be the ugliest BSO ever!
The "aerodynamic spoiler/fairing" was based on a large diesel truck. My daughter likes trucks.
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I've always said that the true bicycle design for men should be that of a stepthru for the simple fact that you wouldn't jeopardize the Jewels in case of a accidente,,,,imo
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I bought this one:
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My next commuter will definitely be a step through. I get on and off all the time. Plus, it make more sense for a male riding a step through because our sex organs are on the outside.
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