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mixte or step through frame..

Old 06-18-14, 05:47 AM
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mixte or step through frame..

I know it probably partially is a personal choice but even then I don't think I have been able to find much (or just not knowing how to find it) online even then...

if its for a bicycle that would see many 'hop on, cruise three blocks, hop off for twenty minutes, and repeat' uses aside to 10km rides alone or with someone else on varying hard surfaces then any though on the suggestive pro vs con for both frame types?

the hard surface isn't always smooth (winter-dated cracks, small potholes from rain, etc) but thats probably typical for many bikers

I'm pretty much looking to run a gearhub, use a basic fork, and mount a narrow basket on the front regarding frame related things I could think of right now
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Old 06-18-14, 06:03 AM
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My bet is you're going to get a lot of answers that talk about strength and rigidity. I don't know how to evaluate either of those factors. I can't remember ever seeing a step through bicycle that had a broken frame so I'm going to guess they're strong enough. Rigidity is something you might be able to get a feel for with a test ride. If you don't feel anything (my bet) I'd say that's rigid enough.

I'd decide by evaluating the rest of the bicycle. What does the riding position feel like? Does everything work crisply? How do the seat and handlebars feel? Weight matters because you'll have to lift it up stairs, loading it into your car and the like. Even the color matters because, if you LOVE it, you'll feel better every time that you ride it.
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Old 06-18-14, 09:53 AM
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That is what my folding bikes offer.. a low step over height .. swing my leg over ahead of the saddle ..


FWIW,
2 young guys from Sweden came thru town last november , they had ridden their steel, Swedish step thru town bikes , with a Shimano 8 speed IGH rear wheel

From Anchorage AK down the Al-Can Highway thru the Yukon, B.C. and WA state , and were going to do the rest of the coast , across the southern tier,
then Fly Home from Miami Fla ..
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Old 06-18-14, 10:04 AM
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I have two bikes. A Giant Cypress with a sloping top tube that is at about the same height as the Buena Vista mixte made by SoMA and a Dutch-style step-through bike made by Achielle. For quick trips around town with lots of on-and-off the bike stops, I greatly prefer the loop frame, especially if I am wearing a skirt or dress. It's easier to mount and dismount, and the IGH is fantastic for riding in traffic. I commute 12 miles r/t on that bike four days a week and regularly take it to lunch with friends and so forth. It's a great bike for practical, everyday transportation. On the other hand, if I want to take a longer, faster ride, then I hop on the Giant.

If you are looking online, check out the loop and mixte frames made by Public. I've heard good things about them, but have never ridden one. Here's a link: PUBLIC Bikes Classic European city bikes designed for today. If your budget is higher than that, then you might want to look at the SoMA Buena Vista: Soma Buena Vista mixte | Joe Bike. I very nearly ordered that bike. My own bike came from here: A Street Bike Named DesireA Street Bike Named Desire. They have lots of loop frame options and will ship.

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Old 06-18-14, 10:14 AM
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old step through frames
mainly steel ones
were sometimes so flexible
that they were scary to ride

most modern bikes are made from much thicker
much stiffer
aluminum tubing
rather than flexible thin steel

and like mentioned above
i have also never seen a broken step through frame

so if you are buying a new bike
a regular step through should be perfect for the type of riding you described

but if you are looking for something used
then a mixte frame might be a good choice

very few modern manufacturers sell mixte frames now
but many or most bikes are still available with a step through frame
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Old 06-18-14, 11:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Giant Doofus View Post
I have two bikes. A Giant Cypress with a sloping top tube that is at about the same height as the Buena Vista mixte made by SoMA and a Dutch-style step-through bike made by Achielle. For quick trips around town with lots of on-and-off the bike stops, I greatly prefer the loop frame, especially if I am wearing a skirt or dress. It's easier to mount and dismount, and the IGH is fantastic for riding in traffic. I commute 12 miles r/t on that bike four days a week and regularly take it to lunch with friends and so forth. It's a great bike for practical, everyday transportation. On the other hand, if I want to take a longer, faster ride, then I hop on the Giant.

If you are looking online, check out the loop and mixte frames made by Public. I've heard good things about them, but have never ridden one. Here's a link: PUBLIC Bikes Classic European city bikes designed for today. If your budget is higher than that, then you might want to look at the SoMA Buena Vista: Soma Buena Vista mixte | Joe Bike. I very nearly ordered that bike. My own bike came from here: A Street Bike Named DesireA Street Bike Named Desire. They have lots of loop frame options and will ship.
I've got a step-thru Public bike c7i (the 7 speed with an internal hub). Love it. Super easy to deal with skirts and traffic lights. My friend has a Public mixte. She didn't like the bike I have because she feels like it is "slow" and the mixte gives you a sportier ride if you choose. A little more work to get on with your skirt, but not too bad.

I have sone about 12 miles round trip on my bike no problems. But it would be fair to say I don't think it is a bike for people who want to go over 20-25mph. That's not me, so I don't care.

You can also check out Linus for similar bikes to Public. Haven't ridden one yet, but heard good things.

My public is ridiculously easy to ride and looks super sharp, I get so many compliments when I am out and about. At least a couple people ask me where I got my bike on a give day, and the Public warehouse is in my city!
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Old 06-18-14, 12:36 PM
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Old 06-18-14, 03:24 PM
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thanks a lot all of you...I ended up on Achielle's site and before I knew it I was looking at several canadian dealers...geeze...well...I mean I was kinda wondering if my only sole option was to assemble my own wish starting with an used frame but after looking at so many bicycles that do have a gearhub and disc brake combinations by default for example I'm already considering myself wrong! :-)

jade408 thats exactly what I was looking for..beside trying to do 20kph means you're only going to plow into the back of too many people *grins too much*

I think the question I started here is probably settled now so again many thanks :-)
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Old 12-23-16, 06:49 AM
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another zombie thread brought back. why?
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another zombie thread brought back. why?
“There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?” (Robert F. Kennedy)
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“There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?” (Robert F. Kennedy)
How does this relate to the rejuvenation of a zombie thread by a rider of a girl's bike on his way to batting practice? Twice.
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Old 12-23-16, 11:34 AM
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He's actually revived at least 3 zombie threads to show the same fascinating pics
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Having gotten back into biking about 40 years ago, I remember that high quality mixte bikes back then did have a small percentage of bike sales. The of course were ridden a lot by women and shorter men. Further depending on use, they made sense for a lot of people to ride.
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