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Old 10-09-14, 12:08 PM
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Is this bike a a female bike?

I am looking to buy this bike from someone on craigslist. I just want to make sure it's a guys bike and not a female's bike. Can anyone tell by just looking at this pic if it is for a man?

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I'd call that one unisex. The ladies version has the top tube meet the seat tube a little lower:



These bikes aren't really assembled with much mileage in mind, so if you intend to ride it a lot, I'd repack the bottom bracket, hubs and headset right away. They hardly put any grease on these bearings in the factory.
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Old 10-09-14, 02:37 PM
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I am looking to buy this bike from someone on craigslist. I just want to make sure it's a guys bike and not a female's bike. Can anyone tell by just looking at this pic if it is for a man?

Schwinn mountain bike

(By the way, I talked him down to 60)
What exactly is a "female bike?"

Does it fit? Is it the right price? Is is what you want? Then make it your bike.
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Just about ALL mtn bikes are like this, and are unisex (or sexless). The top tube is lowered to improver stand over height in the event that you have to dismount on an uneven surface, ie. with the bike across a double track and you standing in a low spot.

These days the sloping top tube configuration is more and more common even on road bikes because it allows a higher handle bar while keeping the standover height lower.

The classic girl's or lady's bike still exists but mainly in childrens bikes and upright style bikes of the kind used in Holland.
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yep, a uni... and $60 should be it... schwinns like this are on sale for $89.99/$99.99 quite a bit....
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I remember way back in the 80s when nobody made mountain bikes with sloping top tubes, even on "tiny" 17 inch frames. Now everybody does, including on larger sizes. One of the early Cannondale frames of the era (can't remember if it was road or MTB) in a small size actually had the level top tube join to the large diameter down tube rather than the head tube.
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That's not a mountain bike, that's a bike made for casual trail riding, the flats maybe.
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