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Old 08-23-18, 05:16 AM
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Touring Unicorn : Flatbar Steel Step-Thru ?

at least in AUS/CAN/UK/USA/NZ .

Looking for the Unicorn .
I'll even accept aluminum .

I did find this from Rivendell Bicycle Works


and this , though more of a town bike that accepts racks .

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Old 08-23-18, 05:38 AM
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Originally Posted by pakeboi View Post
...Looking for the Unicorn...
a whole herd of unicorns on ebay if you can build up a frame

https://www.ebay.com/itm/17-Marin-Re...pid=8017038272

https://www.ebay.com/itm/19-Marin-Pi...id=11017189657
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Old 08-23-18, 06:13 AM
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Look for Miyata and Univega Mixte frames. All good, but sparse with braze-ons. Later Trek MTB girls frames are okay, and have more braze-ons, but are not as nice as mixte frames imho.
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The Riv one is probably the nicest new "stock" one you'll find nowadays, at least in the US market. You don't say what your price range is, but custom builders will obviously give you what you want (Bilenky pops to mind). There are a lot of nice "trekking" bikes out of Europe, in particular Germany, which have step through frames and serious touring components on them. For example, see https://www.fahrrad.de/trekkingbike-...ig-kaufen.html
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Old 08-23-18, 08:55 AM
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Bike Friday.. is functionally a step thru as well ..

Already Thousands if them touring around the globe..

With the added convenience of their Suitcase size pack ability,
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Keep in mind you will lose the ability to hold the bike upright between your thighs when stopped.
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though the legs below your knees are still able to do so..
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
though the legs below your knees are still able to do so..
that's a deal killer. how, in a treeless region, are you going to micturate?
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Back to kickstands, or lay the bike down, while you 'answer nature's call'







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Originally Posted by pakeboi View Post
and this , though more of a town bike that accepts racks .
Whats the difference? Ie what about a town bike that takes racks makes it unsuitable, ie gearing?
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Have you looked at the bikes by Vivente? They're based in Sydney, Australia but have a few fully spec'd touring models that are available with a choice of a normal or step through frame. Search for the 'The Gibb' World Randonneur and you should find a few pictures of the step through frame version.
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
Whats the difference? Ie what about a town bike that takes racks makes it unsuitable, ie gearing?
yes, the fietsbob gearing .
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Your first post was not perfectly clear, are you looking for a steel framed step through frame touring bike? If so, look at Thorn Sherpa (derailleur) or Thorn Raven (Rohloff).
https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/frames/4...ugh-frame-red/
https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/frames/4...ugh-frame-red/

I just linked to a couple frames in one color but they will build up the complete bike for you.

I have an older non-step through Sherpa, have used it for several tours starting in 2010, most recently used that bike for my Florida tour in February 2017.
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this month a

Thorn Raven Step-Through (UK)

was getting boxed shipped to where the cyclist called home..

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more ... https://www.cyclingabout.com/a-compl...through-mixte/
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I have always liked the looks of the Soma Mixte. Now that they take disc brakes, they're more appealing. I feel like the straight double top-tubes of the Mixte would be more sturdy than the more common, curved, step-through frame, but that's not really based on actual experience. In the end, other considerations outweighed the appeal of the mixte, but I still like the idea.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
I made a typo in original post .
I was trying to say that a Touring Flatbar Steel Step-Thru in AUS/CAN/UK/USA/NZ was a Unicorn .
Thanks to my good friend fietsbob for confirm that with the list .
Although I do see several custom builders from the USA on that list ; so thanks again my good friend .
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Bike Friday's Pocket Llama and NWT are both functionally a step thru,

406 - 20" wheels. made in Oregon.. extensive build list options..
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Does it need to be new? Trek built a zillion step through Multi Tracks
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