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Good modern steel step-through frame?

Old 04-27-09, 10:27 AM
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Good modern steel step-through frame?

I'm planning on building my girlfriend an around town bike, but I'm not sure what frame to use. Most big-name women's bikes seem to be gaudy looking and/or made of aluminum. Something simple and relatively inexpensive like a Surly would be ideal (but they don't make this type of frame). I live in Portland and while there are some custom builders here that would make the perfect frame, it's just too expensive to justify, not to mention the wait. An older used frame isn't out of the question, but I'm trying to plan this out ahead of time and there's just too much randomness in what shows up on craigslist at any time. It would also be nice to use modern parts and not worry about them fitting.

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Old 04-27-09, 10:41 AM
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- https://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/hybr...erbe-roadster/
- https://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/hybrid/roadster/
- Electra Amsterdam

I don't think you'll find a new steel step-through frame without going custom.

Plenty of old mixte frames are being rebuilt for this purpose.
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Old 04-27-09, 10:47 AM
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Wow, that Superbe is really nice actually. I might not have to build it custom after all.
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Old 04-27-09, 10:49 AM
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I tried to convince my wife that she needs/wants one of these because I think it looks nice and I want to build one up (but bike purchases for myself have been capped due to legitimate space concerns). My wife, however, remains annoyingly satisfied with her current ride.

For that reason, I really can't speak to any ride qualities of this frame, only that it's pretty, steel, step-through-ish, and brand new, so compatibility with modern parts should not be an issue.
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Old 04-27-09, 11:48 AM
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Biria makes them.
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Old 04-27-09, 11:59 AM
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Interesting. Hadn't noticed that Soma released the Buena Vista. I usually don't care that much, but for some reason I really think it's a shame to have a threadless headset on this bike.

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Old 06-09-21, 10:29 PM
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An elegant frame but max tire size is 27,5 x 42mm, narrower for 29" wheels.
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Old 06-10-21, 08:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Jack Kessler View Post
An elegant frame but max tire size is 27,5 x 42mm, narrower for 29" wheels.
Keep in mind this thread is from 2009 quite a long time ago When positing on a forum it is bad practice to post in old threads. If there hasn't been action in the thread for a couple months it is probably a good idea to leave the thread lie.
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Keep in mind this thread is from 2009 quite a long time ago When positing on a forum it is bad practice to post in old threads. If there hasn't been action in the thread for a couple months it is probably a good idea to leave the thread lie.
I've often heard this advice, but I must say I don't get it. As long as we recognize that the OP has probably long since chosen a frame for his/her girlfriend, I don't see any reason not to keep discussing steel-framed step-through bikes.

mackstann , do you still have the girlfriend, and what did you end up building for her?

Jack Kessler , why would anyone want to put tires wider than 42mm on a Soma mixte? That's nutty. Esp. in Portland (but everywhere, really), you need fenders. I'd recommend 32 or even 28mm.
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Originally Posted by brianinc-ville View Post
I've often heard this advice, but I must say I don't get it. As long as we recognize that the OP has probably long since chosen a frame for his/her girlfriend, I don't see any reason not to keep discussing steel-framed step-through bikes.
The whole idea is the thread has been completely dormant since 2009 which is 12 years ago. It is one thing to comment in an active thread but one that people are no longer posting in especially from that long ago is kind of odd and doesn't quite make sense. Nothing wrong with discussing anything bike related here but posting in really old threads and responding to people who may not have posted in a long time is kind of wrong. You can create a new thread if you really need to discuss something relevant but when the thread is dead let it lie.
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..it looks nice and I want to build one up...
The Mixte is a proven design, and it is not a girls bike. It is made for incredible strength and allows for the rider to step into the bike when it is fully loaded. I have seen these bikes so loaded with produce the rider was only able to push it along the street side. I to want to build one up and I have a Peugeot Mixte frame just waiting for my parts bin to get loaded enough I can start the creation and make it ALIVE!

Another Franken-Mixte... Ohhh Yeahhh...
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Old 06-12-21, 07:54 PM
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The whole idea is the thread has been completely dormant since 2009 which is 12 years ago. It is one thing to comment in an active thread but one that people are no longer posting in especially from that long ago is kind of odd and doesn't quite make sense. Nothing wrong with discussing anything bike related here but posting in really old threads and responding to people who may not have posted in a long time is kind of wrong. You can create a new thread if you really need to discuss something relevant but when the thread is dead let it lie.
Disagree. Threads don't die; they just get more historically interesting. This one, for instance, is interesting in light both of the continuities to 2009 (Soma is still making the Buena Vista) and the differences (Raleigh is no longer making that version of the Superbe, but on the other hand the choices in today's market for that general type of bike have increased greatly). I for one would much rather see somebody add to an old thread, keeping the historical context going, than start a redundant new thread.
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Originally Posted by brianinc-ville View Post
Disagree. Threads don't die; they just get more historically interesting. This one, for instance, is interesting in light both of the continuities to 2009 (Soma is still making the Buena Vista) and the differences (Raleigh is no longer making that version of the Superbe, but on the other hand the choices in today's market for that general type of bike have increased greatly). I for one would much rather see somebody add to an old thread, keeping the historical context going, than start a redundant new thread.
I mean if nobody posts in them for 12 years, they aren't active, so one could consider them dead or at least in a vegetative state if they aren't actually closed. I wouldn't want to be a vegetable and then be turned into a zombie.

It is one thing if it is your own thread and you are posting say updates on the bike you were building or had some really useful but hard to find information that people really need to know desperately or something like that but beyond that let a sleeping dog lie. Especially after that long probably most people have long moved on either from the forum or from that specific post.

Heck old me and now me would not get along in terms of cranks and bottom brackets and tire width. Square taper and skinny is no longer my jam, jelly or marmalade. I wouldn't want to revive a discussion I had that long ago.
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Since this has been revived......

Azor makes a steel step-through frame although I'm not sure how you would go about getting just the frame in the states. I went with a total build from them but opted for an aluminum frame. Still should be super strong, and last forever.


8 speed IGH, roller brakes, heavy duty racks, hub dynamo, front stabiliser, dual leg kickstand, etc. A lot in the states will call it a women's bike but I don't care. Step-trough just makes sense.


So, they offer this same design in steel also as mentioned above.
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