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Should I buy a step through bike?

  • 02-08-2021 9:50am
    Registered Users Posts: 3,083 ✭✭✭ stevek93

    Hi all,

    Should I buy a step through bike? The reason why I am asking is the stigma attached to it, "it is a girls bike".

    This is something what I want to buy

    The reasons why, if I am carrying something on the back and I swing my leg over I end up kicking everything and potentially knocking the items off the bike, or if I need to lean the bike to the side to get into it again what is on the back will fall off.

    Another reason is, it is so much easier to get into it!

    I wonder what people's opinion are? 😊


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,864 ✭✭✭ KevRossi

    Get one and to hell with opinion. I wanted a trapeze frame (sort of between yours and a 'man's frame) for my current e-bike but there was a long delivery time on it so I got the standard 'men's frame'. Most days it's fine, I usually push off and use the pedal to swing my leg over, but I'd prefer the trapeze frame long term.

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 42,388 Mod ✭✭✭✭ magicbastarder

    buy the bike that suits you best. f* the begrudgers (not that i think there will be many)

  • Registered Users Posts: 46,954 ✭✭✭✭ tayto lover

    I’d buy that. Get what’s comfortable for you to ride. I wouldn’t care or even think about what anyone would say or think on the matter. That’s a lovely bike.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,197 ✭✭✭✭ Enfilade

    Is a pannier bag an option for the current bike, assuming your not using one already?

    I'd agree with the others though, nothing wrong with a step through. As you say far easier for getting on and off and if it's going to mean you get more use of the bike go for it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,083 ✭✭✭ stevek93

    Yes I have a pannier bag on my current bike, I bought a nice bouquet of flowers recently put them in my pannier bag put my leg over and WHACK! RIP flowers 😁

    Not I want a step through bike to save my flowers 😁 but I often had this issue with large items sticking out of the bag.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,526 ✭✭✭ Flinty997

    I've gotten used to folding bikes they are mostly all step through. It just handier at times.

    If you look at people in Holland, a lot of all genders ride step through bikes. Its just seen as a normal practical bike.

    Many of the commuting eBikes are the same, as are Rental bikes like Dublin bikes etc.

    I wouldn't worry about it, I would just ride what works for you.

  • Registered Users Posts: 336 ✭✭ Mr. Cats

    Islabikes have started making step through bikes the last few years with the idea that they’re more suitable for particular riders (both male and female).

    I’ve no idea what they ride like but the quality of their kids bikes is fantastic. The third one on link below definitely looks ‘masculine’ in my view if that’s your concern.

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,662 ✭✭✭✭ Wishbone Ash

    They're a curse when you stop mid-ride though to check phone or take a pic as the bike falls over as there's no top bar to rest against your inside leg (speaking from riding a horrible one today).

  • Registered Users Posts: 8 begorrah2

    Nice looking bike - but it is for a woman - surely they make a version for a man - be different show you are a man - get a man's bike.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,083 ✭✭✭ stevek93

    Oh yes, that is true, I didn't think of that. Would be rather embarrassing at the lights 😁

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,662 ✭✭✭✭ Wishbone Ash

    Well, only a problem if you take your hands off the handlebars at the lights!

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,042 ✭✭✭✭ Podge_irl

    Yeah, you need to go for the leaning on the handlebars with your elbows while you use your phone approach.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,526 ✭✭✭ Flinty997

    Only a problem if you stop at lights...😱

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,124 ✭✭✭ Rechuchote

    Be confident in your sexual identity. Get the bike that suits your needs.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,629 ✭✭✭ cletus

    It doesn't look particularly like a woman's bike (whatever that might be). It just looks like a commuter bike, which is what it is. Get the bike, go cycling

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,592 ✭✭✭✭ tomasrojo

    Funnily enough, bikesnobnyc had a column on this exact subject very recently.

  • Registered Users Posts: 187 ✭✭ Jonesy101

    I say go for a step though. But you there are options that have a lower cross bar that you cant really tell whether its ladies specific or not like this cool cannondale treadwell

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,931 ✭✭✭ caviardreams

    Honestly OP don't worry - lots of females have a "man's" bike with a crossbar and it doesn't matter a whit!