Step through touring bike

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Thehairs1970
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Step through touring bike

Postby Thehairs1970 » 1 Feb 2020, 6:54pm

My other half is a great cyclist but problems with her hips mean getting on the bike is a problem. She can tip her road bike enough but a fully laden touring bike is becoming impossible. Does anyone have any suggestions for a step through tourer? Needs to £1000max with provision for front and read carriers.

nsew
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Re: Step through touring bike

Postby nsew » 1 Feb 2020, 7:18pm

Oxford Bike Works do a step through version of their tourer.


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Re: Step through touring bike

Postby djnotts » 1 Feb 2020, 8:42pm

If want a flat bar "trekking" style there's lots on ebay e.g "Breezer liberty". Trad drop bar take less common, but this looks the part:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Temple-Cycle ... 1438.l2649

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Re: Step through touring bike

Postby Bonefishblues » 1 Feb 2020, 8:58pm

nsew wrote:Oxford Bike Works do a step through version of their tourer.

Hadn't noticed that before. Interesting, perhaps a little higher step through than many.

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Look for "Trapeze" frame ?

Postby zenitb » 2 Feb 2020, 2:52am


Thehairs1970
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Re: Step through touring bike

Postby Thehairs1970 » 2 Feb 2020, 7:40am

Thanks for the replies so far. I reckon Oxfored and Thorn are too expensive, esp Thorn, but will check it out. Temple Cycles are looking lovely.
zenitb wrote:e.g. Cube Travel Trapeze

I've seen this. Any experience of it?

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Re: Step through touring bike

Postby Bonefishblues » 2 Feb 2020, 8:37am

Thehairs1970 wrote:Thanks for the replies so far. I reckon Oxfored and Thorn are too expensive, esp Thorn, but will check it out. Temple Cycles are looking lovely.
zenitb wrote:e.g. Cube Travel Trapeze

I've seen this. Any experience of it?

...although that Thorn frame in 390S, if it fitted, is a good buy at £300 and could be built up within budget.

If OBW does the open frame in 1E spec*, I actually think that's quite good value, in the grand scheme of things, for a builder who makes very low numbers. Deserves a look/call, I'd say.

*Whose price he's held for c5 years IIRC

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Re: Step through touring bike

Postby Bonefishblues » 2 Feb 2020, 8:42am

Thehairs1970 wrote:Thanks for the replies so far. I reckon Oxfored and Thorn are too expensive, esp Thorn, but will check it out. Temple Cycles are looking lovely.
zenitb wrote:e.g. Cube Travel Trapeze

I've seen this. Any experience of it?

That rear rack arrangement looks like the carrier is attached to, and stabilised by, the polyprop. mudguard?

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Re: Step through touring bike

Postby Bsteel » 2 Feb 2020, 9:25am

A few more options listed here. Also a better picture of the cube (German model)

https://www.cyclingabout.com/a-complete ... ugh-mixte/

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Re: Step through touring bike

Postby Cunobelin » 2 Feb 2020, 9:29am

Thorn's Raven series is not cheap but offered a couple of different designs

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Re: Step through touring bike

Postby Bonefishblues » 2 Feb 2020, 9:34am

Bsteel wrote:A few more options listed here. Also a better picture of the cube (German model)

https://www.cyclingabout.com/a-complete ... ugh-mixte/

That's a good resource - and the Cube's stay's not airbrushed out, either!

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Re: Step through touring bike

Postby ubert767 » 2 Feb 2020, 10:03am

Depending upon your wife's attachment to here present touring bike, you might consider adapting the existing frame.
My wife experienced a similar problem and had her Thorn Nomad top tube/seat tube junction lowered 100mm.
She is very pleased the result.

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Re: Step through touring bike

Postby Jdsk » 2 Feb 2020, 10:44am

Dawes don't seem to be making one at the moment but there are lots of Dawes Galaxy Ladies Low Step Alloys around, eg:
https://outlet.e-bikesdirect.co.uk/bikes/adult-bikes/road-bikes/dawes-galaxy-ladies-low-step-alloy-touring-road-bike-24-speed-700c-43cm-frame

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Re: Step through touring bike

Postby Thehairs1970 » 2 Feb 2020, 12:51pm

ubert767 wrote:Depending upon your wife's attachment to here present touring bike, you might consider adapting the existing frame.
My wife experienced a similar problem and had her Thorn Nomad top tube/seat tube junction lowered 100mm.
She is very pleased the result.


Nice idea but my wife's current tourer needs everything overhauled so I think this would be a bit of a waste of money.

Jdsk wrote:Dawes don't seem to be making one at the moment


Yes! Why?

Bonefishblues wrote:
Bsteel wrote:A few more options listed here


Seen that but most seem to be Europe based.

OBW is interesting and I have emailed them.

Cheers for all your thoughts.