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Offline fastrog

« on: August 13, 2018, 09:23:27 pm »
hope someone can help. i've got mild balance issues and some arthritis. it is getting harder to get my leg over the bar of the surly. i have to lean on a wall or a post to get the job done. i'm wondering about a mixte frame, like the soma. would it flex so much as to be squirrely? any other ideas? thanks.

Offline John Nelson

Re: mixte
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2018, 10:05:25 pm »
Can you mount the bike by laying it flat on the ground, stepping over it and pulling the bike up?

Offline fastrog

Re: mixte
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2018, 11:30:09 pm »
i have tried that, but that is where the balance issue comes in. still have to stand on one leg and put the other across the frame, and it is a long stretch for me. would be a shorter stretch to go across a mixte. btw: someone may suggest i need a smaller surly, but it is a 54 and i am 6 feet, so thoretically is about right.

Offline danny dea

Re: mixte
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2018, 12:33:22 pm »
You might look at Bike Friday.  They make a range of bikes from touring to tandems and are very well made.  Easy to mount and nice to travel with.

Offline Old Guy New Hobby

Re: mixte
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2018, 12:43:06 pm »
There are plenty of bikes with step-through frames. They tend to be more popular with women. Many have a more upright seating. They tend to be a little heavier, with a little extra steel to compensate for not having the top bar. But they're fine bikes. Check out the REI Townie.

Offline canalligators

Re: mixte
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2018, 11:45:05 pm »
The classic mixte frame, like on the Soma, is a very rigid frame.  Guarantee it flexes less than most diamond frame bikes.

Offline fastrog

Re: mixte
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2018, 12:59:48 am »
thanks. nice to know. i thought the classic diamond was king of stiffness, assuming frame materials and construction, etc., were equal.