I think the “paperclip” design is an innovative way to do a unisex frame, and might actually be successful – in comparison to other step-through frames that are stubbornly perceived as “women’s frames” in most areas of the world despite their intentions to be unisex. This is a great idea and I’d love to see one of these bicycles in person.
With the weight and only three speeds how is it on hills?
I haven’t received the bicycle yet. I should in the next could days though, and will reply once I have a better answer
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I on the other hand have a similar, but opposite problem. I have short legs apparently for my height, and a long upper body, whic means NOTHING is made to fit me. (I am 6 feet tall, and wear tall shirts/jackets/coats, and have about a 30″ inseam.) Is there a bicycle that fits this combination? (Don’t forget to account for the arthritic hips, shoulders and lower back, which force me to ride in an upright position, whether I want to or not.) Also, I should also specify, I need 26″ wheels and tires, as only they can support my weight (300-350 pounds.) So if it says 700C, don’t even start. 26×2.35″ or wider? Check!
I guess I need a the rear wheel of a Cadillac Fleetwood cruiser, with the nuvinci CVPT. This tranny is a lot more flexible than an alfine transmission, but, yes, it weighs more. Throw in the fenders and rearview mirrors (I’m accustomed to riding a motorcycle, more than a bicycle, so I am used to the right side grip being the rear brake, and a PAIR of rear view Mirrors that can’t view past my shoulders, except in a sharp turn.)
And then I have to transplant that rear wheel/shifter combination, on to some sort of Nirve (possibly) Lowrider, with an extremely long top bar. Any other suggestions?
I have a long top and short bottom also, but with short arms. I find that a shorter (not longer) top tube and higher stem and lots of seat post set-back work best.