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Step-through bike frames for tall women

Two years ago, Kara of Knitting Lemonade wrote a guest post for LGRAB, describing her search for a chic bike that would fit her 6 foot frame.  Today, jamonwheels, a reader taller than Kara, asked:

I am finding it impossible to find a step through bike frame comfortably large enough from my large frame. I am 76 inches tall [ed. note: over 6'3], very tall for a woman, with a 36 inch inseam. Help! Are there really no frames for women larger than 19 inches?

I do not know much about taller bikes, so I checked out a few models that came to mind.  The WorkCycles Secret Service and WorkCycles Oma come as large as 24 inches (61 cm).  The WorkCycles Gr8 and WorkCycles Fr8 have a seat tube adjustable for riders up to 6’4.  The Rivendell Betty Foy comes in 24 inches (60 cm).  Note that the Betty Foy no longer is made in the 62 cm size.  The Pashley Princess comes in 22.5 inches (57 cm).  The Velorbis Victoria comes as large as 22 inches (56 cm).

A few brands I checked that do not have step-throughs tall enough for someone over 6 feet: Civia Twin City, Heritage Daisy, Public, Linus.

I’m sure there are other bikes out there.  Please share any and all suggestions in the comments!

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A Happy Morning

Happy: A cup of freshly brewed coffee.

Happier: Biking to an early yoga class.

Happiest: Unexpectedly seeing my good friend Sara while leaving the yoga studio and biking to work together.

Here’s to becoming a morning person!

:)

 

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We {heart} Knitting Lemonade’s Chic Bicycle Crafts

We gotta give a shout out to Kara of Knitting Lemonade for all the crafty bicycle goodness she has on her site this month.

You may remember that I met her by chance at Dutch Bike Co last year when she visited Chicago from Salt Lake City. She then guest blogged about the trials of finding a bicycle to fit taller ladies.

Kara with her Pashley, cape and bunting

Lately, Kara has been creating some fabulous bicycle accessories and sharing her work on her blog. She shows how to make a lovely basket bunting and how to make a super chic riding cape, both of which she test rode on her Pashley.

Bonus: she also found nail polish that matches her Betty Foy!

Craft on, ride on!

{Photo from Knitting Lemonade}

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Beautiful Bicycles: Pashley Sonnet Bliss (yes, again)

Today I stopped by Boulevard Bikes to visit the Pashley Sonnet Bliss. Lucky for me, one of the very few Pashley retailers in the U.S. is in Chicago. My love for Pashleys is no secret and I hope to own a Pashley one day. Of course, I also hope to own a bakfiets cargo bike, Brompton folding bike, ANT Light Roadster and Sweet Pea Little Black Dress, so… we’ll see.

Two years ago I seriously considered buying Pashley Princess Sovereign. I decided to buy my Dutch bike instead, but now I think owning both would not be too crazy.

A year ago, I rode and reviewed the Pashley Sonnet Bliss and fell in love. You can read all about the bike at the original review.

This is going down as “test ride a different type of bike than you normally ride” for the Summer Games. I swear the Pashley is different enough from my Oma to count! ;)

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LGRAB Learning Experiences: Week 1 Roundup

So far, LGRAB Summer Games Part II is off to a great start. We’ve had at least one person perform every task already! From carrying groceries to test-riding a Pashley or a Trek Belleville, our awesome readers are finding fun and creative ways to learn more about cycling. Without further ado, le round-up:

  • Perform a maintenance task — big or small!

Missy had to tune up her bike before competing in her first triathlon last weekend. Scott from Two Sixteen put together an amazing bar tape tutorial. Dave from Portlandize gave handsome Bertrand a bath, and Biking Toronto talked about restoring a vintage bike.

  • Decorate your bike

Two creative ideas here: Sumeha’s Ugly Pad, which I find pretty cute!

And customized wine-cork valve caps from 416 Cycle Style.

  • Read a book about cycling

Morty at Slow Bike Madison dug into The Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne, while Carolyn picked up The Art of Urban Cycling by Richard Hurst. Watch for our suggested bicycle reading list, coming soon.

  • Carry a load on your bike — groceries, etc.

Seeing the different things everyone carries by bike is so much fun. Smallest load: Margaret’s Frozen Yogurt (hey, a load is relative, I suppose!). Biggest potential? Scott’s modified trailer, which was ready to haul fence posts.  Dave and Patrina at Portlandize went to the farmer’s market, and Carice even carried flowers. (Miss Sarah has your water!) And one of you showed us how much you carry on your normal commute. We’re still waiting for the cargo bike brigade to weigh in—show us what you’ve got! :)

  • Test ride a different type of bike than you normally ride

This one brought us our first reader video submission: check out Sumehra and her sister test-riding a Pashley! Verdict: “This is the best bike ever.”

Meanwhile, Samantha rode a Bakfiets and Monty gave the Trek Belleville a spin.

What events will you be completing in this round? Don’t forget to email us with the details.

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The Essence of Stylish Cycling on Film

Miss Sarah of Girls and Bicycles created a video of her cycling through Edmonton on her Pashley Princess. Watching it was a delight and now I can’t get the song out of my head :) This is a must-see film – so fun, cute and stylish!

A still shot from Miss Sarah's video

Watch here! This is an entry in an “Edmonton Stories” contest, so don’t forget to vote. Read more about the film from Miss Sarah here.

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Beautiful Bicycles: Pashley Sonnet Bliss

My new bike crush is the Pashley Sonnet Bliss.  I’ve discussed the Pashley Princess Sovereign previously, which is very similar except the Bliss is different colors and does not have a full chaincase.  I seriously conisdered buying a Pashley last year, but the Azor Oma Dutch bike won out based on its incredibly sturdy and smooth ride. Recently I’ve been wanting a Pashley again – not instead of Oma, but in addition to Oma. Is that bad? If loving Pashley is wrong, I don’t want to be right. I can’t buy another bike at this time, anyway, so it’s only imaginary.  For now I will be satisfied with my recent test ride at Boulevard Bikes in Chicago. This was the first time I saw a Sonnet Bliss in real life and she is quite blissful :)

Test riding the Pashley Sonnet Bliss

Test riding the Pashley Sonnet Bliss

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Beautiful Bicycles: Pashley Princess Sovereign

My Pashley Princess Test Drive

My Pashley Princess Test Drive

Key to integrating cycling into my daily life is possession of a beautiful and functional bicycle.  Nearly everyone in America thinks of bikes as sports machines that require specialized or casual clothing.  With a certain type of beautiful and functional bicycle, this is simply false.  When I first started shopping for bikes, I did not know that such bikes existed – those with skirt and chain guards and dignified seating positions.  Last year I spent a lot of time researching and test riding beautiful bikes before finally choosing my Azor Oma from Dutch Bike Chicago.  This will be the first post in a series about the beautiful and functional bicycles I found.

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