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Looking for a bike that has the lowest bar possible. Any suggestions on one?

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Initial post: Jul 2, 2012 8:02:40 AM PDT
This will be for a relative who had a hip replacement and cannot lift her feet up over a regular women's bar. Thanks

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 9:31:23 AM PDT
It's Me says:
I wasn't sure what to think about this title when I saw it. I thought it was someone looking for a large drop from saddle to handlebar. Anyway, you might to check out the bikes below. The Citizen is a folding bike that you probably wouldn't want, the Electra townie is nice since it has ability to put your feet down while seated, and the Breezer is decent bike. You might also want to look at tricycles since a lot of those have low step-through designs that don't require a lot of balance.

Citizen Bike:

Breezer Bikes (uptown):

Electra (Townie):

Posted on Jul 3, 2012 7:55:37 AM PDT
Cannondale, Giant, Specialized and Trek all have these. They are the biggest 4 bicycle manufacturers in the world and they don't sell online, so this is kind of useless if you're hoping to buy from Amazon, but good advice if you venture into a local bike shop.

My wife has a 2010 Cannondale Adventure feminine. What you want to ask for is a low-entry frame.

Posted on Jul 3, 2012 2:35:38 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 3, 2012 2:58:22 PM PDT
A says:
The Public C- series has a classic step through frame that looks very nice. They will ship nearly-assembled to your door.

Paper bikes in Scotland also makes a gorgeous bar-free eight speed, a little spendy, but nice:

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 4:03:10 PM PDT
Amazon has a couple of Biria bikes, from Germany I think, that are very low step through but have different size frames. I am a 5'11" female who has a 20 inch folding bike which is easy to get on and off, I basically jump off the back to dismount. I also have a standard men's bike with a 20 frame (26 inch wheels) that is a little scary to dismount. You want to look at the frame size as part of the equation, as most standand womens bikes have a 15 inch frame, which is good up to about 5'8".Biria Step Through 3-speed Shimano Nexus internal Hub, Aluminum, Light Blue , 15 Inch frame size Cruiser comfort German design Bicycle

Posted on Jul 7, 2012 8:42:24 PM PDT
B. Kaufman says:
BIRIA EZ-Boarder. Lowest stepover in the world. You DO give up substantial frame stiffness though. There are variants, Sports modelss, 3 speeds, 8 speeds, and all are very much an upright riding position.

Posted on Jul 8, 2012 9:15:24 AM PDT
M. Hirsch says:

Trek makes some nice ones.

Posted on Jul 11, 2012 3:11:55 PM PDT
You can make most bikes fit with physical limitations with a professional bike fitter. Someone who has a hip problem though and goes for such an aggressive geometry like the Cannondale will only aggravate their injury in the end I feel.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2012 12:29:46 AM PDT
anonymous says:
try models like this:
Biria Step Through 3-speed Shimano Nexus internal Hub, Aluminum, Light Blue , 15 Inch frame size Cruiser comfort German design Bicycle

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 12:53:37 AM PDT
anonymous says:
or any of these:

Or, check out some of these shown in the photos from this travel blog, like Kemper's 'Lori', a classic Pashley work bike or the Helkama 'Senator'

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 1:05:34 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 17, 2012 1:06:19 AM PDT
Diana says:
Get thee to a local bike shop, and ask for a step-through cruiser. Bikes are best bought at a local bike shop where the folks know what they're doing, and will thus know how to best fit your relative to a bike.

Step-throughs are the type of bikes with the lower top tube bar, which is what you are looking for; they're mostly aimed at women. (Men's bike's typically have the horizontal top tube that comes in just below the crotch area.) Some modern day women's specific bikes also have a more horizontal top tube, so you must ask for the "step-through" frame, and not just a "women's frame."

A cruiser might be a good choice since it will have a more upright riding style, wider tires (which makes for a smoother & comfortable ride), and a wide (typically comfortable) seat for the recreational rider. It all depends on how your relative will use the bike, so it's important to go to a shop and try things out.

As a short rider, I had great luck with this:
It's a Specialized Expedition Sport Low Entry cruiser. My LBS put one together for me to try out, and I had no problems stepping over the frame, and I'm below 5' tall. The ride was amazingly comfortable.
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