WHAT IS A STEP-THROUGH BIKE?
The step-through bike is a compromise between a low-step frame and a step-over frame, which we will discuss shortly. By simply stepping through the curved frame, step-through bikes offer riders the most upright riding position and are the easiest for riders to mount and dismount.
Whether you are riding for fun, casually, or for your everyday commute to and from work, step-through bicycles provide comfort and style.
What are the Advantages of a Step-Through Bike?
As previously mentioned, one of the most significant advantages of step-thru bikes is that they are extremely easy to get on and off. They are a fantastic option for riders that don't have a complete range of motion, and are particularly great for older riders or riders who have a difficult time lifting their leg over a traditional bike frame.
Additionally, step-thru bikes are an excellent alternative for individuals carrying parcels or continuously find themselves in stop-and-go traffic. If you have your bike loaded up with several boxes and bags, a step-thru bike can be an excellent bike for riders who need to jump off the seat multiple times throughout the day quickly.
Step-through bikes are also great if you are commuting to work, and have to wear formal attire that may not be as flexible, this can include a mens suit or womens dress or skirt, allowing you to get on and off the bike with ease and without breaking a sweat.
What are the Disadvantages of a Step-Through Bike?
One of the downsides of step-thru bikes is that they are generally thicker than traditional bike frames. Because step-through bikes don't have the top bar securing the front and back of the frame together, they can be perceived as less sturdy than a conventional bike. For this reason they are often made from more durable materials, which means they will be slightly heavier. This ensures they are sturdy and safe to ride.
Traditional step-thru bikes were deemed insufficient for riders that prefer more speed, for this reason it was often not ideal for track cyclists. Since then, and with the invention of electric bikes, step through bikes are now just as fast as their counterpart.
Additionally, they are not the preferred bicycle style if you are traveling through hilly terrain. When you are riding uphill, a lot of pressure is put on the bicycle frame, which can cause the frame to bend slightly. With step-thru bikes, this sensation can often feel quite wobbly when used on hills and, in some cases, could be rather dangerous.
Step-through bikes can also be quite tricky to accessorize. Because of the style of its frame, step-thru bikes are not designed for attachments such as water bottle holders or mini-backpacks, which can be a drawback for some riders. As they have gained popularity, more accessories are being made for these models.
Finally, traveling with a step-thru bike can also be a challenge, as it requires a top tube bar adapter to be added to secure the bike to a rack, otherwise many racks will not work with your step through bike.