Ladies if you’re in the market for a new city bike this summer I suggest
you test ride these step through, vintage-inspired bikes. All of them
are available in Toronto right now.
The things I like to consider are:
1- Back position. I like to have a straight back and be able to see clearly in front of me – This is so important for riding in the city and keeping your eyes on the road..
2- Frame. I like the quick and easy access of a step through frame. It allows you to hop on the side walk and dismount in one quick movement. The angle of the frame and the distance of the handlebars are also key in making you feel in control and comfortable.
3- Speeds. Most of the bikes I’ve listed here are 3 or 7 speed. I personally like the options of having 7speeds but if you’re a single speed woman go for it!
3- Cushy seat. This can always be changed but it is a plus if your new seat has springs or a bit of padding. Remember to adjust the seat height correctly before test riding any bike. It makes the world of difference in the comfort of your ride.
4- Weight. Aluminum frames are lighter. You may also want to consider the weight of the accessories you add and where and how you may need to carry your bike. If you live in a 3 story walk up and like to keep your bike in your apartment then weight will be of utmost importance.
5 -How you will carry your things. I prefer a rear rack that you can attach a bike basket to. Front baskets really throw off the balance of the bike unless they are attached to the headtube. A rear rack also gives you the option of using a basket, pannier, crate or simply a bungee cord.
6- Color of course. You’re going to have this bike for a while so choose a color that makes you happy!
7- After you decide to get your dream bike don’t forget to invest in the best lock possible. Abus and Kryptonite are my suggestions. Some locks offer limited insurance so remember to register for it.
Whatever your preference it is always best to test ride a few bikes before buying your baby. As your ride you’ll learn what works for you and what doesn’t.