Conventional Step-Through

Step-Through style bikes (whether electric or conventional) are one of our most popular styles, and for good reason. Also known as open-frame or low-step, are different from standard bikes with the low or absent top tube or cross-bar.

Traditionally, bicycles with a step-through frame were known as "Ladies", "Women's" or "Girls" bikes, mainly for their advantage to riders wearing skirts or dresses. Bicycles with a high top tube (cross-bar), known as a diamond frame, were known as "Men's", "Gents" or "Boys" bicycles. As a result of changing clothing styles since the late 20th century, descriptions that describe the frame style, rather than the presumed sex of the rider, are becoming increasingly common.

Advantages of Step-Through Frames

  • less risk of stretching or ripping clothes when mounting the saddle
  • the rider can wear a skirt (also requires a skirt guard and possibly a chain guard)
  • very quick to mount and dismount, so is suitable for delivery bicycles, or any journey with many stops
  • suitable for elderly and others with restricted agility
  • potentially safer than a high top tube; a rider who loses balance can step through the bicycle without becoming entangled
  • compactness provides a popular starting point for folding bicycles.

Disadvantages of Step-Through Frames

  • Heavier. Compared to a traditional diamond frame consisting of two near-triangles, open or step-through frame designs must be designed with thicker gauge tubing, the use of additional gusseting members, and/or monocoque frame construction, where the chassis is integral with the body.. These structural elements may add weight or cost over a traditional diamond design.
  • Inattention to structural design can lead to excessive flexing, resulting in lower pedaling efficiency and reduced frame life.
  • Fewer places to mount accessories, e.g. an air pump or water-bottle.

So whether you are a man or a woman, the easy of getting on and off a step-thru bicycle cannot be overstated. And with so many new frame designs in the step-through collection, this is a wonderful time to consider getting yourself an easy board ride.

Some of our favorite step-through bicycles in this collection include Rivel Orlando 700C Black Step-Through City Dutch BicycleHollandia Amsterdam F1 28 Dutch Cruiser Bicycle, and the Hollandia Holiday F1 26 Cruiser Bicycle.