Don’t Call it a Girl’s Bike

Just because your bicycle has a sloping top tube doesn’t mean you have to call it a “girl’s bike.” That slope can make it easier to cycle modestly while wearing a dress, sure, but it also comes in handy once you start carrying any sort of cargo on your bicycle.

Adding cargo adds weight to your bicycle and the “step-through” frame design makes it easier for you to balance your packages or children while mounting and dismounting your bike.

Here are just a few “step-through” bicycles for women and men that can help you carry your cargo and avoid the delicate dance of getting on and off your bike:

The above Linus Mixte comes with a rear rack ready for you to strap a basket to, available at Bikes on Wheels.

The Globe Live 1 Mixte will stand out in the crowd, if not for the bright red colour but also because it comes stock with a huge front rack, available at Urbane Cyclist.

While the Dutch may call this design by Electra an “omafiets” (literally, grandma’s bike) both men and women have benefited for years from this easy to step through design. Available at The Cycle Shoppe.

When it comes to really maximizing your cargo carrying capacity, the Kona Ute certainly stretches the limits. Available at Sweet Pete’s.

And that’s not all… you’ll find even more sloping step-throughs at Curbside Cycle who carry models from Batavus, Pashley and Abici.

Covet: Linus Bikes

Linus Roadster Classic via linusbike.com

Linus Dutchie 1 via linusbike.com

I really love simple things. Sure, gears and crazy graphics look nice on some bikes, but if you’re riding that bike every day it means that you’ve got a few more parts to worry about and every ding to the paint probably breaks your heart.

Now, not only are Linus bikes simple, but they’re also affordable. Both of the models pictured above, the Roadster Classic and Dutchie 1 are priced at just $500 at Bikes on Wheels in Kensington Market.

Learn more about Linus bikes here.