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Can the top tube on a mens bike be cut off?

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Asked by: Nicole Lynch

No. You will destroy the integrity of the bike. You should trade the bike for one with a “mixte” or “woman’s” frame.

What does the top tube on a bike do?

The top-tube governs the length between the seat-tube and head tube and so has a significant impact, in tandem with seat angle, saddle position, and stem length, on the ‘reach’ of a bicycle (more of which later).

What is the difference between a men and womens bike?

The big difference between women’s and men’s bikes is the fit: Bike makers have a lot of fit data that goes into frame geometry. Women, on average, are shorter than men, so women’s bike models generally have shorter stack heights.

Why do men’s bikes have a bar across the top?

However, the bar is horizontal for a very good reason, namely structural integrity. In the early days of bike-design, this additional strength was even more important than it is today, as bikes used to be made of materials that weren’t nearly as strong as modern bikes, such as wood.

Can I cut my bike seat tube?

Condensed answer: A bicycle seat post can be cut as long as the new size respects the minimum insertion length of the seat post. Ignoring the minimum insertion length and cutting too much of the seat post will result in extra stress on the frame (seat tube) and may cause a crack.

Why do mountain bikes have lower top tube?

The front and rear triangles of bicycles with sloping top tubes are smaller and subsequently made of shorter tubing. This design adds natural stiffness to the frame and reduces the need to stiffen the used material additionally. It is believed that this combination results in a more pleasant ride.

Why are top tubes slanted?

The reason given by the manufacturers was that by sloping the top tube, and therefore taking standover clearance off the table as a fit element, it was now possible to fit more riders on fewer sized frames. (It did not go unnoticed by the skeptics that it also greatly reduces the inventory burden of the manufacturer.)

Can a woman ride a men’s bike?

Women can ride bicycles made for men. However, the saddle on men’s bikes is shaped differently than the saddle on women’s bikes and may cause discomfort for women after a long bike ride. The handlebars on men’s bikes are also wider than the ones on women’s bikes and may cause shoulder soreness.

Why do women’s bikes have lower bar?

The bar is a matter of tradition. According to Andrea at Bike City Recyclery, when women began riding bikes in the 1800s, they were required to wear heavy skirts. The low bar allowed them to mount the bikes “modestly” and was a space for their skirts to go.

Why are women’s bikes step-through?

Those dresses and long skirts were impossible to wear when riding a bike with a horizontal top tube. The step-through frame allowed women to ride on bikes easily and ride them safely. This is why step-through bikes became popular with women and came to become known as the preferred ride for women.

Can men use step-through bikes?

It’s a step-through frame as well, and both men or women can easily ride. We do encounter a lot of men who prefer to ride a step-through bicycle. If being low to the ground, or if you have short legs and want ease getting on and off your bike, a step-through frame would be a great option for you.

Are bikes unisex?

The truth is that all bikes are unisex bikes and that the difference between those that are marketed as “women’s bikes” and those that are marketed as “men’s bikes” is really only a difference in size and fit.

What is the top bar on a bike called?

The top tube is also known as the cross-bar and it’s the one you step over to mount the bike! Usually it runs parallel to the ground, but it may be slightly angled. And some bikes have very steeply angled or no top tubes to make it easier to get on and off the bike.

How do you shorten the reach on a mountain bike?

A shorter stem and/or bar with more setback (horizontal distance from stem clamp to the grips) will indeed shorten your bike’s reach and potentially improve your RAD (Rider Area Distance – distance from bottom bracket to grips) situation.

What is effective top tube length?

The effective top tube length is the horizontal distance from the top tube/head tube junction to the seat tube. This measurement has become significant as more and more bikes are designed with sloping top tubes.

Does head tube length matter?

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Why is top tube length important?

For modern bikes, effective top tube measurements are more commonly used since they offer a more consistent way of measuring the perceived horizontal length of the top tube on bikes having compact frame geometry. In the example above, two bikes have top tubes with varying degrees of slope (compact frame geometry).

How important is top tube length?

For decades, top tube length served as a reasonable metric for providing bike size estimates, but it’s an arbitrary metric and always has been.

What is top tube effective?

Effective Top Tube (ETT) is a traditional way to measure a bike’s length. It measures a horizontal line, parallel to the ground, from the center of the head tube to the intersection with the seat tube or seat post. This number is useful for identifying how long a bike will feel while in a seated position.

What is a top tube?

Top Tube. The top tube is commonly measured horizontally from the top tube/head tube junction to the seat tube. This measurement is referred to as the effective top tube length and allows a consistent measurement, even when a bike has a sloping top tube.

How heavy is an average bicycle?

The weight of your bike can range from 17lbs to 80lbs depending on the type and material used. If you prefer using lighter ones, you can choose road bikes that average around 17lbs. However, if you want to go for more stable ones, try MTBs that weigh approximately 25lbs or hybrid bikes with 80lbs.

What is a top tube on a BMX?

Quote from video: So usually BMX bikes have two important triangles that's the top two the town tube.