This is a tangent--there exist a few mostly Italian dropped-top-tube racing bikes that are NOT sweet handling sport machines. These are little rolling Thalidomide babies that are very hairy and scary to ride; I have seen and test-ridden a Colnago Super and a Cinelli SC that were geometrically the same as the standard models of either of those bikes with the exception of the top tube having been dropped into the triangle a la step-through Raleigh Sports! They felt like they weren't rigid enough for their quick handling, hence the scary ride!
> Let me just warn everyone that just because a bike
> is of the "Mixte" design,
> it does not necessarily have a short effective top
> tube (which is what you are
> seeking to best accommodate a "typical" female
> proportions of short
> Make sure to measure it before making assumptions...
> Dale Brown
> cycles de ORO, Inc.
> 1410 Mill Street
> Greensboro, North Carolina 27408
> fax 336-274-6360