Biria “Easy Boarding Top 3” — Guest Review

Here’s a design straight out of Europe…Biria’s “Easy Boarding Top 3” city bike. With its innovative step-through frame and comfort features, the bike is ideal for around-town errands, neighborhood cruising and light commuting.

Biria Easy Boarder 3

Here are the manufacturer’s specs:

Frame - Aluminum 7005 - 40 cm (15.5″) and 46 cm (18″)
Fork - Hi-Ten unicrown
Rims - Aluminum
Tires - 26×1.75
Gear - 3-speed Shimano Nexus internal gear with coaster brake
Stem - Adjustable Aluminum
Handlebar - City cruiser
Brake - Rear coaster foot brake and front alloy v-brake
Weight - 31 lbs.
Colors - Red, pearl white, Satin Blue, Aqua Blue, brushed aluminum, black
Standard - Chain guard, kick-stand
Option - Rack, fenders

Biria’s wild stepthrough frame configuration — no leg-swinging required. Just step across and GO!

step on through!

I’ve only ridden this bike around the block a couple times…it was a Valentine’s Day gift to my wife. She’s the one who spends a lot of time on it, so we figured, “what better way to get a review of it than let her use her own words?” So, here goes:

This past Valentine’s Day, I was presented with a lovely Biria “Easy Boarder” bicycle by my most thoughtful husband. I wanted a utilitarian commuter bike that would serve as an errand-runner as well, but would also cater to my girlie need to wear a skirt if I damn well wanted to. The Biria delivers, baby!

This is not a bike designed for the “extreme�? sport enthusiast. It weighs approximately 622 pounds and does not at all make you look like an ass kicker. It does not inspire you to perform “sweet jumps�?. But it rates high on the Eurochic meter, with a very styling leather seat and matching handlebar grips. It is, indeed, easy to board with its cutaway frame, and the covered drivetrain makes grease stains on the hemline unheard of.

Three speeds are all I need on the relatively flat terrain of the Tampa urban jungle, and there’s plenty of room on the handlebars for pimping your sweet ride with a Basil basket. That basket comes in especially handy on account of the frame is too chunky to affix a bottle cage. Not a problem for me, as I’m sort of gawky (in the most charming and feminine way possible, of course) and fear colliding into whatever may be handy as I struggle to pull my squeezie bottle free. I’ve also got some flashy panniers on the backend, ‘cause I’m a girl what likes to accessorize.

The only source of irritation is the coaster braking system. For those who are in the habit of backpedaling whilst you coast, you could be in for a nasty surprise as you come to a screeching halt. It does, however, have a front brake that is of the more conventional handlebar variety, which I favor in order to avoid horrible 7th grade flashbacks.

All in all, I am thrilled that Jack beat the crap out of that 70-year-old couple that were eyeing my fine German-designed machine and snagged it for me first. I ride it to work every other weekend and get to feel invigorated while I’m looking all snazzy. Now if I could only master cycling no-handed so I could randomly flash the “jazz hands�? to passing motorists, I’d be the coolest girl ever!

Euro-chic, indeed…stylish and functional for those who aren’t in a hurry to get anywhere fast and who appreciate some comfort along the way.



  1. dafew

    You nice bike is only second to you great review. Enjoy that great bike.

    computer cyclist.

  2. Jamis_Bater

    Very cool indeed. I love the step through look. Although I’d be interested in knowing how it would handle a curb. It looks like it would high center on you. Not that it’s made for the North Shore MTB crowd, but the occasional curb is within the realm of the average city rider in these parts.

  3. Priscilla

    Great review. I love the step through frame. I was just complaining about that this past week. I love to commute in skirts (these are actually commuter specific with bike shorts underneath) and I hate it when all the pervs gawk thinking they’re getting a peep show at my chonies when I throw my leg over the bike. Sure would be nice just to step through!!

  4. Ghost Rider

    The “stepthrough” part of the frame IS pretty low, and although I don’t think Leah is a curb-jumper, I do know that rolling the bike over a threshold (like in a neighbor’s garage workshop) will cause that low part of the frame to high-center.

    Based on that alone, I think that the frame’s stepthrough portion should have a good bit more ground clearance built in than it currently does, but which would still allow easy boarding.

  5. Paul Rivers

    I don’t consider myself a performance enthusiast by any means, but I still think this bike is a “little” to heavy to be practical. I made up my mind when I read that you wrote that “It weighs approximately 622 pounds”. I think I’ll try to find a bike that weighs less than 3 times my own weight. ?

    (In case you missed it, I’m just making fun of what I’m sure is a typo. :-))

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  7. Ghost Rider

    Not a typo…it was an intentional “fun poking” at the incredible weight of this bike. Manufacturer says it weighs 31 lbs…but in reality it is much heavier! I’ll see if I can get it on a scale to test out how much it really weighs.

  8. 2whls3spds

    Excellent ride IMHO…my bride tried one and like the concept (she wears skirts A LOT) but they didn’t have the ultra small size in stock and were not sure when or if they could even get one. The design is a proven one in DK and NL. Definitely not for off roading ?

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  10. Raiyn

    I read that this bike was stolen on the front page and I have a few questions.
    How was the bike secured? What locks were used and what was the bike attached to? I presume that the employee garage is a pass card secured building? I ask because my girlfriend is starting to commute to her job at ACH and may be in a similarly vulnerable position.

  11. Moe

    Raiyn, please read the comments on the following post:
    your questions will be answered.

  12. Ghost Rider


    the trick is to use two different types of locks, and make sure the most durable one (probably a good-quality U lock) is the one that attaches the bike to the rack.

    Remember that nothing will prevent all bike thefts, but if you make your bike as difficult and unappealing as possible, a thief will move onto an easier target!

  13. Raiyn

    Ghost Rider,
    While I appreciate your comments, and I hate to sound egotistical, I’m not exactly a neophyte when it comes to bikes and related topics. I’m well aware of the proper methodology involved in locking a bike.

    Link for the readers, not mine but good.

    I was more concerned about the types / models of locks involved (obviously the U-lock wasn’t defeated on-site) and the object that the bike was secured to. The other concern was over the pass key system. It’s supposed to be “employee parking” not “Random Bike Thief Land” I’ve taught my girlfriend the proper way to lock her bike, as well as registered all of our bikes with the National Bike Registry, but the thing that troubles me is that the thief had access in the first place. Answer that question and you might have your thief. One other thing to consider, does the “security” office have footage of the day / area in question? You might have better luck if you had a picture of the suspect.

  14. Raiyn

    Nevermind about the footage, I re-read the other comment section and saw that it was pointed at the wall. Negligent rent a cops! 6 or 7 thefts in 10 days! Unacceptable! A stink needs to be raised toot sweet.

  15. sbrunnergirl

    Loved the review, just wanted to let you know it was instrumental in my selecting a Biria Top-3 for my new about-town transport! Regrets at your wife’s loss, and I’m sure the dirty bastard scofflaw will get his karmic retribution in due time. I’m leaning towards a Kryptonite lock to protect my new baby from Bay area bike bandits.

  16. Jack "Ghost Rider" Sweeney (Post author)

    Sbrunnergirl, I highly recommend one of Kryptonite’s chain-based locks (New York or Fahgeddaboudit). The Biria’s frame tubes are incredibly chunky in all the usual places where you otherwise might want to use a traditional U lock…and a chain will give you some more flexibility in locking strategy without any of the security concerns of a cable lock. The only real drawback to a chain lock is that they are freakin’ HEAVY. Still, they’re worth their weight in peace of mind.

    I’ll be sure to let Leah know that she helped someone else decide on one of these beauties…have fun and enjoy your Eurochic goodness!

  17. Glider Rider Randy

    Thanks for the Biria review!

    We’re in the middle of a set of test rides using the Biria Easy-Boarder over here in Bad Breisig, Germany (in a non-pedal configuration) for seniors on a bike path and park along the Rhine.

    We’ve got it going up against three other designs:

    1) a Dahon Clone of the P-8 without pedals (Bocas Folding Bike)

    2) Schauff La Luna with pedals and adult training wheels (Yep, they got ’em)

    3) Our proprietary Glider Rider MTV (ExtraBody Surface Area) Version

    FYI: For those interested in promoting riding for elders/age-enriched:

    Our test runs end on 14 Sept and we’ll be presenting data at the 2009 Velo-City Conference in Brussels: Velo City 2009 (Re-cycling cities) under the title:

    One Year Later: Has Technology Brought New Hope to Community Bike Programs in N. America (SmartBike, Wash., DC and Public Bike System-Montreal, Canada)?

  18. epatriot

    My wife and I use to ride bikes, but when we started making a family and staying busy with work, we left the bikes (and the good exercise that came with it) by the wayside. Now in our 50s, we have decided to get back on the pedals. The Biria looks like a perfect fit for us “senior cruisers”.

    One problem though is we would have to load up the bikes in order to go to a somewhat “safe” place to ride (we live on a busy highway with no neighborhood roads). Can anyone suggest a rack for them?

  19. Ghost Rider

    epatriot, some of it depends on what kind of vehicle you drive, but it seems like the best way to haul a Biria is a rack that uses “wheel trays” rather than hooks that cradle the frame. Here’s an example:

  20. epatriot

    Thanks for the quick reply. I just found the Saris “Thelma” rack website. It looks like it might work for the EasyBoard Top 3. Does anyone know anything about the Saris?

  21. Ghost Rider

    I don’t know about that particular model, but I know that most of the other Saris racks get good reviews (Saris “Bones” springs to mind, but that one won’t work for your purposes).

  22. Rebecca

    I have not been on a bike for over 20 years… just purchased my Biria and let me tell you I am very pleased…. It’s very comfortable and the step through is perfect… I am 4″11 and most bikes even smalls are too high and this is just great! I’ve recommended this bike to a number of ladies and the 2 that have purchased one LOVE IT! Great for the Suncoast Trail.

  23. sally owen

    I bought a biria 7 speed bike 3 years ago for over $500. I was just told by the bike shop where I bought it that one of the parts was stripped and the bike could no longer be fixed. If you buy this kind of bike, make sure you get a tune up every year. I would not recommend buying any Biria given the fact that they do not last longer than 3 years and are quite expensive. All the previous bikes I have owned lasted 15 years and were much cheaper!

  24. Ghost Rider

    Sally, I’d be curious to know exactly which part stripped and why that made the whole bike unusable…sounds like hamfisted assembly at some point (possibly even at the bike shop where you bought it), because parts don’t just “strip” on their own.

  25. moveinon

    I am glad you like the bike, that is what really counts. But this bike is pretty expensive for a bike that weighs a ton, has low end components all over, and won’t fit on most of the less expensive, good bike racks. It seams like you are really paying a big price for only the Euro look.

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  27. Zorba

    I bought one of the very first Biria EZ board 3 bikes importe - made of steel instead of aluminum (2005). I do agree with the poster who complained of “low end components” - the SRAM hub mine has is fine, but the front brake is sub-par, and I’ve had to replace both the wheels with “something (much) better”.

    With that said, I love it! I love the comfort, the low step through frame, and the cool styling. I’m a skirt wearing male, so skirt friendliness was essential, although I do wish it had a rear skirt guard.

  28. Veronica

    With the new aluminum frame, is that lighter than the bikes that you are complaining about with size? I am a casual rider and currently have an Elektra which I love but I LOVE the look and concept of this bike. Even more I love that it comes fully loaded. I have a 4 bike rack for the back of my truck and a 2 bike rack on the top where you take the front wheel off. Would those work for this bike?

  29. Veronica

    And as a side note…it looks like you are in St. Pete which is the only place I do all of my riding so this is why I want something with 3 speeds, a comfy seat, easy to ride (I am just over 5 feet), and easy to transport as I am always bringing it down from Atlanta to Old Northeast where my mother-in-law lives ?

  30. Veronica

    Sorry but last question….where did your husband buy it so I don’t have to order it online? I will be back for Christmas and would love to have one waiting for me. Merry Christmas to ME!

  31. Ghost Rider


    1) It’s still heavy, but perhaps a bit less so than a steel-framed model. This is no “weight-weenie” machine, that’s for sure.

    2) I’m not sure about bike racks, because neither my wife or I believe in putting a bike on a car so we can ride our bikes somewhere…as mentioned in an earlier comment, any bike rack that uses wheel trays rather than frame-tube cradles should work.

    3) Central Tampa, not St. Pete…the Seminole Heights neighborhood, to be exact; a lot like Old Northeast, but with more transvestite hookers. ?

    4) Biria is/was one of the brands carried by University Bicycle Center on Fletcher Avenue in Tampa. If that doesn’t work for you, check out the FL dealers page here:

  32. Kate

    We went to a bike shop and bought a device (I think it’s made by Yakima) that locks onto the bicycle, essentially giving it a “top tube” to put on the supports of our car’s bike rack. Being probably overcautious, I use a lot of carefully placed bungees so that the weight of the bike is better distributed, especially because with the thick tubing one of the locking ends has to go just below the handlebar stem. Sorry I’ve forgotten the proper terms. But the bungee cords do fix this issue and the bike is very secure.

    This was the only bicycle I could find in my area that fit my needs and I was delighted to find it. As much as I wish it had more clearance on the bottom, it just isn’t that bad. But for me the saddle was bad. After about six miles it was your basic agony, though YMMV. I bought a gel saddle after that but that was a whole other kind of misery after several miles. So my Christmas present this year is a Brooks saddle I put on the bike a couple of months ago. I am now comfortable. This bicycle is one of the best things I’ve done for myself in a long time.


  33. Donna

    Love the Biria step through, my only concern is the actual frame. I’m a heavy girl and carry it in front. Want a bike I won’t break and that is a good size.

    Anyone bigger riders out there?


  34. Ghost Rider

    Donna, this frame is pretty damn tough. I don’t think you’d have a problem with it, strength-wise.

  35. MM

    I am excited about trying this bike. I have RA and bending my hip sideways to mount a bike can be very painful. Can anyone recommend which size I should order? I am a female 5’6 with a 31 inch inseam. On standard bikes those measurements put me on larger bikes and I have typically felt uneasy and that maybe I should be on a smaller bike. However, I’m told it is my inseam which calls for larger frame so that my leg stretches properly. Is the size calculation the same threse bikes?

  36. Ghost Rider

    MM…the sizing doesn’t matter too much on a frame like this. I don’t remember what my wife’s frame size was, but she’s 5′ 2″ and I am 5′ 9″ and neither of us had problems riding that beast.

    I’d still recommend test-riding the various sizes, though. Enjoy!

  37. John

    I am 75 years old. I like Biria step thru. However, I have a 31 inch inseam and am 6 feet 1 inch tall. Therefore on a normal bike I should need a 20 inch frame. How comfortable will the bike be. I am not a bike nut just enjoy riding. Also tell me about the reliability. John

  38. dot

    This is an old thread but I want to leave my comments for anyone who might be looking. It’s 2013 and I just got my easy board Biria. I really love this bike and as for being’s probably 10 pounds lighter than the Kmart bike I had been riding. I got the 15 frame and I’m 5’5 and with the seat in the lowest postion my feet just barely hit the ground. The only thing bad I can say is the bike is VERY rough riding. I feel every little bump I go over. Hope this comment is useful to someone.

  39. lindabrownssister

    Four weeks ago I purchased my very first bike ever and less than two weeks short of my 60th birthday, I finally learned to ride a bike. The Biria Easy Boarding 7 Speed is my first bike and I decided on it because of the look, it was a hybrid, and it was easy to board. After removing the pedals, it took me less than one hour to learn how to ride and now I want to ride all the time. I purchased a bike rack and an adjustable bar to use when loading the Biria onto the rack. Since this is my first bike, I have nothing to compare it against, but I love it. I switched out the seat to a gel seat at time of purchase and the hardest part has just been learning how and when to switch gears. I am 5’3″ in height, average weight and have no problems lifting the Biria to turn it around or to mount it to the rack. My legs are strong from working out and running so pedaling is not a problem. So glad my first bike is the Biria EZ Boarding 7 speed. I do wish at times it had more speeds, but my husband who is a bike rider thanks the Biria has plenty and that it is a super sharp bike and ride.

  40. Penina

    Please tell me where the panniers and basket were purchased. Panniers are difficult to determine fit. These look simple and funky - won’t miss these bags on the road. Thank.

  41. Jodi

    Has anyone who owns this bike ever put a rear rack mount child seat on it? I’m so lost looking at options! Id like something that is safe, of course, but sturdy enough to hold up to 50 lbs. Thanks everyone!

  42. Raiyn

    I’m going to break my own rule about posting on threads that are years old and tell you swap the stock rack for a Topeak BabySeat II and Babyseat II rack. It’s rated to 48.5 pounds (with seat), which ought to be close enough. Beyond that, trailers and trail-a-bikes are good options.

  43. Irishtom29

    My wife and I bought two of these bikes about 7 years ago and have been generally pleased. Most days I rode 15-20 miles along the Chicago lake shore bike path-I put a lot of miles on the bike and structurally it held up fine. One problem we had with both bikes was the derailer often dropping the chain (we had 7 speeds); several bike shops in Chicago worked on the problem, none satisfactorily. So in the end we had Iron Cycles install 8 speed Nexus hubs and there have been no more problems. I suggest that a person buying one of these get a model with a hub transmission, they have a 3 speed and an 8 speed.

    Now we live in St. Augustine Florida by the beach and the things are rusty as Hell but that’s normal around here. We ride the bikes out on the beach or on A1A a few times a week and they work fine.

    As for the weight, what do I care? The bike carrys me, I don’t carry the bike. I suspect those who complain about the weight are those people who “get into” things rather than simply doing things.

  44. Ms Kat

    Have had my Biria 7-speed with balloon tires, 48cm frame three weeks and LOVE it! I’m 5’11” with a 36″ inseam, and had to go with larger/taller frame. I also have MS and am very glad to have a bike with such excellent and easy geometry! The balloon tires are more forgiving on the beach roadways.

  45. Wm. B. Emmons - wbe

    After 20, that’s right 20, back surgeries my doctor says I can start trying to ride again. I’m seriously considering one of these Biria low entry 7 speeds, 46 cm version,

    I’m 5’9″, 240 pounds, and have significant balance issues.

    If anyone has suggestions, I would depreciate the input - this is not a minor purchase for us. – I am concerned about now-years-old posts that mentioned poor components uncomfortable seat, etc.

  46. Kasia

    I understand. I have MS & this Biria was the only bike that worked for my balance issues , flat foot ability to stop with both feet, seat is comfy but I am a casual rider, cruising the island, no hills, calm pedaling, no pressure. The balloon tires are very forgiving and a bonus cushiony. The grips & seat are leather so you may choose to condition those just against the elements. So far (6 weeks of riding) so good.

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