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Old 01-26-09, 08:34 AM   #1
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My '73 Batavus

I'm new here and really enjoying all the pix and comments. I got this bike at an estate sale. My teenage girls think it's ugly. I haven't done anything to it yet...not even aired up the tires. I might bring it into the house today and get it cleaned up. I assume everything on it is original, but I don't know the first thing about bikes. I have to original paperwork from when it was bought back in '74. Can't wait for the weather to warm up so I can get out and ride it!

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Old 01-26-09, 09:05 AM   #2
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Welcome!

That is a nice looking bike. I suspect that it will clean right up, and your girls may even sneak a ride on it
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Old 01-26-09, 10:33 AM   #3
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A fully lit, fendered, vintage Batavus, with a Mixte frame is very cool.

Make sure to check out the Mixte thread and post your pictures there, too.
Show us your mixte (mhendricks' new happy place)
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what do teenagers know anyhow???

very nice bike. I keep thinking I should pick up a nice Dutch Mixte (gazelle?) for my
wife.

Keep us posted on your progress and welcome to BF and more importantly C&V!

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Old 01-29-09, 05:13 AM   #5
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It did clean up very nicely, although I'm not too fond of the yellow. And the lights still work. I haven't had the chance to ride it yet--the roads are icy. My husband makes fun of me for keeping it in the living room.

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very nice!
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I My husband makes fun of me for keeping it in the living room.
Hah, he'll learn: that's the only proper place for a vintage bike, anyway. I'd make 2 suggestions: rotate the handlebars so the grips are more level to horizontal, and get some zip-ties (nylon cable ties, they come in colors besides B&W) and secure the loose wiring to the frame....nice bike!
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Nice job! The wing nuts on the axles are very cool.
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Hah, he'll learn: that's the only proper place for a vintage bike, anyway. I'd make 2 suggestions: rotate the handlebars so the grips are more level to horizontal, and get some zip-ties (nylon cable ties, they come in colors besides B&W) and secure the loose wiring to the frame....nice bike!
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Always nice to welcome another female member to C & V .

I love your mixte, too!

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nice !! btw may i know what tire size are u using ? i have a batavus frame which i intend to restore ... thanks so much
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nice !! btw may i know what tire size are u using ? i have a batavus frame which i intend to restore ... thanks so much
Judging by the Schrader type valve stems I would suspect these tires are 27" probably 27x1 1/4".

What size tires are on your bike now? What kind of wheels? Perhaps you should try starting a new thread with some good pics of your bike, asking for information about it.
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Old 03-26-17, 04:04 AM   #13
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thanks for the prompt reply i really appreciate it ...

what i have is the batavus frame and fork alone. i just placed a 26" wheel with my thought that its the compatible for it. i notice that the brake is short and cant reach the wall of the rims. I will try to look for the 27 and see how it goes.

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I bought a white 25" Batavus Tour de l'Europe in '74. Look on the seat tube for a Duralon sticker. It was an epoxy dip they applied to the frame that protects the finish so well.
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The forum had a thread on a gents version of this model, or very similar, in cream puff condition. Similarly kitted but with a different gear ensemble:

Something different?

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