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

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by MelissaDM View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by unworthy1 View Post
    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!
    Got it. Thanks!
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    Always nice to welcome another female member to C & V .

    I love your mixte, too!

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