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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)
    Laterally stiff yet vertically compliant.

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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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