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Old 06-19-09, 02:04 PM   #1
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looking for a mixte

Mixtes seen in the last two days on sf bay area craigslist:

Mixte (unknown and beat) - $520
Gitane - $400
Mixte (unknown) - $400
Peugeot - $320
Peugeot (a beauty!) - $300 (sold)
Nishiki (beat) - $225

What!?! Earlier in the year I was seeing Japanese mixtes for ~$150.

Did Michelle Obama, or the equivalent of Brittany (I'm a little out of it as far as celebrities) suddenly start riding mixtes? I've never seen prices like these. Besides, I'm looking to spend $150, plus the obligatory new tires and whatever else. I'm certainly willing to do some work on it. I'm hoping to come up with a ridable, decent looking bike for $200.

Btw, this is for someone else. I've already got my mixte, a '75 Peugeot and I love it. I've got slightly more than $200 into it, but that includes some head tube and fork work by a (real) mechanic.
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Except for the $520 one, that is entirely consistent with Portland (asking) prices for road bikes. Mixtes seem to command a bit more. You're going to have to watch a lot longer than 2 days and very frequently to pick one up for what you're hoping.
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I got one for the wife for 65. on Craigslist and thought I payed too much!! An '85 PH18 with a some rust on the back rim and a few rude, little scratches. Nothing that can't be touched up. All I had to do was put a new tube on the front and a little peddle work. I'm feeling a lot better about it now.
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Too bad you don't live around Minneapolis. There is a 20 year old Bianchi road mixte for sale for $50 here: http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/bik/1229177177.html



I would be interested for my daughter but am currently unable to go after it.
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Old 06-19-09, 03:06 PM   #5
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Except for the $520 one, that is entirely consistent with Portland (asking) prices for road bikes. Mixtes seem to command a bit more. You're going to have to watch a lot longer than 2 days and very frequently to pick one up for what you're hoping.
Don't know if you've ever fixed up old bikes, but usually the purchase price is just the starting point. You can sink some money, and a lot of time, into them in a hurry.

I bought an odd-brand mixte at a swap meet for $60 a couple of months ago and thought I had paid too much. I was buying it for someone who didn't anything about bikes and didn't have much money either. It was a decent bike too, everything worked, although the tires were a little cracked. Wish I had gotten two like that.

Btw, who makes new mixtes? Someone posted the info before.

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Old 06-19-09, 03:07 PM   #6
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I think I started the trend in LA a couple years back....

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I would unload my 82 raleigh reliant mixte for $175 but shipping it down would be a bear.
And those prices look completely average for an inflated market such as you and I live in.
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There's been a Peugot mixte that's been advertised on CL at least twice that I know of at what appears to be a decent price. IDK anything about them, though.

Long ways from Cali, though.

Peugeot (mixte frame) updated - $175 (springfield, mo)

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I have a sweet peugeot mixte frame (ladies) beautiful green color that has held up nicely over the years ( bike is 74-76model year) all original except new tires and seat. Simplex components, rigida wheels with normandy hubs, mavic racer brakes. This is the 2nd one i've owned and one of several i've ridden, these are as smooth if not smoother than some of the new bikes that are out there, (except for the old style shifting of course). call 417-234-7262 thanks. 624 S. Grant.( UPDATE I've changed the handle bars to a more rider friendly upright position) pic on left is before, pic on right is after.I will include the old handle bars and brake levers if wanted).

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Considering what all gets posted on CL around here, it's mighty unusual. Just about everything up for sale is the usual wretched stuff with the occasional Cervelo scam....

I wonder about people around here sometimes!

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Old 06-19-09, 05:00 PM   #9
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Fuji made some nice mixtes. I paid $25 for this Espree frame and fork. It's midrange at best, but I liked it enough to build it up with Shimano 600 for my wife. She loves it!








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Used road bike prices have gone nuts lately. Although, being in Connecticut, I have seen a used British Raleigh Grand Prix ladies mixtie for $125, which I consider very fair.
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In your area, mixte's won't come cheap unless you are both lucky AND quick. For $150 or less, plan on getting one that needs a complete overhaul.

I just sold a low-level Centurion DLX mixte a month or so ago for $220. Of course, it was completely overhauled, cleaned and ready to ride. The woman that bought it came all the way from Santa Rosa to get it. They are popular, and clean ones go quickly.

That being said - the $520 one is a joke, and I've seen it listed before. It won't sell at that price. But $200-$300 for a CLEAN ready-to-ride one is the ballpark you're playing in......

You won't do much better than this one (not mine), and I'll bet you can get it for $250 - were I looking for a mixte I'd cough up the dough and be done with it. You can buy a wreck for $150 and spend time and $100 to overhaul it, or save a lot of trouble and buy a clean one:

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/bik/1230200674.html

I'll keep my eyes open for you - any size/make/color preference?
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I guess I did pretty good here in central Indiana... Bought this 85 Fuji Sagres Mixte for $30. It needed tires, tubes, cables and some TLC, but really didn't need much to put it into running condition. This is the original CL picture, but it doesn't look anything like this anymore.



PS, same bike that's in my signature line now...

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... who makes new mixtes? Someone posted the info before.
Look at the Soma Buena Vista. I think it's beautiful, and I wish I had a reason to buy one.
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You know, I think I got a good one at $110, but I had to redo almost everything. But it's clean. Here's a photo I just took. It's only been on the road for a week or so. It's (almost) my favorite bike. That front wheel and tire don't really match the bike (a bf trade), but that big ol' honking AllTerrainasausrus is a pretty cushy tire. It adds to the laid-back ride quality.

Dirtdrop, I'm in awe of yours. Really I am. And very envious of those cranks, and those fenders, and that saddle (which model?). And btw, I'm still going to install that fd you sent me! Check out the crank on mine - I did this after seeing one of your Puegeots. And I'm going to repost, in the mechanic's forum, the outcome of my headset battle.

jacksbike, man you said it! Bikes must have gone up, because I've seen much better prices - you know, come to think of it, those were winter prices I'm remembering.

alicestrong, looking good on that mixte! modern bikes, of any variety, just don't look as cool to me. I fixed up a similar one for my neighbor last year. Is yours a Centurion? I tried to talk her into similar bars as yours.

bigbossman, I hear what you're saying about price, the amount and cost of work, etc. My neighbor gave me a '75 Peugeot that was no bargain, even for free. Fixing it for a relative, I cursed that thing for weeks, and must have put 15-20 hours into it. And it is still not problem-free. To really fix it would have cost more than it was worth - but I have to say, at these prices above, I should reconsider that. The person I'm looking for is sensitive on price. A neighbor sent me the link of that same Peugeot you're suggesting earlier in the week (it's the one I marked 'sold' above), but evidently the guy deleted the ad and re-posted. The first ad, amazingly, had even nicer photos. My mixte originally had the same bars and grips (and cranks, etc - must be similar years).

Btw, I sent that cl guy who asking $520 a polite email suggesting he's way overpriced (it had a funky mix of parts too, with cheap rusted racks), and that he should at least post some better pix. He sent me back a polite email saying some guys who knew bikes priced it for him. I almost wrote back asking if he'd pay that much, but I figured I'd be pushing my luck.




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Several in The Old Shed...

I have several mixte bicycles, including a nice old French Peugeot and a very clean Sekine Medialle, not to mention a few others that are in storage at a local storage facility. Let me know if you are interested.
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I got a beat up frame and fork from our own BBM last year and it turned out really nice.BBM its the only bike she will ride anymore. http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/b...3/100_1793.jpg
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I got a beat up frame and fork from our own BBM last year and it turned out really nice.BBM its the only bike she will ride anymore. http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/b...3/100_1793.jpg
Your mixte turned out nice. Where'd you get the wheels? That's been a problem with all four Peugeots I restored?

Oh yeah, your quote about crappy guitars - I totally get it. Same thing goes for bikes.

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Btw, who makes new mixtes? Someone posted the info before.
Koga/Miyata makes some really nice looking Trekking Mixtes that are available in Europe. Iím particularly found of the Randonneur M model with itís lugged steal frame, and other desirable features, but it only seems to be available in Europe. Itís available in up to a 56cm frame, which if it is sized like most Mixtes Iíve came across should feel pretty big for itís size.

Koga/Miyata U.S.A. has a Mixte Traveller M model they offer in a 57cm frame, but itís a different TIG welded aluminum frame, and I donít like the way the bike is set up nearly as well as the European one. Donít get me wrong, it looks like a very nice bike, but just not as desirable as the European one. I rarely if ever say this, but when it comes to bicycles I sometimes wish I lived in Europe.

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Raleigh Mixte - $75

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Keep this a secret from the other forum members.Out here in N/W Indiana you could still find Mixte bikes for $20.Remember ,dont tell the other forum members.
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Your mixte turned out nice. Where'd you get the wheels? That's been a problem with all four Peugeots I restored?

Oh yeah, your quote about crappy guitars - I totally get it. Same thing goes for bikes.
I think I got those 27" rims from Jenson. They are Weinman single wall but have performed brilliantly for her and they were pretty inexpensive. I think Harris sell the same thing and maybe A.E.Bike You can always look on E-bay I think I've seen them there.
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Road trip, or could ship for about the cost of the gas .

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I just sold a very nice steel wheeled Nishiki for $160 and I know if i had advertised it for $200 and given it some time I would have cgotten it.

I wouldnt call it a 'waiting list' but any small vintage bike that the shorter ladies can ride isin high demand around her.

Give me 5 Peugeot mixtes and I'll sell them all within 2 hours.
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alicestrong, looking good on that mixte! modern bikes, of any variety, just don't look as cool to me. I fixed up a similar one for my neighbor last year. Is yours a Centurion? I tried to talk her into similar bars as yours.

Thanks, yours is very nice, too. I couldn't resist the joke...

Mine is a 1977 Motobecane Grand Touring. I prefer the more upright bars to drops, also. It's still a "peppy" bike...
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I've got this one sitting in my garage. Have it on Chicago CL for $175, no interest. Shipping to you would be a bit pricey.



I think I'll do better on ebay. But man this thing is so nice, barely ridden.
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