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Old 10-17-07, 10:25 PM
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Originally Posted by maureenkh View Post
That pretty, speckled, lavender bar tape was perfect. I'm not surprised it sold quickly.
She actually squealed with delight when she saw it, hopping from one foot to the other. It was an amazing thing to behold.

Here's her original email to me - should have been a clue:

----- Original Message -----
From: "XXXXXXXX"
To: <XXXXXXXXXX>
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2007 11:12 AM
Subject: SMALL 46/48cm lavender mixte womens road bike, EX for petite women!!

I want this bike I'm only 5ft tall I have been serching for a bike like
this one I think I am in love.

--XXXXXX


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Old 10-20-07, 02:35 PM
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Hopefully this will be a picture of my wife's bike I described above:


A Bridgestone Carmel:


And a nice Peugeot Iseran that is nearly mint that I will flip. If you are going to show mixtes one should be French:
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Sweet bike

Love your bike and the part about the beer. Now if more wives were like you this world would definately be a much better place
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Originally Posted by xeney View Post
Here is mine ... not a great photo but I love this bike a lot. It's a Nishiki Sport, I think an '84. Obviously we've made some changes -- it had drop bars and stem shifters, and it was made for a woman about a foot shorter than I am. Right now it's my daily commuter and my grocery-getter, but my husband thinks I am going to need to swap out the rear wheel for something stronger if I keep carrying beer in those rear baskets. (He doesn't want me to stop carrying beer so I think he's either going to buy or build me a wheel.)
sweet bike. Love the part about the beer. Now if more wives were like you this world would be a much better place.
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Old 11-21-07, 01:45 PM
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Gender identity issues put well aside.



Here's the catalogue image of a Raleigh Wisp I bought on e-bay about a year ago for £15. It's in excellent condition and is currently wintering in my garage, which is too dark for a decent photo. Not sure why I bought it really. I love the colour scheme and they were so popular back in the '80s I thought it needed rescuing. I plan on using it for my first time trial event come April with Ultegra SPD pedals fitted, of course. I'll then return back to my more manly '85 Team Replica (Raleigh, of course).
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Old 11-21-07, 01:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Lewis72 View Post
Gender identity issues put well aside.


Here's the catalogue image of a Raleigh Wisp I bought on e-bay about a year ago for £15. It's in excellent condition and is currently wintering in my garage, which is too dark for a decent photo. Not sure why I bought it really. I love the colour scheme and they were so popular back in the '80s I thought it needed rescuing. I plan on using it for my first time trial event come April with Ultegra SPD pedals fitted, of course. I'll then return back to my more manly '85 Team Replica (Raleigh, of course).
Is yours the five or ten speed version?

I'd love to see a closeup view of the bike, that's an interesting colour fade there.

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Old 11-29-07, 11:57 AM
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Not mine, but I thought you might enjoy this one https://velospace.org/node/4729
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Old 11-29-07, 01:03 PM
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Not mine, but I thought you might enjoy this one https://velospace.org/node/4729
Fascinating frame! And love the colour...

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Old 11-29-07, 01:03 PM
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Originally Posted by MnHPVA Guy View Post
Not mine, but I thought you might enjoy this one https://velospace.org/node/4729

Sweet little Gazelle you have there. Beautiful build and the Reynolds 531 makes it that much sweeter.
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Not my mixte, but for all of you big spenders, a 1947 Rene Herse mixte.
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Originally Posted by East Hill View Post
Is yours the five or ten speed version?

I'd love to see a closeup view of the bike, that's an interesting colour fade there.

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Hi, mine is the 5 speed version. These were very popular with the girls in the mid '80s at the High School I was at (why does that sound so wrong? I was 13 at the time too). I don't think I've ever seen a 10 speed Wisp.

I'll take some photos of it later. It's currently hanging up in the rafters of my garage above a rusty Saab.
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Old 01-06-08, 05:08 PM
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Ira Ryan is a talented frame builder and an acquaintance of mine. Thought I'd share one of his creations.

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^^^
So there's other builders out there still making true mixtes .

Where is Mr. Ryan located?

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Originally Posted by East Hill View Post
^^^

Where is Mr. Ryan located?
Portland OR
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Portland OR
Ahhhh, is he going to be at the NAHBS?

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Originally Posted by East Hill View Post
Ahhhh, is he going to be at the NAHBS?

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He went last year... not sure if he's going again this year.
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Dang it! The Lavender mixte with the matching bar tape is gone, and I didn't get a chance to see it! bigbossman, can you check the link for me?

These are all great!
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She will need a bit of work, but this is the (I'm told) Motobecane Grand Touring Mixte that I was given last Fall, and has now taken up residence in my basement.
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He went last year... not sure if he's going again this year.
He'll be there, and he's not the only Portland builder dabbling in mixtes these days.
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Originally Posted by Noah Scape View Post
Ira Ryan is a talented frame builder and an acquaintance of mine. Thought I'd share one of his creations.

Oh boy oh boy do I love that frame!
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He'll be there, and he's not the only Portland builder dabbling in mixtes these days.
Ummmm, modern mixtes! I'd better not bring my credit card . Far too tempting.

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It would be a custom build - that's how they do them. You wouldn't be in danger of walking out of the show with a bike, not to worry. I don't know about builders from other areas, but you want to visit the booths of Ira Ryan, Joseph Ahearne, and Tony Pereira for sure.
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It would be a custom build - that's how they do them. You wouldn't be in danger of walking out of the show with a bike, not to worry. I don't know about builders from other areas, but you want to visit the booths of Ira Ryan, Joseph Ahearne, and Tony Pereira for sure.
I might not walk out of the show with a bike, but I know I'll be toting a bag filled with literature .

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That Ira Ryan bike is definitely a beauty!

Just a personal preference, but since the bike is set up for cantilevers I'd certainly prefer brakes on the lower tubes and with a simple straight cable routing. The "down > outside > up > back around > then down again" cable routing at the rear always bugs me. - Usually an awkward looking setup to accomodate sidepull brakes. On the Ryan bike, with cantilevers, the cable needs to also be brought back around and re-centered to drop from an additional cable stop hanger.

I think J P Weigle's idea for this type of bike is the best of all I've seen (similar to Mixtes from the 1950s) and easily do-able on any custom build...



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To keep the caliper arms out of the way,
Weigle mounted simple center-pulls (Mafac?).
This way, unlike using cantilevers with extended arms,
the brakes will not stick out the sides to possibly be kicked.
and, the cantilever posts are brazed beneath the twin tubes.


Weigle used a full diameter upper tube from seattube to head tube.
Notice the pump peg for a mini-pump...
still plenty of room for the straddle wire to pass around this.




Here is my MUCH cheaper 1985 Peugeot Mixte.
Inexpensive Weinmann centerpulls are bolted to a simple steel bracket.
Notice the insides of the twin tubes were creased
Those recesses in the tubes contain and conceal the caliper's "yoke" very neatly.




Even this simpler and cheaper mounting
gives the clean straight cable routing which I prefer.
It just seems so perfectly natural for this type of bike. [IMHO]

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