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FlatTop 02-03-08 04:13 PM


Originally Posted by East Hill (Post 6100498)
Blakely, that's a beautiful bike! The white, black, pink is very chic :) .

East Hill

Agreed! Lots of nice details there.

Blakey 02-03-08 05:07 PM

Thanks, it's turned out pretty much how I wanted it to, even though it took far longer than it should have. I may outline the lugs in the same pink and colour the crank flutes, but after that and the guard/basket it's done.

I'm not 100% on the short reach stem with the moustache bars, it felt a little funny when I was test riding it, but that could also be because I'm used to riding drops on a 100mm stem on a 58cm frame. It does give a very upright position for cruising around, which was the goal. Plus that stem can't go any lower, it's super long, and the seat will have to drop fair bit (it's set for me in the photo), so the bars could be too high... all will be worked out after a few test rides.

Thanks for the VO link, Dirtdrop, I subscribe to Chris' blog, and love the stuff he's producing/stocking, but I'm in Melbourne, Oz, so shipping/quarantine would be killer on a bulky organic item like the basket.

I have another mixte almost completed for myself too, hot pink, black parts, Nexus 8sp hub. Just have to whack the hub in and figure out the cassette joint thingy it's done.

Shout outs to:
Abbotsford Cycles (Frame mods, misc parts)
Born Again Cycles (Fender stays, cranks, pedals)
Human Powered Cycles (Tool use for chasing/facing/chopping/etc)
Bens Cycles (Brooks saddle, misc parts)
Bell Powdercoating (obvious)
EPX Bikes (hub)

MnHPVA Guy 02-03-08 09:22 PM


Originally Posted by peripatetic (Post 6073218)
What kind of grips are on the second bike there? ^

Brooks.

http://www.brooksengland.com/shop/sh...-----------212

PhattTyre 02-24-08 10:45 PM

I was on here a few weeks ago asking for pictures of all these awesome mixtes because I was putting one together for a friend of mine. We found a Nishiki on craigslist, stripped the gears off, and made it a sweet single speed townie. She calls it 'Casandra' and loves it!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2117/...975fd2.jpg?v=0

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2350/...cfffcd.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3044/...83ec01.jpg?v=0

What do you think?

donnamb 02-24-08 10:58 PM

I like it. I saw that Nishiki when it was on Craigslist, but as I recall, it was too small for me.

Blakey 02-25-08 04:32 AM

Mixte #2 completed.

Before:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2355/...c92d85e8ae.jpg

After:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2363/...dd4f5a85f3.jpg

Shogun (Miyata) mixte, powdercoated, built with a red band Nexus 8sp hub, 52t chainring ground down to make a chainguard

His & Hers
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2244/...b4cd91d94a.jpg

More photos:
http://flickr.com/search/?q=mixte&w=...09%40N00&s=rec

East Hill 02-25-08 12:38 PM


Originally Posted by PhattTyre (Post 6225413)
I was on here a few weeks ago asking for pictures of all these awesome mixtes because I was putting one together for a friend of mine. We found a Nishiki on craigslist, stripped the gears off, and made it a sweet single speed townie. She calls it 'Casandra' and loves it!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2117/...975fd2.jpg?v=0

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2350/...cfffcd.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3044/...83ec01.jpg?v=0

What do you think?

Lovely! Of course, you know those of us with mixtes LOVE them :) . It was nice seeing them at the NAHBS, too.

East Hill

East Hill 02-25-08 12:39 PM


Originally Posted by Blakey (Post 6226107)
Mixte #2 completed.

Before:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2355/...c92d85e8ae.jpg

After:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2363/...dd4f5a85f3.jpg

Shogun (Miyata) mixte, powdercoated, built with a red band Nexus 8sp hub, 52t chainring ground down to make a chainguard

His & Hers
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2244/...b4cd91d94a.jpg

More photos:
http://flickr.com/search/?q=mixte&w=...09%40N00&s=rec

Nice! I wish I could convince Mr. East Hill he's missing out. Perhaps if I show him this :p ?

East Hill

bct555 02-29-08 08:14 PM

Well this huffy aerowind falls at the bottom of the bike chain but it is a mixtie and kinda cute in a weird sort of way.

http://oldtoolsforsale.com/bikes/00050.jpg

East Hill 02-29-08 08:39 PM


Originally Posted by bct555 (Post 6257400)
Well this huffy aerowind falls at the bottom of the bike chain but it is a mixtie and kinda cute in a weird sort of way.

http://oldtoolsforsale.com/bikes/00050.jpg

I'll have to keep an eye out for Huffy mixtes! I've never seen one.

East Hill

stronglight 02-29-08 09:09 PM

Blakey that looks Great! And, thanks for relocating the rear brake... the lower position always looks better to my eye. And, I'm becoming increasingly convinced that either gear hubs (or even single-speed rear hubs) are the ideal choice for a mixte bike. Great for riding around town and perfect for cargo or grocery hauling bikes when rear derailleurs often just get in the way. I think a simple chainguard would be a far better option than a front derailleur and second chainring - which gives far too many un-needed gears, anyway.

It is really more useful to keep pant legs clear of chain grease when wearing street clothes and often simple guard rings can be bolted right onto the outside of single chainrings instead... HAH! - Yes, the first thing everyone once removed from their bikes which came with them originally.

Guess I'm just heading backward toward the basics ... like the single-speed J C Higgins bike I owned at age 10 and Raleigh Sports at age 13. Who would have guessed? :D I suppose at age 90 I'll have made a complete circle and will then be riding an adult version of my first tricycle, too. :rolleyes:

stronglight 02-29-08 09:15 PM


Originally Posted by bct555 (Post 6257400)
Well this huffy aerowind falls at the bottom of the bike chain but it is a mixtie and kinda cute in a weird sort of way.

I think the Huffy looks VERY nice! Sure, it may weigh as much as a pickup truck, but they caught the concept very nicely. Appears to be in great shape too. I like that there is very generous room for mudguards (fenders)... something you seldom see on fancy modern bikes.

epicurean 04-05-08 10:22 AM

Here's a Fuji Allegro. A nice little mixte...
http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u...r/Allegroa.jpg
http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u...r/Allegrob.jpg
http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u...r/Allegroc.jpg
http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u...r/Allegro1.jpg
http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u...r/Allegrog.jpg
http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u...r/Allegrof.jpg

Bionicycle 04-05-08 01:13 PM

^^^^^^^ That is a great looking Fuji Mixte... Makes me want to get the metal polish out after mine...:o

epicurean 04-05-08 02:25 PM


Originally Posted by Bionicycle (Post 6466498)
^^^^^^^ That is a great looking Fuji Mixte... Makes me want to get the metal polish out after mine...:o

Thanks Bionicycle! It spent probably over 20 years in the back of my wife's grandmother's garage. We were helping to clean out the place prior to an estate sale, and I inquired about it. It was covered with junk, cobwebs, and a thick layer of dust. My wife thought I was nuts when I told her it would clean up nicely and be an easy Craigslist sale. She was pleased to find out that I was right. She walked downstairs one day (after I had cleaned it up) and didn't recognize it. "Where'd you get that bike?" she asked, "That's nice."

sailorbenjamin 04-05-08 04:13 PM


Originally Posted by Blue Order (Post 4566980)
My first adult bike was a 1970 Raleigh Record. It was bronze green. If that bronze green is what people mean by "Raleigh Green," this bike isn't "Raleigh green." You might be able to see an example on Retro Raleighs...

I've had like 8 green Raleighs and none of them were the same shade of green. but they're all Raleigh green to me.
b.

bct555 04-05-08 04:42 PM

Well I guess the mixte gods were looking out for me the last couple weeks. The last 4 bikes I found were mixte frames.
A nice little peugeot PH18 complete with lights, internal wiring, fenders, rack, and some cool bars.

http://oldtoolsforsale.com/bikes/00060.jpg

A clean Lotus commuter.

http://oldtoolsforsale.com/bikes/00062.jpg

Also found a CCM 10 spd mixte and a earlier CCM with a 3 speed hub.

East Hill 04-05-08 11:02 PM

Nice additions to the thread, everyone!

East Hill

stringbreaker 04-06-08 02:10 AM

Hopefully soon there will be one more :)

East Hill 04-06-08 07:58 AM


Originally Posted by stringbreaker (Post 6469493)
Hopefully soon there will be one more :)

Well, there will be a nice mixte frame in Sumner soon....:D .

East Hill

girlafraid 04-16-08 08:21 PM

My very first bike and what do you know? It's a mixte!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...los/mybike.jpg

East Hill 04-16-08 08:26 PM

Mixtes are so elegant....did you note how the rear brake works? It's such a marvelous detail.

East Hill

cmixte 04-17-08 12:14 PM

Paprika
 
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Hi,
Here is another mixte in LA….She joined our family in the spring of 2005 and was promptly given the name “Paprika” by our then 2 year old daughter. Paprika was my first thrift store find and kept me entertained when major surgery interrupted surfing for a few months. As a result of wrenching with Paprika, bikes in general, and french bikes more specifically, now occupy a large part of my “spare” time- which usually happens between the hours of 10 PM and 3AM while the family is sleeping.
Paprika earns her keep around our house. She is currently my daily commuter and the weekend family hauler. The second picture is Paprika decked out in her full weekend regalia. On occasion, she can be found pulling a Burley in addition to the child seat. She does it all very reliably.
The pictures show her with two different sets of cranks. First (current) picture has her with some late-80’s Shimano 105s with biopace rings. The other picture shows some older SRs. I like how the SRs look, but the biopace are smoother, especially with the kids in tow. The nitto moustache bars are great and the bar-ends are easy to use. Crane rd and Titlist fd work well with the Cyclo 5-speed freewheel (gears are kind of close though) and Sedis chain. The Pletscher double kickstand was an expensive but useful upgrade. Even in LA the fenders are useful if not required with the Burley.

I really enjoy all the mixtes in this thread and am happy to finally share mine!

Dawes-man 04-18-08 01:47 AM

I have suggested a friend of my girlfriend get a Mixte rather than buy one of the many new, Taiwan-made bikes available in Japan. I sent her a couple of pics from this thread to show her what I was talking about and then this link for a Panasonic Suteki presently on eBay:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...ayphotohosting

She likes it a lot and thinks it's really 'suteki' (Japanese for cool or handsome) but is worried it is a bit heavy for her. She's really small and will carry whatever she gets up and down 2 flights of stairs to her apartment every day. The Suteki weighs 28.5lbs (factory info apparently).

Is that pretty much par for the Mixte course or are there lighter makes/models available? Any help in steering this lass into our classic and vintage world will be much appreciated.

Dawes-man 04-18-08 01:54 AM

Or... alternatively, could this Suteki be made lighter? The handlebars are steel and could be changed to aluminium. If the wheels are steel too....?


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