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Old 05-02-10, 06:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Chris Pringle
Sixty fiver: Interesting bicycle indeed! Where's Akvon Cycles? Do they manufacture this type of specialty bicycles or something? I can't find them on the internet.
It's Arvon Cycles: https://www.sandsmachine.com/bp_arvon.htm
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Originally Posted by Chris Pringle
Sixty fiver: Interesting bicycle indeed! Where's Akvon Cycles? Do they manufacture this type of specialty bicycles or something? I can't find them on the internet.
He's a local builder, who at 75 is still going strong (building and riding) and bet I could talk to him about building up a new mixte frame... he almost has things down here.
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver
He's a local builder, who at 75 is still going strong (building and riding) and bet I could talk to him about building up a new mixte frame... he almost has things down here.
Yeah... a mixte bicycle with a touch of some of his unique design would be very interesting. Do you know if he has built any mixtes before? What kind of steel does he use for his fabrications?
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Originally Posted by mr_macgee
Awful similar, I just got this for my girlfriend on Saturday.

Good deal and it's in fantastic condition, just completely perfect.
Trying to get some leather grips and saddle on the cheap.
Might get a worn through brooks from the local coop and try to re-cover it, we'll see, as in, you'll all see it if it's a success.
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Originally Posted by Chris Pringle
Yeah... a mixte bicycle with a touch of some of his unique design would be very interesting. Do you know if he has built any mixtes before? What kind of steel does he use for his fabrications?
He draws his own 4130 tubes for his touring bikes and tandems and also builds with Reynolds 531... he builds a very pretty lugged frame although the demand for these is not as high as it is for tandems and touring bikes.
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Winter Project

I've been so busy riding this that I haven't posted pics of the final build. It's a '76 Raleigh Grand Prix I picked up last summer from Craigslist. I played with it over the winter and built it with a combination of donar, parts bin, VO and Riv parts I liked. When the snow melted I swapped out the wheels from my Jamis Commuter and it makes a great city bike. I apologize in advance for the cell phone shots, it's the only camera I have right now.
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Originally Posted by irwin7638
I've been so busy riding this that I haven't posted pics of the final build. It's a '76 Raleigh Grand Prix I picked up last summer from Craigslist. I played with it over the winter and built it with a combination of donar, parts bin, VO and Riv parts I liked. When the snow melted I swapped out the wheels from my Jamis Commuter and it makes a great city bike. I apologize in advance for the cell phone shots, it's the only camera I have right now.
Beautiful job! I'm really liking the new paint job - the headtube looks great with the inset gold paint! Must have taken a lot of attention getting in around those lugs!

What kind of hub are you running? Is that a Nexus?

Classy choices with the Porteur rack and B66, too. All around beautiful project, very well executed. Thanks for sharing!
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Here's a Mixte I just finished for my wife.
Frame is homebuilt on 700C wheels with a Sturmey 3 speed hub.
Gran Compe centerpulls, first generation Dura-Ace crankset and BB.
Several Velo Orange bits. It's a nice path bike.

This thread details the build process;
https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ilding-a-Mixte






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Originally Posted by Maddox

What kind of hub are you running? Is that a Nexus?
Yep, it's a Nexus 8 speed, while I was working on the bike this winter I coldset the dropouts to 135 mm with an old axle and a couple of nuts and just left it all winter. Worked out really well. Thanks for the compliment.

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Cassave, I am speechless! That is one beautiful frame.
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Originally Posted by Cassave
Here's a Mixte I just finished for my wife.
Frame is homebuilt on 700C wheels with a Sturmey 3 speed hub.
Gran Compe centerpulls, first generation Dura-Ace crankset and BB.
Several Velo Orange bits. It's a nice path bike.

This thread details the build process;
https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ilding-a-Mixte





Wow! Simply wow...
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Picked up this Ventura from a friend for storing his car for a few months. Looks like a Nishiki copy. The paint is in very good condition. It came with fold up baskets.

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Originally Posted by Cassave
Here's a Mixte I just finished for my wife.
Frame is homebuilt on 700C wheels with a Sturmey 3 speed hub.
Gran Compe centerpulls, first generation Dura-Ace crankset and BB.
Several Velo Orange bits. It's a nice path bike.
That is a very beautiful bike and realizing it was a custom thought I was looking at someone else's handiwork who's name rhymes with "manilla".



Sasha White built a Mixte for his wife which was a NAHBS winner and is a bike she rides daily in Portland... am sure it has been posted here and if not will find an image for y'all.

My lady has a mixte but wants a Dutch styled roadster... hers will be one of the first frames I build although it won;t be made out of gas pipe and will have some very personal touches. I love the heart shaped cutouts in the lug and on the rear rack.
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That Vanilla bike is sweet. Not to fond of the baby blue, but the style is exquisite!
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That Vanilla bike is sweet. Not to fond of the baby blue, but the style is exquisite!
Believe this was made for his daughter and bet this is her favourite colour... his wife's mixte is also beautiful and my better half sees it out and about all the time as it is a hard working bicycle.

I heard his daughter's first tricycle was also handbuilt... with King hubs and a King headset.
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Thanks for sharing that beauty on C&V, Cassave. It's like everything good about a mixte, all nicely blended.

The Vanilla mixte is interesting, but aggressive-looking, with styling cues from old motorbikes...there's a bit of Velocette in there.
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I hate to bring it up, because I think it has came up on this thread before, but that Vanilla bike is not a Mixte frame bike by any definition. I love the styling and it captures the lines of a Mixte very well, but it lacks a set of stays... Not to get too far off subject, but for those of you who assign gender roles to bicycles, what would you consider that Vanilla frame to be?... other than a great looking bike. It's not a Mixte but being a man, I'd be proud to ride it, powder blue and all.
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Originally Posted by Bionicycle
I hate to bring it up, because I think it has came up on this thread before, but that Vanilla bike is not a Mixte frame bike by any definition. I love the styling and it captures the lines of a Mixte very well, but it lacks a set of stays... Not to get too far off subject, but for those of you who assign gender roles to bicycles, what would you consider that Vanilla frame to be?... other than a great looking bike. It's not a Mixte but being a man, I'd be proud to ride it, powder blue and all.
You're right, but I'll give that a blind eye 'cause it's just soooo cool!
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The Vanilla's geometry does not warrant the third stay but has double top tubes so isn't quite a full on mixte... but wouldn't you want to be the kid riding this bike to school every day ?



It is very reminiscent of early motorcycles in it's look and bet that with a smaller rider nestled between those wheel that the bike is very stable and comfortable.
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Originally Posted by robtown
That's beautiful. What's the story behind this one? It looks better than new!
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Originally Posted by irwin7638
Cassave, I am speechless! That is one beautiful frame.
Thanks, much appreciated.

I've built a lot of diamond frames but this was the first Mixte. It's owner seems pretty happy with it.
I'm tempted to build one for myself.
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Originally Posted by Cassave
Thanks, much appreciated.

I've built a lot of diamond frames but this was the first Mixte. It's owner seems pretty happy with it.
I'm tempted to build one for myself.
I would if I were you, I love the one I've been riding.
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Originally Posted by irwin7638
I would if I were you, I love the one I've been riding.
+2 - My mixte has also become my favorite bike to ride. I'd give anything in the world to be a framebuilder, especially one as skilled as you, Cassave. I had tears running down my cheeks when I saw the pictures of that beautiful mixte you built for your wife.
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