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Show us your mixte (mhendricks' new happy place)

Old 08-06-12, 09:53 AM
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My wife asked me to rebuild her early '80s Canadian built Raleigh Sprite as a road bike with drop bars.
I took the opportunity to upgrade the shifters and deraileurs to a full late '70s SunTour group and add a rack for her trunk bag. This bike was originally a 5 or 6 speed, but has been upgraded to a 10-speed.
This photo was from a test ride I did this morning, and I have since straightened the seat angle.

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Old 08-06-12, 04:29 PM
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Raleigh Record Ace Mixte that I got for next to nothing off CL for my girl friend

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at 6'3 with long legs, are there any mixtes i would fit besides maybe a rivendell?
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Old 08-10-12, 05:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Creme Brulee
at 6'3 with long legs, are there any mixtes i would fit besides maybe a rivendell?
Soma makes the Buena Vista in a 58cm, that's about it. I have one and love it.


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Here is a Shogun I've got for sale. Tangealoy cromoly double butted frame.

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Originally Posted by Creme Brulee
at 6'3 with long legs, are there any mixtes i would fit besides maybe a rivendell?
I've restored a number of Peugeots now. My favorite, a 1972, has a 56cm effective top tube length. Perfect for my 32" inseam. Not sure if they come any bigger.

The others have been too small for me. Tried a number of things to get them to fit, such as the nitto technomic, but they still feel cramped because of the top tube distance. Also, the problem is exacerbated by Brooks saddles with those short rails, and I always put a B67 on them.


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I'm jealous of that orange Peugeot!

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Old 08-16-12, 12:36 PM
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I have a 1984 Nishiki bel-Air mixte

Ride it wearing skirts 80% of the time!

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^ Very cool 26" wheeled Nishiki mixte!

Large mixtes did exist. I spotted a homeless type guy riding a large Benotto mixte to Walmart! Around 58cm equivalent. It had upturned road bars, rack with milk carton, lights, horn, stuff hanging all over it. I looked it over and it was a Columbus SL-tubed Benotto. He even pulled the seatpost and saddle off it before going inside. I felt sad for the bike, but it was being used. I had the thought to offer him to buy this rare frame.
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Originally Posted by whatshertoes
I have a 1984 Nishiki bel-Air mixte

Ride it wearing skirts 80% of the time!
Finally see another one, here's one I found a couple weeks ago

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My Suteki mixte riding daughter told me she wanted a road bike to replace her town bike. A week later I had a neighbor flag me down and ask if I wanted to by his bike. It was a Le Tour mixte. Silly question.

Anyway, I replaced the saddle and bar tape, swapped the aluminum wheels from the Suteki onto the Le Tour, and she was ready to go.

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Originally Posted by WNG
^ Very cool 26" wheeled Nishiki mixte!

Large mixtes did exist. I spotted a homeless type guy riding a large Benotto mixte to Walmart! Around 58cm equivalent. It had upturned road bars, rack with milk carton, lights, horn, stuff hanging all over it. I looked it over and it was a Columbus SL-tubed Benotto. He even pulled the seatpost and saddle off it before going inside. I felt sad for the bike, but it was being used. I had the thought to offer him to buy this rare frame.
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Oh man! Another Bel-Air!

I have not seen any other Nishiki Bel-Airs and it's not even listed as a model on Wikipedia.
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Originally Posted by oddjob2
Here is a Shogun I've got for sale. Tangealoy cromoly double butted frame.

That's a badass mixte!
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Old 08-27-12, 06:37 PM
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To answer a really early question, yes, real men ride mixte's as well. I inherited a beautiful '77 or '78 Peugeot UO18. I also received a Raleigh Gran Sport at the same time, and despite the lower end components, the Peugeot has a smoother, more stable ride. I still need to get the Velo-Orange Hammered fenders, but it's still attractive without. If anyone has the matching UO-8 Men's bicycle, I would love to find one. (I have a thing about matching bicycles) Metallic Blue, or Red.

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Irwin7638, what chainguard is that? My wife keeps tattooing herself. I love the Soma as well, if hers was the 58cm size she'd never get it away from me. Also what front rack is that? I posted a pic of this once, but it's changed a little since then;
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I've seen some nice city bikes in mpls but that may be the best one yet.
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Originally Posted by scotjonscot
Irwin7638, what chainguard is that? My wife keeps tattooing herself. I love the Soma as well, if hers was the 58cm size she'd never get it away from me. Also what front rack is that? I posted a pic of this once, but it's changed a little since then;
The chaingaurd is VO as is the Porteur rack. They are both great additions for city riding.

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Old 08-30-12, 12:08 PM
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Originally Posted by whatshertoes
Oh man! Another Bel-Air!

I have not seen any other Nishiki Bel-Airs and it's not even listed as a model on Wikipedia.
I have the non-mixte in exactly the same color! Not 100% sure on the year, since I got it used in '89, but 1984 sounds right. (Edit: found a serial number to year mapping -- it is, indeed, an 84). It's the same decal set, and everything looks identical, except for 1) not being a mixte and 2) a few things I replaced on mine after it had to live outside for a few years. Out of curiosity, you haven't ever managed to match touch-up paint, have you?

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Here's my Schwinn Varsity mixte that is my main ride:

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Originally Posted by loneviking61
Here's my Schwinn Varsity mixte that is my main ride:

not a mixte imo
nice varsity though
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Originally Posted by marley mission
not a mixte imo
nice varsity though
Why would you not consider my bike a mixte?
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Loneviking61, a mixte frame has twin top tubes that runs from the steering head, passed the seat tube, and it terminates at the rear dropouts. What you have is a step through frame.

Here is my daughter's Mixte:


Here is my wife's step through:
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Originally Posted by loneviking61
Why would you not consider my bike a mixte?
well - there are many differing thoughts on this but for me
the bike has to have a third rear stay meaning your sloping top tube should run straight through to the rear drops - 'splitting' the seat and rear stays
now most agree on that
i also add that i 'need' the sloping top tube to be a 'split' tube that extends to the rear drops - many differ on this feeling the top tube can be a single (ie - schwinn letour) and still meet the criteria
i would consider your bike a step through frame - i love mixtes and varsities - but imo schwinn never made a true mixte
anyway - hope that helps to explain my position - in any case - enjoy the bike - schwinn varsities are pretty tough and reliable bikes
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Originally Posted by marley mission
well - there are many differing thoughts on this but for me
the bike has to have a third rear stay meaning your sloping top tube should run straight through to the rear drops - 'splitting' the seat and rear stays
now most agree on that
i also add that i 'need' the sloping top tube to be a 'split' tube that extends to the rear drops - many differ on this feeling the top tube can be a single (ie - schwinn letour) and still meet the criteria
i would consider your bike a step through frame - i love mixtes and varsities - but imo schwinn never made a true mixte
anyway - hope that helps to explain my position - in any case - enjoy the bike - schwinn varsities are pretty tough and reliable bikes
OK..I see what you are getting at. Well, guess I messed up this thread!
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