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Show us your mixte (mhendricks' new happy place)

Old 03-07-17, 02:57 PM
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Originally Posted by merziac
I've said it before, but it's worth repeating, "mixte" literally translates to universal and was originally used by companies that did not make anything else, no men's or women's, just universal.
I prefer "Step Through" since you only need to lift your foot a bit to mount the bike. It makes a lot of sense when you have a tall load on the back, like a milk crate or child seat. I must admit that I like the small parallel twin tubes of the classic "mixte" though.
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Just found out the two NOS bikes I posted on the previous page sold yesterday at auction for $35 each. Kicking myself for missing that great deal.

As for the terminology I no longer call them girls bikes after reading on this forum about how useful this frame style is to disabled riders.
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@LouB - I recently bought a 1983 Lotus "Special" (model) mixte & was the only year they made it in a youth size - it has 24 x 1 3/8" wheels! Not to be confused with 24" mountain bike wheels.

So perhaps a "youth" sized road bike mixte. The one I have isn't a children's bike - it's like for teenagers or anyone who is smaller.
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Old 03-10-17, 10:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Velocivixen
@LouB - I recently bought a 1983 Lotus "Special" (model) mixte & was the only year they made it in a youth size - it has 24 x 1 3/8" wheels! Not to be confused with 24" mountain bike wheels.

So perhaps a "youth" sized road bike mixte. The one I have isn't a children's bike - it's like for teenagers or anyone who is smaller.
Thanks. Yes, smaller is better for my girl. Good advice.
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A Raleigh Marathon, which I put some cruiser bars on and gave to a friend. I love how it has "Raleigh" marked all over it.




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My turn!

Late 70's or early 80's Benotto...not sure the exact year, and honestly I don't care.

This thing is more fun than you can shake a stick at.

Frame is very light, the thing dances on the Record hubs and sew ups.

Originally purchased for my lady, but it's too tall and stretched out for her (she now has a green UO-8 mixte, pics to come).



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Mercier I picked up on eBay. Couldn't resist the color and the white detail. Will make a fine tweed ride bike


With a good-enough-for-now saddle:


I'll do a somewhat thorough restore on it and won't change much.
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Old 03-27-17, 07:39 PM
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Originally Posted by BikeTales
A Raleigh Marathon, which I put some cruiser bars on and gave to a friend. I love how it has "Raleigh" marked all over it.




Did you buy those bars new? If so, where can I find some like that? I'm building a mixte for my mum
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Originally Posted by FNS32
Heres a Fuji I built up last winter for my daughter
What bars are those? Where can I find them?
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Old 03-27-17, 08:07 PM
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Originally Posted by primo123
Did you buy those bars new? If so, where can I find some like that? I'm building a mixte for my mum
I got them off an old Raleigh Record or something. Check out Velo Orange, Soma Fabrications, Nitto or Origin8. You probably know of all of those brands, but browse around their sites and you may find something.
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My mother and family are flying to see me for Easter holidays. I decided I had enough bikes on hand we could do a cool Katy Trail ride (flat, limestone) and visit some old historic towns. I have enough bikes for the guys, but none for my mom. My mom is a very short lady so I decided to slap together this mixte frame I had laying around. I decided to single speed it for ease of operation, and also just 1 single brake (not yet fitted). It's a very small bike, but she is a petite thing and should work just fine for her. Let me know what you think!





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Gorgeous.
I've got an 1983 Lotus Special in a youth size with 24" road wheels. It's a red mixte also, and I'm fixing it up as a surprise for my mother in law.
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1976/shown before, but not like this. Found some titan bars from 1954.
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1st Parts Bike - Schwinn Question
I'm working on making an old Fuji Special Road Racer into a singlespeed bike and need several parts including drop handlebars. I saw this '74 Schwinn Continental mixte for $25 and bought it this week. The stock handlebar has "British Made" on the end and the GB logo you see in the last photo. Anyone know who made this handlebar and any info as to the quality? Sorry, kinda of pic heavy for a parts bike, but I love patina and recycling is one of my favorite forms of cycling





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Raleigh Super Course Mixte

Just finished taking this little lady to my local bike co-op after I found it on craigslist two years ago. Got my hands dirty and learned so much. Now she is pretty much ready to ride!
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@Deal4Fuji they are made by GB company and in the U.K. The GB stands for the owner of the company back then Gerry Burgess. I think they make lawn furniture now. Great quality in a bar and stem, which is one of the smaller diameter stems, .833.

Good luck with the Fuji project.
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow
@Deal4Fuji they are made by GB company and in the U.K. The GB stands for the owner of the company back then Gerry Burgess. I think they make lawn furniture now. Great quality in a bar and stem, which is one of the smaller diameter stems, .833.

Good luck with the Fuji project.
Interesting - thanks Law !! That stem is stuck in the head tube good. I've sprayed & sprayed Liquid Wrench and tapped and torqued like crazy and it won't release. Maybe the vinegar soak is next.
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@Deal4Fuji - I had my first stuck stem and couldn't get it out. I thought the wedge at the bottom might on,y be stuck, so took out the stem bolt (that goes down into the wedge) but the stem itself was still stuck.
Long story short, my stem had an expansion plug - not a wedge. The plug gets pulled up inside of the stem - mine was rusted in place. In other words, it was not the outer surface of the stem stuck to the inner surface of the steer tube. It was the metal plug that got rusted or galvanically "connected" to the inside of the stem.
Knowing this information allowed me to formulate my plan of extraction, and it worked. I could have been trying to twist and turn that stem for eternity and it never would have come out. I turned the bike upside down and looked up the steer tube from the bottom with a flashlight.

Good luck.
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Originally Posted by Velocivixen
@Deal4Fuji - I had my first stuck stem and couldn't get it out. I thought the wedge at the bottom might on,y be stuck, so took out the stem bolt (that goes down into the wedge) but the stem itself was still stuck.
Long story short, my stem had an expansion plug - not a wedge. The plug gets pulled up inside of the stem - mine was rusted in place. In other words, it was not the outer surface of the stem stuck to the inner surface of the steer tube. It was the metal plug that got rusted or galvanically "connected" to the inside of the stem.
Knowing this information allowed me to formulate my plan of extraction, and it worked. I could have been trying to twist and turn that stem for eternity and it never would have come out. I turned the bike upside down and looked up the steer tube from the bottom with a flashlight.

Good luck.
Thanks for the suggestion @Velocivixen ! I did loosen the stem bolt about an inch and hit it with a wood block and hammer and it seemed to release the wedge....at least when I try to put the stem bolt back in it's not finding any threads down there. I've put Liquid Wrench in from both top & bottom.

I'll see if I can see anything looking from the bottom of the head tube with a light. What would I see if it does have an expansion plug? I saw a YouTube suggesting covering the bolt hole with electrical tape and turning everything upside down and pouring vinegar in the head tube to let it work a day or two on the rust.
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Deal4Fuji - sometimes with small bike frames the wedge (if there is one) gets stuck when a person tightens it with the bottom of the stem in the area of the head tube where it's "butted" or narrows. I could see from turning bike upside down that wasn't the case.

I removed the long stem bolt then inserted it into the plug from the BOTTOM side, and gave it a whack with a hammer.

Then turned it right side up again and inserted the stem bolt the normal way and hit it again. I felt it loosen and the stem came right out. The plug was completely thick with rust!
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It you need parts:

Those brake levers with the turkey wing add one are not to everyone's taste but there is a good way of getting rid of them. When you are done you have a nice lever with the valuable cable adjuster to use.

Disassemble the levers and take the coloured pivot pin into the LBs. IF they have a parts bin you can find some shorter pins that never had the screw tip for the side levers. Reassemble the brake levers with the new pins and you have a functioning lever with a great cable adjuster.

Good luck with the stem!
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Thanks for the tip !! I'm also interested in reusing the Schwinn Approved, Made in France pedals by what appears to be CIBIE company ?? Searching on that name pedals on the web brings up Raleigh, did this company made pedals for Raleigh too? They need work, I've taken them apart and the ball bearings are in bad shape. Where's a good place to buy bearings...and can you tell from the photo below what size these are?
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Originally Posted by Deal4Fuji
Thanks for the tip !! I'm also interested in reusing the Schwinn Approved, Made in France pedals by what appears to be CIBIE company ?? Searching on that name pedals on the web brings up Raleigh, did this company made pedals for Raleigh too? They need work, I've taken them apart and the ball bearings are in bad shape. Where's a good place to buy bearings...and can you tell from the photo below what size these are?
Cibie probably only made the reflectors. They were a automotive lighting company, after all, famous for driving lights and headlights. Pedals are likely Atom or Lyotard.
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Originally Posted by thumpism
Cibie probably only made the reflectors. They were a automotive lighting company, after all, famous for driving lights and headlights. Pedals are likely Atom or Lyotard.
These are Atom 440s. Found on Raleighs as well, but in standard 9/16 " size.
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