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Show us your mixte (mhendricks' new happy place)

Old 03-22-22, 09:04 AM
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1980 Concord. Recently sold.




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Old 03-28-22, 11:39 AM
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Three of my French restorations. Wish I had been there to take a photo that shows all three better. My son sent me this recently. This must be an outing from him, his mother and a friend.

These are complete restorations. Strip the frame, clean and polish everything, rebuild. The Peugeot on the right was my first full restoration. It was pretty beat and took 35 hours (the only time I ever counted, and I'm certainly faster now). Brooks saddles all around. Nitto and Public bars.

Left: Motobecane
Center: Peugeot UO-18 single speed
Right: Peugeot UO-18

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Old 05-31-22, 12:11 AM
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Just finished up a 70s Motobecane mixte that I assembled from many pieces. I started with the frame and over a couple of months gathered pieces (mostly) old and new for a path racer inspired unisex bike.

The frame came off a scrap pile, missing pedals and the front wheel. It wasn't badly weathered and I started by stripping everything off, stripping down the frame, and painting it with Datsun Metallic Gray auto paint.
It had bent forks and frozen stem and a bent steel wheel with locked up gear cluster. I replaced the heavy steel bars, seat post and wheel in the build resulting in a much lighter bike.


Recycled SKS fenders and a new battery powered rear tail light complement the dark gray, as does the recycled alloy rack painted flat black. The seat and handlebars were adjusted properly for the new owner after the photo.


The crank and chain rings cleaned up nicely and I found a pair of alloy pedals on a local marketplace. I purchased a wheel set with alloy Araya rims on Craigs List and mounted Schwalbe gumwall tires on them. The Suntour V-GT rear derailleur was serviceable and cleaned up nicely. New cables and housing all work smoothly for derailleurs and brakes.



The brakes came off a bent Schwinn Tempo frame that I bought for parts. The front brake went with the Schwinn fork but the rear was too short. I fabricated a drop bolt for it and it provided the proper clearance for the brake and the fenders.


The front fork was twisted and I replaced it with the chrome moly Tange fork from the Schwinn. The original fork had apparently been bent when someone used a 2x4 between the blades to free the frozen stem.


The original stem had to be sawn through to free the fork. The new stem and handlebars came off a wrecked Linus mixte. I was going to use some old Suntour bar end shifters, but they didn't fit the Linus handlebar, so the old Motobecane stem shifters stayed.


I drilled out the rivets and removed the head badge before stripping and painting the frame, thinking I'd fill in the colors. I liked its patina against the dark gray, though, and epoxied it back in place. The Dia-Compe side pull brakes stayed with the replacement forks. The decals came from a set for a tandem bike, giving me enough for another bike to match this, although not a mixte.



The front derailleur had almost been ground through by the chain due to misalignment. The replacement came from eBay as well. It now shifts properly. The paint is a bit brittle, even with a clear coat, and scratches easily, unfortunately. I may try a powder coat on the next one. After six cans of automotive primer, paint, and clear coat, it comes out about the same.


The fork from the Schwinn had not been painted and was shiny like the crown. I taped off the crown and tips and painted it to match the old forks. The Tange headset was definitely better than the old one.


I had to source some new fender stays for the rear fender, and removed the reflector and replaced it with this battery-powered rear light. These should work well on wet streets. I dropped one of the rack bolts and nut and couldn't find it, but it showed up later and I have a matching set of four on the mounting brackets.


The used Brooks saddle came from eBay, with a scuff on one edge, but after cleaning it with saddle soap and applying ample Proofide it came back to life. A bit more tension on it and it is now quite comfortable. The inverted Linus bars and new Velo Orange basket weave grips are quite comfortable around town. The bike is now much lighter with the steel components removed and is very responsive on the road.
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Old 05-31-22, 04:48 AM
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Nice job, sounds like it was a deep-dive but all that work is evident in the final product.
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Old 07-13-22, 10:27 PM
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Just completed this mid-80s Nishiki Bel Air. Digging the Suntour LePree 3 jockey wheel rear derailleur.



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Old 07-14-22, 06:44 AM
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Not a mixte but an unusually tall (22-23") stepthrough that someone might be searching for.

https://richmond.craigslist.org/bik/...500753208.html

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Old 07-14-22, 10:29 AM
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jkrug I too am a fan of the VO basket weave grips. Nice bike.
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Old 07-15-22, 03:01 PM
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My wife's matching mixte GJ with the long cage Jubilee RD. This nervex lug Reynolds 531 frame is one of the neatest mixties out there. Very rare to find one.

Red w/black panel Grand Jubilee '75

Here's my wife's '75 Motobecane Grand Jubile with Nervex-lugged Reynolds 531 frame and Huret Jubilee derailleurs, long cage RD


swapped out the Jubilee RD for another Huret model, the Duopar. Currently running a Stronglite crank in place of the old TA 3-arm.

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Old 07-17-22, 03:52 PM
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Not exactly a mixte, but certainly french

This was until today a stalled project, just got it out and started dusting it off.
Decals are next.

It's a Mercier built from a frame and a few bits I found being thrown away.
The frame and fork were bent, and it had been stripped and then painted (badly) black and white.
It did have one set of Mafac brakes and that little roller for the rear cable.
It's a bit unusual, was built for 650B wheels, shifter braze-on (just one) on the right-side centre-stay, has a dynamo tab and little brazeons to run the wiring through, tabs for a rear rack, tabs for the chainguard, and a flat chainstay bridge (hence the propstand).
Almost everything else was out of the bins or bought to fit - Velocity rims and the spokes are new, hubs are Atom, Huret mechs and a Simplex shifter, Pivo stem and Guidon Phillipe bars.



Mixte and berceau frames vary a lot in how they do this joint - this is one of the fancier versions:



That's a Nervar three-pin with a 42 hiding under the chainguard:



Stainless fender stays - got a dozen feet of the stuff locally and the mounting bits from VO:



I did the derailleur tab:



This saddle is interesting - I think it's rubber, with a fabric skin bonded top and bottom:



This was bent when I got it:



So were the forks:



Mercier head-lugs; dead giveaway:


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Old 07-25-22, 04:01 PM
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I just finished up restoring this '79 Raleigh Record Ace 10-speed, sans bar tape. It's got re-greased/re-packed hub and headset bearings, new inner tubes, cleaned out the seatpost, outfitted with the VO quill stem adapter and Nouveau Randonneur Handlebars at 44cm, new brake/shift cables and housings. I removed the stem shifters as they don't work well with the VO quill stem adapter and replaced them with a set of Suntour downtube shifters which worked out quite nicely.




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Old 07-26-22, 10:49 AM
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My 1980 Raleigh Record Ace that I acquired recently. New tires, tubes, rim tapes and serviced front wheel bearings so far. Crank bearings and rear wheel bearings soon.









Took it out for it’s first ride last Sunday.


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Old 08-01-22, 02:50 AM
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A more modern mixte, Soma Buena Vista cafe racer style. It's become my favorite fair weather commuter.

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Old 08-07-22, 02:16 PM
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Made in Canada Peugeot

Donated by a friend this Peugeot U08 marked made in Canada has just arrived at One Browns Lane. I believe she has had the bike since new, but it has not been ridden for many years. It seems to be complete and in decent condition and it will be a future project. I have done many mixtes and always intended to keep one for myself but someone always seems to want one. I had a CCM, two Raleighs, a Sekine and currently have another CCM Elite in storage.






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Donated by a friend this Peugeot U08 marked made in Canada has just arrived at One Browns Lane.
That's an unusual Reynolds sticker- first time I have seen it; seems a bit much, bragging about the quality of a single one of the dozen bits tubing used.

You may find those stamped rear dropouts trouble, to get the wheel in and out; there can be precious little clearance between the small sprocket and the stays. Deflating the tyre may help.
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A more modern mixte, Soma Buena Vista cafe racer style. It's become my favorite fair weather commuter.

Looks great, Marc!
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Old 11-08-22, 04:45 PM
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My latest mixte--a Univega that I picked up sans front wheel. Took off the drop bars and used a Velo Orange Porteur bar with generic brake levers. Wrapped the grips with some left-over black tape. Added a pair of Planet Bike fenders and new gumwall tires. The older Brooks saddle was dried out but restored nicely with a cleaning and liberal applications of Proofide. Like the looks of this setup and it is smooth to ride. A great town bike.

Univega mixte back on the road.

The old Brooks saddle was hard and dried out, but came back nicely with cleaning and Proofide.

The components on the bike work well and provide a good range for city riding.

Cleaned and lubricated all the bearings and moving parts.

The inverted Velo Orange porteur handlebars provide a comfortable riding position.


New gumwall tires and a new front rim.

The steel frame is light enough for casual riding.

Love these sprung Brooks saddles.

The Planet Bike fenders needed a bit of coaxing to adjust but look good on the frame.
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