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Any opinions about a Puch mixte or a Hiawatha mixte?

Old 08-25-10, 06:01 PM
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Any opinions about a Puch mixte or a Hiawatha mixte?

Both available on CL right now. I don't know model names; I looked closely at the Puch picture and it didn't seem to have a model label anymore. It has Suntour derailleur, Sugino crank,shifters at the top of the stem, and those extra brake handles, no quick release on the wheels--that's about all I know.

No other information on the Hiawatha as yet. It is not a brand I've heard of before.

Are either of these worth getting interested? The seller is asking $130 for the Puch. She bought it from a shop so I'm assuming it has had any needed restoration done. I'm thinking about a steel road bike with drops for longer rides. These 2 mixtes just happen to be my size.
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Not enough details to make a good decision. Go look at them in person, if you like one, buy it.

You will pay a premium for a mixte. Around here, mixtes sell for 50% to 75% more than an equivalently equipped road bike. So if it really doesn't matter, you are better off getting a regular road bike instead.

Your description of the Puch sounds bottom end, the very bottom. But even bottom end mixtes will sell pretty quickly. Suntour derailleur means nothing. They made junk, they made terrific stuff, and everything in between. NO QR on wheels is a tell tail sign of bottom end. Bet the rims are steel, ditto seat post and handlebars. High ten (heavy) steel frame, claw rear derailleur hanger. The Hiawatha is probably similar, but more like department store quality.

If the Puch is in pretty decent shape, $130 is a deal, even for low end, because it is a mixte.

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Can't comment on the mixte versions, but I have two diamond frame Puch bicycles from the 70's or 80's. One came with higher quality components than did the other, but both are very finely constructed in terms of workmanship. The "lower" speced bicycle was actually built in Japan.
I've got them set up as hybrids, one runs 27 inch alloy rims (original), the other came with tubular tires, which I've changed to Campy hubs and rims running 700 x 38 clinchers.
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There is a lady in our local bike club who rides a Puch mixte with a Chromoly frame. While not a high end bike, it also isn't cheaply built. She loves it and recently had LBS overhaul and update it. Well worth $125.

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I think Austrian bikes are cool, but I am admittedly biased, with two in my stable.
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Thanks! I do like the look of the Puch--the one I am considering looks just like the one above, only in burgundy red.
I'll see if I can take a look tomorrow, check out the rims etc.

Tonight now there is a Miyata mixte listed, also my size. I must be fated to have a mixte. I usually go for a long time without seeing a vintage bike in a smaller size and in my price range on CL and now there are three, all mixtes.
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Depending on condition, I would go for the Miyata.
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