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Who made a tall mixte, back in the day?

Old 12-02-10, 11:06 PM
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Who made a tall mixte, back in the day?

I'm planning my next project bike, and I want to base it upon a mixte frame from the '50s through the early-'70s (no later). I'd prefer something non-Asian, not too exotic (no Bulgarian-threaded BBs, please!), and it has to be lugged steel.

I know that Raleigh made mixtes in the sixties (and probably at other times that didn't rhyme), as did Peugeot and Motobecane -- the latter two seem to be the most commonly available -- but I'm hoping that some of you might have suggestions for other mixte-makers that I could consider.

The challenge is to find a mixte frame that will fit my frame; I'm 6'3". I've never seen a French mixte frame that was taller than 55cm, and I'd prefer something closer to 60cm. That (possibly) leaves Raleigh, and...?
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Schwinn Le Tour made taller mixtes for sure
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Originally Posted by Veloria
Schwinn Le Tour made taller mixtes for sure
Ah hah! Thanks Veloria, that sounds like a good lead since Schwinns were made in larger sizes.

I wonder how the frame of the Schwinn differs from the Raleigh or either the Peugeot or Motobecane. I'd like to find something with very relaxed geometry.

BTW, your Royal H mixte is probably the prettiest of the species that I've seen.
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Raleigh did make 23" frame mixties, either in the Record or the Grand Prix. I believe that the largest Schwinn ladies frame was 22". Never heard of anything larger than 23" in a mixtie frame.
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Alas, I just realized that the Schwinn has a single top tube, rather than the twin lateral stays that my project requires. But thank you for the suggestion anyway!
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Originally Posted by jacksbike
Raleigh did make 23" frame mixties, either in the Record or the Grand Prix...Never heard of anything larger than 23" in a mixtie frame.
Thanks, that's good to know. I guess 23" is 58cm? That's do-able for me, as long as I can fit a tall stem.
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Gazelle.

There was one on ebay a while back in a 56 or 58 cm frame that perfectly matched mine. I thought maybe if I'd buy it, I'd find a tall girlfriend to ride it.....


I missed the end of the auction.

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I have an old Peugeot mixte with at least a 24" tall seat tube. PM me if you are interested. headset, bb and cotter cranks included.
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Originally Posted by mack_turtle
I have an old Peugeot mixte with at least a 24" tall seat tube. PM me if you are interested. headset, bb and cotter cranks included.
Really? I'd be interested in seeing a pic of this mixte.
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Originally Posted by rch427
Alas, I just realized that the Schwinn has a single top tube, rather than the twin lateral stays that my project requires. But thank you for the suggestion anyway!
I thought there was an older model with twin stays, but I could be wrong.

Gazelle and Austro-Daimler definitely made large mixte frames, but those are not easy to find in the US.
I have also seen a very large Dawes mixte frame, but again not likely that you'll find one.
Raleigh definitely seems like your best bet.
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Originally Posted by Veloria
I thought there was an older model with twin stays, but I could be wrong.

Gazelle and Austro-Daimler definitely made large mixte frames, but those are not easy to find in the US.
I don't think Schwinn made twin tube mixtes. The LeTour II and Paramount mixtes are really good looking bikes, though. A BF member has a AD Vent Noir mixte in a bigger size. It's awesome.

Call me a pessimist, but a 50s-70s, twin tube mixte in a size to fit a 6'3" man comfortably isn't gonna happen. I'm 5'11" and typically ride 63cm road bikes. My 23" Raleigh Sports is only for short rides because it's really just too small.
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I had a 23" Mercier mixte which i sold on CL .

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i'm 6'2 and just road my 83 peugeot mixte for a 30 miler this morning - great fit - i dont have a measurement for ya but i would say that you can find something that'll work - fun to ride fo sho

edit: i love schwinns but would pass on the le tour because it lacks the twin tubes also
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Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd
I'm 5'11" and typically ride 63cm road bikes. My 23" Raleigh Sports is only for short rides because it's really just too small.
You must be all legs. I'm just shy of 6'3" and have been running around on a 60 cm bike. My Gazelle is approximately 61cm. I'm mostly torso though. On the 60cm I find myself wanting to spread out more, which I think will be remedied with a longer stem.

Back on topic, you can generally get someone in the Netherlands to ship you a frame for around $60.
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Originally Posted by 20grit
You must be all legs.
Pretty much.
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Jeunet, Mercian, Bob Jackson, Dawes and I am sure there are several more.


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Originally Posted by mack_turtle
I have an old Peugeot mixte with at least a 24" tall seat tube. PM me if you are interested. headset, bb and cotter cranks included.

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Originally Posted by wahoonc
Jeunet, Mercian, Bob Jackson, Dawes and I am sure there are several more.
Yes, but all of those are very hard to find!
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Originally Posted by mack_turtle
I have an old Peugeot mixte with at least a 24" tall seat tube. PM me if you are interested. headset, bb and cotter cranks included.
Hey mack_turtle -- I sent you a PM this morning; I'd love to hear back from you.

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by Veloria
Yes, but all of those are very hard to find!
Never know what will show up where. I have a Staiger Florida, it is a German Trekking bike, figured it was brought over by a military family and probably was the only one in the USA. Gave it to DD to use in Seattle, she sends a phone picture the other day of another Staiger she saw in Seattle, not sure which model. But AFAIK Staiger was never imported to the US.

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This has been on Chicago CL for months it seems.
https://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/bik/2094730014.html
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This has been on Chicago CL for months it seems.
https://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/bik/2094730014.html
Thanks for the heads-up!

I wrote him and he responded, but since he's prettied it up for selling as-is, and I only want the frameset, it won't work out. Oh well; it was worth a try.
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Originally Posted by mack_turtle
I have an old Peugeot mixte with at least a 24" tall seat tube. PM me if you are interested. headset, bb and cotter cranks included.
Pics or it didn't happen. I call BS.
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Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd
Pics or it didn't happen. I call BS.
He's sent me pics already, but we're double-checking on the actual dimensions.
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Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd
Pics or it didn't happen. I call BS.
+1 Double check that tape measure. The one in the appraisal forum is not a 24 inch frame.

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