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I found a MIXTE and yes it is a Bianchi

Old 06-10-11, 11:35 AM
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I found a MIXTE and yes it is a Bianchi

I really should not have bought this right now, but as you all know I have been looking about for a Mixte for sometime. I had decided to just buy a Soma and be done with it but, I wanted a Mixte for a city/ errand bike and not a performance bike. having purchased the Motobecane Uno for that purpose and having a Volpe festooned with racks and a rack on my MTB bike I decide it was silly to spend so much for a another errand bike.

I somehow stumbled across this proud old Gal and rescued her from the Tarheel amid several emails and phonecalls. this is after returning from the bikewash



it is a Sport/D28- 5 Velo Positron. the construction is lugged of unknown steel but it does fly the 'Made in Italy' flag decal at the bottom of the ST.




with the (I assume factory) fenders and brazeon generator mount, with rear stay mounted lock and chain guard (not pictured) it was a European model. the Bianchi decals like that came into use in the US in '83 but there is no mention of Positron in the catalogs. this could have been brought in by a dealer not yet in the Bianchi USA network or it couls have been brought over as personal property from someone. whatever the case I am glad it was put up for sale.

OK back to more detail as stated the drivetrain is 5 spd Positron, cottered cranks and bolt on wheels with alloy hubs and nice Ambrosio rims.



the bars, as well as the stem, appear to be nice quality ITM dove style which had been covered in several layers of what appeared to be medical adhesive tape.



the lock on the rear is very simple and will deter an amatuer or joyrider but would be no match for an ax weilding theif bent on cutting down a tree to steel bike. (see mechanics forum)

I still have alot of cleaning to do, but a quick trip to the bikewash and lots of simplegreen took care of the big stuff. and also one of the wonderful Ambrosio rim decals

also I having some difficulty getting it into the workstand. the seatpost is too short for the clamp to fit between the seat and frame and the clamp will not fit into the rear triangle. it seems my first action is to find a nice long 25.6 alloy post.
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i saw one on toronto craigslist a while ago:

https://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/bik/2429171458.html

I saw this bike listed for 200 and it got sold quick, so i'm pretty sure this person bought the bike for 200 and just reposted it for 400 without doing any work.



it's nice but the frame is not as nice as yours, i like how your top tube bends when it gets near the seatpost tube, it's really kool
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Originally Posted by mapleleafs-13 View Post
it's nice but the frame is not as nice as yours, i like how your top tube bends when it gets near the seatpost tube, it's really kool
Thanks. the bend in the top tubes is why a jumped on it (no pun), while some my argue it is not a true Mixte, it looks way easy to get on with a shopping bag or two. with a shop packing, shipping and tiping the seller an extra $15 for putting up a week of back and forth emails and dropping the bike off I am still under 200.
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Cool bike! I also like the weird bent TTs. I'll be waiting for the pics of it built up(anytime soon?).
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Thanks. the bend in the top tubes is why a jumped on it (no pun), while some my argue it is not a true Mixte, it looks way easy to get on with a shopping bag or two. with a shop packing, shipping and tiping the seller an extra $15 for putting up a week of back and forth emails and dropping the bike off I am still under 200.
Nice! If all else fails, you can sell it to someone in Madison, WI for 2-3x what you paid for it.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
Thanks. the bend in the top tubes is why a jumped on it (no pun), while some my argue it is not a true Mixte, it looks way easy to get on with a shopping bag or two. with a shop packing, shipping and tiping the seller an extra $15 for putting up a week of back and forth emails and dropping the bike off I am still under 200.
The twin top tube bars are continuous, and thus take the stress all the way back to the stays. So, while it may be different (bending before the seat tube and terminating at the seat stays), its still a mixte.
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I really meant this question earnestly: is there a bike wash where you live?
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I really meant this question earnestly: is there a bike wash where you live?

No not actually, alot of folks here cringe at the thought of going to the carwash, but that is the easiset way for me to quickly get the heavy dirt and grease off. lots of simplegreen and brush with long bristles (actually a bottle brush workes great) and viola a nice clean bike.
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that is really cool. Very unique.
Love the crank.
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Originally Posted by 3speed View Post
Cool bike! I also like the weird bent TTs. I'll be waiting for the pics of it built up(anytime soon?).

Nice! If all else fails, you can sell it to someone in Madison, WI for 2-3x what you paid for it.
I could likely sell it faster in Philly. for now I plan to leave it mostly stock, asuming the Positron works. my only real plan for now is different bars, and rear rack. it came with a very cheap plestcher type chrome one but I have nice alloy rack to put on instead. maybe new tires
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Nice bike! I really love the way it curves.
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...had been covered in several layers of what appeared to be medical adhesive tape.
Maybe shellacked cloth tape? Could be dedicated bar tape, or could even be hockey stick tape. Very old school and IMO quite complimentary for those bars.
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Originally Posted by canyoneagle View Post
that is really cool. Very unique.
Love the crank.
thanks

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Nice bike! I really love the way it curves.
thank you

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Maybe shellacked cloth tape? Could be dedicated bar tape, or could even be hockey stick tape. Very old school and IMO quite complimentary for those bars.
I don't think so, it certainly wasn't cloth bartape. it was very thin and left tomes of sticky adhesive residue behind.
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its a mixte - its awesome - and now I WANT ONE...

-jealous in jersey
enjoy! (PM me if you want to sell it...no kidding )
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
also I having some difficulty getting it into the workstand. the seatpost is too short for the clamp to fit between the seat and frame and the clamp will not fit into the rear triangle. it seems my first action is to find a nice long 25.6 alloy post.
I hang miy wife's mixte in the stand upside down with the clamp on the downtube.

IGH it!
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Very nice bike! I like the unique design. Good luck with the restore.

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Very Euro looking! And the weirdest braze-on thingies ever...
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I can't believe no one's said it.

This bike belongs with you. It was meant to be.

Simply a great find and a great bike, and it's in the right hands.

I'm really glad you have it.
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I knew you'd find the right one eventually. I really like that cream and blue color scheme...very nice, indeed. Congrats.
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I love the unusual twin-tube bends, and those bars! It's a shame the front fender is missing, that back fender looks like it was part of a nice-looking pair at one time. Or was it just left off for the picture? What size is the bike?
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thanks everyone for your wonderful comments

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I love the unusual twin-tube bends, and those bars! It's a shame the front fender is missing, that back fender looks like it was part of a nice-looking pair at one time. Or was it just left off for the picture? What size is the bike?
OH I have the front fender it is just off for cleaning there is also a chainguard but I may replace it with something a bit nicer.
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are u gonna change the handlebars, they look funky
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Very unusual mixte. I've never seen one with that sort of tube configuration before.

My wife has a mixte raleigh, the first bike she bought with her first wage at 16 ---harrumph----years ago!

Used to tour on it and I always marvelled at how much it flexed! She still uses it occasionally (though now has a custom built Roberts) and still loves it.
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Very unusual mixte. I've never seen one with that sort of tube configuration before.
I once had a Legnano that was similar:





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Hello Everyone. thanks again for the great comments. the unusual frame is the reason I bought it even though I should not be spending money on bikes right now.

Mapleleafs; yes I am changing the bars but not strictly because they look funky, I need something a bit wider and will likely go with a North Road (or is North American?) style bar. I started to take the fork and other parts off the front end but I think work will be delayed for a few weeks and possibly a month.

I have great news. my medical case, for my knee injury, finaly got resolved. so now I am not only going back to work this week, if all goes well I should get "scoped" on friday. a few weeks of therapy and, hopefully, I will be cruising around on my MTB by the end of July.
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Sweet find, the bend in the tubes makes it an easier step through.

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