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Old 03-16-08, 08:45 AM
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Mixte touring bike?

I've been in the touring scene since the early 80s. My Expedition is long gone and my trusty old converted MTB has thousands and thousands of miles on it. It really isn't ready to retire yet. However, I have been toying with the idea of building a new bike.

I find myself at a point where I have a few choices (and there are MANY excellent choices).

For some reason, I am increasingly curious about the Mixte frames. Does anyone here tour on one? Got pics??

I did some searching in this forum and really didn't find much. The Mixte frame doesn't seem to be very popular in the US. It also doesn't seem to be real popular as a fully loaded rig, yet I can't really figure out why.

Although I have cat-like reflexes, I have snagged a toe on something on my bike trying to hike a leg, and gone down hard.

Hence the curiosity of the Mixte.

What do you think?

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Old 03-16-08, 09:31 AM
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I don't know how seriously you are looking or where you are, but I noticed the following craigslist add for what looks like an 86 or 87 Miyata Two-Ten mixte touring bike:

https://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/bik/606992155.html

(I thought about getting it but it would be too small for me and too big for my kids for several more years.) You can read about the bike in the catalogs T-Mar posted at https://miyatacatalogs.com and pm him for any additional details.
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Old 03-16-08, 01:14 PM
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I think that it might come down to frame flex and load distribution. I like mixte partly because the flex gives a plush ride in town. I would worry about the effect of load distribution. The other aspect is that headwinds can be a problem and you are perched up there like a sail....let us know how it works!
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Old 03-17-08, 03:06 PM
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My ex did 2000 miles on one 2 summers ago, and loved it, but maybe wouldn't do it again on that particular bike.

Riding a 20-30 year old motobecane, she had a bit of a problem with frame flex (wobble) on speedy downhills. This might have been a result of the frame being too light (not tour specific but fully loaded front and back) or old freewheel rear wheel not running quite right, or something else.

Also, she traded out the original double (which most seem to have) for a mountain triple.

Having said that, I wouldn't hesitate to do it if you could find a bike that fit you well. I'd use an old frame but cold set it to take a modern 130 freehub and use modern wheels.

Rivendell likes the mixte, if that means anything to you.

Custom guys around here are building mixtes with cantis with some regularity although I think centerpulls are adequate unless you're particularly heavy and carrying a ton. I'm sure others would differ on this point.

um, what else?
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I cannot for the life of me recall the name of the English lady that retired from being headmistress to a 'round the world tour...I think that she did the first half on a mixte. I am sure that it can be done, but I would want some careful experimenting with loading. Speed wobbles on a fully loaded bike are not at all funny. When you have a real load on and have just doddered your way to the top of a mountain it might be nice not to have to swing your leg half way to the moon to get off.
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Originally Posted by fsor
I cannot for the life of me recall the name of the English lady .
sorry! Anne Musgrave

more grit and charm than I ever imagined
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Thorn Raven comes in a mixte frame
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