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May 23, 2012

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What to Do With All These Mixties?

Here in Pittsburgh, PA, the vintage market is flooded with Mixte's and many of us who find, restore, and connect people to beautiful bikes are wondering what to do with all of these wonderful bikes that no one seems to want to own or ride. For instance, vintage cruisers, commuters, and kids bikes have a huge disparity between a mixte or step thru design and a diamond frame design. Have a Schwinn Stingray boy bike- in great condition you can fetch 700-1000 dollars here in Pittsburgh. Have a girls Stingray of equal condition- you might get 150 for it. Same goes for vintage commuters, cruisers and town bikes. I am presently sitting on a 1980 Raleigh Record Mixte, and a Ross Compact Cruiser. The bikes are beautiful but they are seen, here in our city, as "girls" bikes which translates into a bike that is less popular and less desirable and of less value than a boys bike.

It is exciting to see what companies like Public, Specialized, Jamis, and Diamond Back are doing to change things for the Mixte. In fact, the Unisex Step Thru, because it is ridden on rails to trails, and purchased by rental companies, are pretty sought after by folks over 50 here in the Burgh.

Presently, some of us in the restoration community, are trying to figure out how to either make the mite more masculine or make the bike world more friendly to what seems like a more feminine design that we presently call the Mixte.

Jay Slocum 334 days ago

Mixte Market

In cold countries where everyone wears long coats in winter, mixtes are particularly appropriate. And it's nice not having to do the dog-lift when dismounting in a busy public space. I don't have a mixte myself, but I have a Brompton, whose very low top tube offers similar benefits.

Richard Risemberg more than 1 year ago

Follis Mixte

My first grown-up bike was a Follis mixte. I loved that bike! It was stolen in the 1980s in Hollywood. The company has since gone out of business. Every once in a while I will see one on eBay, but my mechanic says it would be a pain to work on. I did buy another vintage mixte, but it wasn't the same, so I sold it.

Michele Chavez more than 1 year ago