Monday, March 30, 2009

The Misunderstood Mixte

It's been a while since our last post. Mostly due to brain death. I've been glancing around the shop at some of the frames hanging from above. There are a number of real beauties there. The ones that get the least respect and for the life of me I don't know why, are the Mixte frames. Many folks look at them and see the typical step through. Lot's of folks, even ladies, don't seem to get turned on by Mixte's. People will pick up a ladies hybrid or some Internet bike, like a Windsor or Mercier.

Mercier Kilo TT, what a terrible little beast. I spotted the one above on Milwaukee Ave. Look at how many spacers are in the headset. What's with the one size fits all forks? I don't have photos but the ball bearing wheel hubs were reminiscent of, dare I say, Magna? I'm pretty sure the owner did their research and looked around at various shops, before they settled on the Kilo. How in the world does this happen? Is it the belief that new is better? Gleaming chrome spacers are at least not rusty? Is it possible someone told them, bearings don't really matter that much as long as they are new?

So it is now, that I'm dreaming of celebrating the "fabulous Mixte".

The Mixte is most easily identified for it's 3 rear stays. If you're looking for stability, what more could you ask for? A heavier person would benefit greatly from such a strong setup. As would anyone looking to pull a trailer. They make fabulous commuters for both men and women. They can be mounted easily, for those wearing suits or skirts. They can easily accommodate most racks, bags, baskets, and so forth.
They also look pretty damn classy

Keep your eyes peeled, I think you're going to look at these in a whole new light.

1 comment:

  1. This is completely moronic. Poking fun at the Kilo when you don't know the rider.

    This blog absolutely sucks.