so it seems that i have a mixte build-up in the works, someday i’ll get back to the pre-war schwinn i swear!
anyhow, back to the subject at hand, a mixte build, what’s a mixte you ask? well the late Sheldon Brown explains it as such,
A style ofÂ lady’sÂ frame in which the “top tube” consists of a pair of small diameter tubes running more-or-less straight from the upper headÂ lug, past theÂ seat tube, and on to the rearÂ fork ends. A mixte frame thus has 3 sets of rear stays, instead of the usual two. A variant on the mixte uses a single, full sized top tube running from the upper head tube to the seat tube, but retains the middle set of stays. A lady’s type bike that lacks the middle pair of stays is not a mixte.
Mixte frames are stronger than conventional lady’s frames, particularly in resisting the tendency of the seat tube to get pushed backward in the middle when ridden by a heavy rider.
In French, “mixte” is pronounced “MEExt”, but normal U.S. bicycle industry pronunciation is “MIX-ty”.
so basically i’m building a really nice city girls bike 😉
this is how a simplified version of the parts list is shaping up:
this is going to be a long termer like the Schwinn, going to have it done by Spring of 2014 though, at least thats the plan 🙂