Re: [CR] Are Mixtes historically non sex specific?

(Example: Production Builders:Tonard)

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Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 16:48:34 -0400
From: "Eric Keller" <eekeller@psu.edu>
To: Tom Sanders <tom@orderandchaos.com>
Cc: Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: Re: [CR] Are Mixtes historically non sex specific?


The idea that mixtes were unisex was definitely was part of the marketing for mixtes in the '70s. Nowadays, it seems to me that a lot of hybrids made for men have a fairly low top tube. There are lots of mixtes being built by custom framebuilders, although more are in the Herse style than the double stay style that I think of when I see the term "mixte." Eric Keller Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, USA

On Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 4:15 PM, Tom Sanders <tom@orderandchaos.com> wrote:
> Billy David remarked that "mixtes are unisex not female specific".  I really
> perked up my ears at this.  I had not heard this said before.  I have
> wondered for years why more mildly physically handicapped folks are not
> riding these instead of recumbents.
>
> Is this idea of the non-sex nature of them historically true or is  it just
> Billy's and my own opinion?   It sure could open up new choices for folks
> who have trouble swing a leg up over the seat, etc.  Are any of our American
> One Person Shops that I love so much building a high quality Mixte?  Could
> there be a new market there?  I even like the looks of some I have seen.
> Most seem kind of junky, but I have see a few that were really great!  A
> couple of years ago a really exciting Paramount Mixte went through E-Bay for
> less than $500.in retrospect, I really wish I had made a move on it, but my
> ideas on them were just nascent at the time.
>
> I haven't owned one (and then it was my wife's) for 30 years.  How do folks
> find they ride and handle relative to a conventional bike?

>

> Tom Sanders

>

> Lansing, MI USA