mother retired this year after 25 years at the same company. She
also turned 70. To celebrate these major milestones, my wife and
I thought we'd get her a new bicycle. We considered buying her a
brand new one, but we knew a new bike would never really replace
her beloved mid-sixties Peugeot mixte, the bike she has ridden for
more than forty years. Unfortunately, the Peugeot is now in poor
shape, though mom remains devoted to it, and who can blame her?
It's a true classic. Few parts are available for it though, so rather
than rebuild the Peugeot, I purchased instead a late seventies/early
eighties Univega mixte from Craigslist, for about $150 (see first
picture), and proceeded to recreate for mom her classic mixte, with
at D and D Cycles in San Lorenzo, California, repainted the frame
and Blackburn touring rack a British racing green, a color chosen
by my wife. We liked Rick's suggestion of painting the head tube
a creamy white and outlining its lugs in gold, so we went with that,
and when we had the local sign shop make name decals for the down
tube we had them match that cream and gold color combination.
several months, I rebuilt the bike with mostly new parts from various
suppliers. From Harris Cyclery I got new 27 inches wheels with Pasela
Tourgaurds.Ê Rivendell Bicycle Works supplied the Nitto Periscopa,
Albatross bars, Silver Shifters, Shimano reverse derailleur, cork
grips, Japanese bell, Sigg aluminum waterbottle, and Pletscher kickstand.
Velo Orange furnished the Brooks Flyer, Spanninga RetroLED, waterbottle
cage, and blinky. Loose Screws provided the MKS touring pedals,
Sugino chainrings, and lots of other small parts. Finally, Woody's
Custom Cycling Fenders contributed a nice set of Walnut with Lacewood
and Wenge striped fenders. I kept the original Dia-Compe center-pull
brakes, brake levers, and Suntour front derailleur. The cranks I
recycled from a mid-eighties Bridgestone. I owe particular thanks
to Wimmer's Ultimate Bicycles in Logan, Utah, which provided some
much needed help with the installation of the new headset.
little guy in the last picture is "Racer," a four year
old Italian Greyhound my wife and I adopted last summer from Italian
Greyhound Rescue of Northern California. Not much of a poser Ð here
he is eyeing the neighbor's cat, and ignoring me.
happy with the results of my "mixte redux." The bike's
got classic mixte good looks, updated with many fine accessories,
and it rides very smoothly. Its going to look great next to the
Christmas tree and, most importantly, I hope my mom gets many years
of joy riding it.
for the great site and all the inspiration.