Mrs B is ready for test miles and rides .
Since acquiring the pair of Bromwich bikes which have spent their whole life together I have carried out the following work on the ladies mixte bike: cleaned and re greased the bottom bracket , headset and front wheel bearings , replaced all the brake and gear inner and outer cables and swapped the original 27 x 1 “1/4 tyres for a pr of more useable ones .
So far a couple of short test rides around the cul de sac have been completed so will start doing a few longer loops around the local estate roads and if all goes ok will use it a few times on my daily commutes .
I have always thought that Ladies mixte style frames have a certain quaint look about them compared to the more common ladies loop frames that you see around . And strangely enough I think they look better with flat or swept back bars rather than drop bars .
This one has a very nice and simple set up ie only 5 speed , steel wheels with the rear hub being a flip flop item, crank but does have alloy bars , stem and seat pin . The paintwork has quite a bit of age related patina but nothing nasty at all, some of the decals have suffered over the years but they are there . The green is a nice bright shade and certainly stands out from the crowd of normal colours you see .
There is a certain style to the twin bars that run between the headstock and seat tube and on to the rear drop outs , from the exit points on the headstock lug and the support lugs where they pass either side of the seat tube . I often wonder if this makes a mixte frame more stable compared to a conventional ladies frame , I understand the’re not as strong as a gents frame with a conventional cross bar .
I am also surprised that you don’t see more of them being used by cyclist’s of either sex who suffer with getting there leg over a conventional cross bar down to either medical or age related issues . The main reason I don’t use them is that they are quite a bit shorter in reach than a man’s bike and when fitted with a longer stem to increase the reach they seem to lose some of their chic look to me , which is a shame .
My local bike shop mechanic always tells me that the mixte design enables a sack of potatoes to be rested on the two tubes !!! Not sure how true that actually is and can you imagine riding a bike with an extra 25kg rested on the frame that low down !!