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    my wife's taste in bikes i oppsite of mine. a mixte!! (learned a new word)

    she's hooked with bike commuting. i was researching a Surly Straggler 650b for her and she dropped this Mixte nugget on me. wow..a step thru bike.

    i get it. she can ride in a skirt. all sitting upright. going old-school.

    i'm all over it. we will buy a Mixte. anything to motivate a ride i am all in.

    i'm still buying her the Straggler for Christmas. shhhh!

    i love bike shopping more than car shopping..Mixte..i had to google it.
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    My wife wanted one of those french things too. I said, sure but you don't ride the one I bought you nor the one I built for you...
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbhammercycle View Post
    My wife wanted one of those french things too. I said, sure but you don't ride the one I bought you nor the one I built for you...
    Haha. That's awful.
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    I think mixtes are awesome! Without having any clue if your budget or style preference, Soma makes a mixte that has close to modern roadie geometry. If you go vintage, make sure you do your research, there are lots of (especially French ones) out there that are almost impossible to find specialty sized parts for.

    P.s. Mixtes are actually considered unisex despite the step through frame...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Davidfs View Post
    I think mixtes are awesome! Without having any clue if your budget or style preference, Soma makes a mixte that has close to modern roadie geometry. If you go vintage, make sure you do your research, there are lots of (especially French ones) out there that are almost impossible to find specialty sized parts for.

    P.s. Mixtes are actually considered unisex despite the step through frame...
    I'm going big since she's never spent serious coin on a bike. I like them. Test rode one and it was crazy stable.
    I like the Soma as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomchakabowwow View Post
    I'm going big since she's never spent serious coin on a bike. I like them. Test rode one and it was crazy stable.
    I like the Soma as well.
    Always worthwhile when the SO is interested in a bike to go big and spend well to make sure that a crappy bike isn't her reason for not riding if that winds up happening.

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    I had to google it too! As above though, if it gets your lady riding, go for it.

    Also as above though, I bought my lady one, she chose it, only been used a handful of times.... :-(
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    Me, too...

    My wife wanted a gramma's bike, a real step through, and of course I thought that was stupid and impractical.

    Then she rode a friend's Kona Roundabout... A decent compromise. We bought it from our friends. I put cross tires on it, and a new stem.

    When it was time to buy her another bike (one in California, one in Germany) we bought her a new Kona Coco. I installed Shimano hydraulics, a rack, a basket, and it's good.

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    my wife's taste in bikes i oppsite of mine. a mixte!! (learned a new word)

    I ordered the mixte. Her bike, her choice.

    I rode one my size and it was giddy fun. I didn't hate it at all. If I had more money I would have bought two. Something about that upright ride feels right. Casual and slow. And upright the messenger bag doesn't try to creep around my torso. The bike certainly fills a niche.

    She gets her bike in a while.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomchakabowwow View Post
    I ordered the mixte. Her bike, her choice.

    I rode one my size and it was giddy fun. I didn't hate it at all...
    Which one?

    My wife's Konas aren't bad to ride, but I'm used to a 29 hardtail (Cannondale or Cube), and the mixte bikes seem wobbly, and the bars are too narrow and pulled back too far. I don't like it.

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