Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Change of Plans

Despite my best efforts I just couldn't get my new height adjustable cantilever brakes to hit my 700c rim without rubbing the tire. This was very upsetting as I was really looking forward to mounting wider tires on my Takara touring bike. After much moping and whining I had a great idea. I made the decision to put the touring bike into hibernation. I removed the Albatross bars, Nito stem, and Brooks saddle from the Takara and mounted them on my wife's unused Univega Sportour mixte. She hasn't used it in a very long time and it was very unlikely that she was planning to ride it anytime soon. The Univega was originally equipped with 27" wheels but the 700c wheels and 38mm fit perfectly. The bike isn't ready to ride yet, I need to add some new brake pads and longer cables. I also plan to move my upgraded stem shifters over as well so I don't have to lean over too far to shift.

The Univega is a great bike. It's equipped with a complete Shimano 600 Arabesque group. I've always liked mixtes.

I'll be switching out the cloth tape when I change the brake cables. Maybe I'll actually get the tape and the saddle to match.

It's hard to tell from the photo but there is actually quite a bit of room between the tire and the chainstays.

Installing the rear rack is going to require some work. The metal stay that attaches the front center of the rack to the brake bridge is too short. I guess I'll have to buy a piece of metal and drill it to fit.

This is what severe drought will do to your grass.


  1. looks good so far.

  2. I have a '73 Peugeot mixte and I really love it. With full fenders, lights(generator), rake and pump it weighs about 28 pounds and is a joy to ride. I can ride fast enough to scare myself which admittedly isn't very fast. The only problem is it is too tall for me with the seat in the lowest position and I've fallen off twice just trying to get off. I figure that was a sign from the great bicycle rider in the sky to stay off it. If it wasn't for that it would be a strong contender for my Schwinn. I put 38mm on it and there is plenty of room.
    It sits on the back porch now collecting cat hair and rusting.

  3. The Univega is a fine choice until your wife takes it back. Tell us as this develops. Inquiring minds want to know!

  4. Sometimes obstacles force brilliance. This appears to be one example. I hope it fits you well, because that looks like a wonderful bike.

  5. Hey Myles,
    Univega, I have heard, is a great bike. I have never had a mixte and I love their looks. So, I will be looking for your updates/posts on this bike.

    Peace :)

  6. That's a lovely bike. Should be a lot of fun!