Prior to having the frame powder coated I widened the rear triangle using the cold set process described on Sheldon Brown's website. I also removed the pump pegs and the paint because initially I thought I might paint the frame myself. I purchased new 700c alloy wheels. The rear wheel has a new Shimano Hyperglide hub allowing me to use a 9 speed cassette.
|The Mixte's straight diagonal line is accentuated in its bare state.|
I chose a 11-32 cassette and a Shimano Deore long cage rear derailleur.
I really love the look of the Stronglight crankset from the UO8 so I installed them on the Mixtie as well as the Sugino bottom bracket. The chainrings on the crankset are 52/42 which is why I chose a cassette with a 32 tooth sprocket. If that doesn't make any sense to you check out my post about gear inches
I purchased an old Huret front derailleur off of E-bay because I wanted to fit the uncommon 28mm diameter(old French sizing) of the seat tube exactly. I could have shimmed the clamp but I was afraid it would slip at some inopportune moment. I also could have used the original Simplex front derailleur but I didn't like the plastic clamp.
The pedals are the original Lyotard pedals that came from the Mixtie after I cleaned them up and re-greased them.
These are the original Mafac brakes with Kool Stop brake pads, 35 mm Panaracer tires, and the original tubes.
Velo Orange Metallic braided brake cables/housing and Alligator braided cables/housing look nice with the sky blue paint color. Outlining the lugs is easy with a paint pen.
The original head badge peeled off easily before the frame was powder coated allowing me to reuse it.
The Soma mustache handlebars are covered with foam pads and cork tape. At first I shellacked the cork tape which was finished with twine but the cork felt too slick. I replaced the cork tape and finished it with some rawhide pieces I had lying around. The Mafac brake levers are from the UO8 with Cane Creek hoods that I cut to fit. Because Peugeot didn't install any braze ons for water bottle cages I used a cage mount designed for the frame or stem. The basket is a modified Wald 137, its nice to use a product that is still made in the USA.
Once I decided to change the handle bars the stem also had to be changed due to the 25mm handle bar clamp found on older French bikes. I chose the Periscopa by Nitto for its tall stem angle and the ability to raise the handlebars quite high
|Nitto FU 82 or Periscopa|
In addition to the Wald basket I added a Wald rear rack, mostly to support the saddle bag, which is probably 20 or more years old. It was nice to put the old thing to use.
Note the Greenfield kickstand another lovely American made product, its light weight aluminum replacing the old heavy original steel kickstand. The barend shifters provide indexed shifting in the rear and friction shifting in the front. The saddle is a Model 8 from Velo Orange which is leather sprung and 205mm wide in the seat bone region.
I will probably add some Velo Orange Hammered aluminum fenders at some point.