Brandi and I took the Mixte down to City Island and made a few laps around the bike path to shake out any mechanical problems.
Everything appears to work, but Brandi had a few complaints.
- Handlebars too low — my hands hurt
- Seat too hard — my butt hurts
- Downtube shifters hard to reach — they suck
I’ve already taken steps to fix #2. I had to order a “seat sandwich” to get the B.72 to work with the micro-adjusting seat post. I also placed an order with Rivendell today, mainly for stuff for me, but I also got a Nitto Technomic long-ass stem for her, which should bring the bars up a few inches.
I think I’m going to get different handlebars, grips, and shifters. To fix #1 and #3. I was going to go with Albatross bars, but I think they may sweep back too much, so we’re going to give the Nitto Promenade bars a try (thanks for the recommendation, Jim), probably with thumbshifters. The only fly in the ointment is that the downtube shifters are clamp-ons, so I’ll have to rig up some sort of clamp-on cable stops.