Well, it looks like the mixte has grown up. ‘Mixte’ is a direct appropriation of the French word meaning ‘mixed’ or ‘unisex’: despite the fact that it shares the same form as a ladies step-through frame, a discerning man about town may ride one without a question (albeit ignorant) about his masculinity.
Mixtes have never gained entry into a gentleman’s realm of de rigueur urban transport, although why is beyond me. Once again, it has required the highly evolved nose for design of the Dutch to realize the mixte’s potential. A pair of H Plus Son deep dish rims combine with the sculptural lines of the frame to provide a striking silhouette which tapers off to a pair of bullhorn bars. The sheen of polished aluminum is reflected by a fine example of drillium around the chain ring, which provides drive to a coaster hub in the rear. Could this be the black roll-neck wearing Volvo XC90 of the bicycle world?