Nola shares the joys of riding classy three speeds here in Portland!
Today’s golden sunrise gave impetus to my desire for a leisurely ride to work on my 1950 Raleigh Sports Tourist. Since it was a Saturday, the commute would be less stressful, with fewer high speed competitive riders about. In fact, maybe the commute would be…relaxing!
It was a wonderful promise-of-spring day, cool but dry, and very welcome after weeks of bad weather. This Raleigh is one of the first bikes I purchased as I was beginning my bike restoration business. It’s a Raleigh Sports Tourist “C” model, and weighing in at around 45 lbs., it is a bike I reserve for special occasions. Since I live in a hilly neighborhood, riding this bike requires a certain mental preparation before I am ready to conquer the steep inclines awaiting me. Fortunately, even though the bike is geared very high (I have left it all original and haven’t changed the gearing –…
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