Yep, this stripped down frame is what remains of my Raleigh Wayfarer. No, nothing bad happened to it, no, I didn’t get into an accident. But it’s time to move on, and the Wayfarer is done.
What “killed” it isn’t one big thing, but maybe a dozen smaller deaths. The biggest issue is the paint. Despite it being repainted twice, the paint is in bad shape, scraping and flaking off. I did briefly think about getting it stripped and powdercoated. Hell, I was thinking about getting some braze ons added before the powdercoating, because why not? Heck, maybe canti bosses.
Then I realized how much effort and money that would be, all for a humble three speed frame. It would make it something it wasn’t, it would take it even further from the core British three speed that it started as. Now there’s nothing wrong with doing all these things if you really want to, but I didn’t want another major project like that, especially after getting a custom bike last year. Especially since there are plenty of good three speed candidates already out there.
So the bike has been stripped, the good stuff saved for other things or for sale.
And while I realize that a bike is an object, I do have some small twinges of guilt about its fate. I’ve had that bike for over five years, the longest run of my current bikes. I had some great fun with it. It did two Lake Pepin tours! It was the bike that kindled my love for three speeds, without it, there would be no Society of Three Speeds.
But I have to be pragmatic here. Now it’s time for what comes next.