A ride on a Clubman: A member “post”

vdjl3ahSociety of Three Speeds member Gary B. in the Twin Cities wrote up a ride report of a ride on the Cannon Valley Trail in Minnesota. This ride was on his new-to-him 1949 Raleigh Clubman. Via Bikeforums:

Sunday morning was a special treat; I drove down to Cannon Falls to ride the Cannon Valley Trail. Starting in Cannon Falls rather than Redwing gave me the opportunity to begin and end my ride at Nick’s Downtown Diner. I got my favorite table, right by the window, where I could see my bike locked up outside…”The Bomber” chili-cheese omelet was perfect fuel for the longish ride ahead.

After breakfast, I headed out on the trail. The green tag on the stem is what you get when you pay the user fee – $5 for the day, or $25 for the season…I hit the trail with my 70 year-old steed, and cranked it up to warp speed…and ended the ride at the same table in Nick’s Diner.

That was a thoroughly enjoyable Sunday ride. I’m going to do it again once the leaves start turning.

For more pics, go here.

Discoveries: Ride Internal Blog, plus Raleigh Clubmans!

Hello, friends of Three Speeds! It always excites me when I find a new (to me) blog or website about three speeds and the like, since there are so few. So, here’s one that I just recently discovered on tumblr: Ride Internal. The tag line is, “a┬ácelebration of Sturmey-Archer internally geared hubs & other bits.” They’ve been curating a fine tumblr stream of that! So check it out if you need some lovely eye candy.

Also, I recently discovered a great blog post from On The Drops detailing the history of the Raleigh Clubman 1946-51. It’s worth a look-see, if you are interested in vintage British lightweight cycles. Hell, check it out even if you ain’t!