Monday, May 21, 2018

A Nice Evening

After many inches and several days of rain, we finally have had a nice, dry day here. I took the 1958 Raleigh Sports out for a ride. It's a little dusty from all the pollen, but that's no big deal.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

A Bonus Ride - Raleigh DL-1 Export Model

 Originally, this weekend was supposed to be very damp. The forecasts called for rain Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday. So it was a pleasant surprise when Saturday was mostly dry, and the rain held off entirely today. The result was that I was able to get in two, full-length rides this weekend.

Today's ride was on this early 1960s-era Raleigh DL-1 Export Model. If you have never ridden a rod brake roadster, it really is an experience that is unique. The slack frame angles, wide tires, and rod brake set up all contribute to a ride that is different from any other type of bicycle. This Export DL-1 is no exception.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Spring Weekend Ride - 1947 Schwinn New World

A cooler, nicer day today, at least before it rained in the evening. I love riding when it's just a little on the cool side - around 70-75 or so. I took a nice ride on this 1947 Schwinn New World. I took lots of detail photos of the interesting touches Schwinn put on this bike. The old French light set and North Star bell were my own additions.

Friday, May 4, 2018

1941 Schwinn New World - Warm Weather

Another warm day - 90+ and starting to get a bit more humid. We seem to have skipped from March weather to June weather in the course of 2 weeks. Maybe no spring this year... We shall see though.

I swapped a set of "AS&CO" Schwinn cranks onto the 1941 New World. I previously had a Schwinn cloverleaf set from the later 1940s, but this earlier set is perfect for a 1941 bike. This sprocket and crank set is exactly what I needed to bring this bike even further back to its original 1941 form.

I even found a correct, original Schwinn spindle and cup set from the early 1940s to complete this set up. The cranks are nice and straight, and everything is running smoothly. It's a great bike, even after 77 years.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Spring Rides: 1958 Raleigh Sports 4-Speed and lots of Pollen

This time of year is usually tough to ride if you have any issues, at all, with pollen. This particular year is worse than usual: we had a cold start to spring, but now it is warm and all of the plants are coming out at once.

Riding lately has meant being inundated with pollen - it covers the bike, covers you, gets into your nose, and gets into your eyes. My eyes actually start to burn about 15 minutes into my ride - pollen everywhere.

But that does not stop me - I still love riding. The last of the bikes to require its first ride of the seaons is this 1958 Raleigh Sports. It's a first-rate bike and probably one of the two nicest bikes I have in the collection.