Sunday, August 28, 2016

1978 Raleigh DL-1 Tourist on the Farmington River Trail

Another day, another set of repairs, and another bike trail. This time involved a tune up of a 1978 Raleigh DL-1. I bought this bicycle for around $100 on a classified between 12 and 13 years ago.

Eventually I shipped the bicycle to my family's home and it has remained there since. Today I re-greased the bearings, changed the tubes and tires, changed the shifter cable and housing, and put on an older, better shifter.

I then took the bike to the Farmington River Bicycle trail. It performed well. The Farmington River Trail in Collinsville, Conn. is an outstanding place to visit for a ride. The pavement is smooth and new, and the trail is quite flat. There are no serious hills and there is plenty of parking if you bring the bicycle by car.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Mt. Vernon Bike Trail

A visit to the Mt. Vernon trail with a 1946 Hercules. This bike is 70 years old this month.

This is a relatively nice trail that is pretty flat. The pavement and some of the wooden bridges have gotten a bit rough, but it's still a decent riding trail. You don't have to be a powerful cyclist to ride the trail, but do pay attention to pedestrians and narrow spots.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Losing Daylight

 This is the time of year where we start losing daylight, or at least start noticing in earnest that we are losing it. It is now dark here about 8:00-8:15 in the evening, so I can still get my post-work ride in, but there is not a lot of room to spare. The weather is reasonably good, and the Schwinn World Traveler is performing well.

 I'm definitely starting to get some use of the old Miller electrical system.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Better Weather

This was the first truly 'cool' evening in around a month. We have had a great deal of hot, humid weather lately. It was a very nice evening for a ride, and the 1954 Schwinn 3 speed did not disappoint.

The contrast with the Hercules Model C from Saturday night is pretty marked, despite both being 3 speed bikes. The Hercules rights almost completely upright. It's a bit like taking a walk. The Schwinn has a bit more zip to it, but is still a comfortable ride.

 The Miller generator set is a nice period piece, but it's pretty anemic and inefficient. It works well enough "to be seen" by motorists, but if you really want to see well in the dark, you need to upgrade to a more modern light set. But on this bike, I have the Miller set for now and it does OK when I can still see the road, but want something a little stronger than a reflector to ensure that motorists see me.

The all the original brightwork metal on this bike doesn't hurt either.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Brooks Honey versus Brooks Brown

For those of you considering a new Brooks saddle, here is a look at two of the common colors, brown and honey. Obviously the new black is dark, black. Here is a look at brown and honey. The honey is the light color, but hopefully these pictures will give you some idea of what they look like.

The brown is a nice, mahogany color.