Monday, October 14, 2019

Autumn Leaves and 1958 Raleigh 4-Speed Sports


The leaves in the White Memorial Foundation land are about at peak color these days. Many of the trees turn yellow in the fall, and they all seem to turn about the same time. We had a warm, sunny day today, so a good chance for a ride. The leaves really glow in the sunlight.


 This 1958 Raleigh Sports is a great rider and a very attractive vintage bike.







Sunday, October 13, 2019

Phillips Roadster - Trail Rides - Fall 2019


Beautiful day for a trail ride - 65 degrees and sunny. There's not much time left in the season here in western New England: the days are getting shorter and the weather is starting to turn colder. But with warm weather for a short while longer, this is a good time to ride.


I did a small tune-up on the Phillips this weekend, and then took a ride earlier today. The trail was very crowded, but that's to be expected with good weather in October. The Phillips draws a lot of attention on the trail, and the bike has withstood the test of time.


 One addition I did make earlier this week was a rubber tip on the Greenfield kickstand. The Greenfield stand is a black, aluminum stand that is compatible with this particular set of rod brakes. A Raleigh DL-1 type bicycle will require the ESGE Raleigh-model kickstand. But this Phillips has a little more space below the bottom bracket for a kickstand, so a Greenfield works. The Greenfield has a rather small tip, so it is a good idea to add a rubber foot to the stand. This particular rubber foot is specially designed for the Greenfield stand, and works nicely on the bike.



Saturday, October 5, 2019

Autumn 2019


The fall certainly is here. It's chilly and we have less daylight. But the weekends and the local trails still offer a chance to ride. I'll be riding right up until winter forces me to stop. Time to bundle up a bit is all...


Sunday, September 15, 2019

1930s Phillips 3-Speed - Farmington River Trail


Nice day for a ride here, though lots of walkers and joggers on the trail make the going a bit slow. This 1930s Phillips is a great bike for a leisurely, weekend ride.


Friday, September 13, 2019

Nice Fall Evenings


A little warmer and more humid for part of the week, but crisper, fall-like weather has returned. We're starting to get a little color on some of the trees now - not much, but it's starting. Fall comes a little earlier in New England than down south. And it's a good time to ride some class 3-speeds over the road here in Connecticut.

Riding over-the-road rather than on a repeating circuit or a track is challenging, but it is also rewarding. Even if it is a round-trip to a local park or lake a few miles away, it's always nice to go from Point A to Point B and back using the roads as they present themselves to you. I also enjoy riding on bike trails quite a lot, and I think to get the most of riding, it's good to mix road riding and bike trail riding to you take in a fair bit of each.