Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year

Happy New Year from the Bike Shed. I am still working on the 1958 Raleigh Sports, but progress has been slow. The weather has been cold and I've been busy with other things. However, I still intend to finish up the 1958 Sports and make a really nice, period-correct rider out of it.

It's hard to believe the weather can change as much as it does. Here's a shot of the 1974 Raleigh Sports from July 2013.


It was pretty hot and right before a thunderstorm. Tonight it is well below freezing. In the summer, I think about how hot and humid it gets and wonder when the cooler weather will return. In the winter, I wonder how long until warmer weather will return. I suppose I can always just try to go skiing for now... 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Fall-Winter Bicycle Riding

 
One of the bigger challenges is squeezing in rides as the days become shorter. The month of December contains some of the shortest days of the year, and often involve darkness by 5 PM.










I worked an early day today and managed to squeeze in a ride on the New World. The weather has been all over the map, getting up to almost 70 degrees today. The Schwinn New World is a lively, lightweight bicycle with lots of character. The three speed conversion has turned out, so far, to be a great idea.