Thursday, June 30, 2016

American and English Utility Bikes: Fourth of July Weekend

Fourth of July is approaching quickly-- just a couple of days away. To mark the event, I've taken out this 1947 Schwinn New World light roadster, a classic American utility road bike.

The New World is much lighter and quicker than the 1948 Raleigh Dawn, which is closer to a full roadster, with rod brakes and a chain case.

The two frames differ- with the New World being more relaxed, but also lighter, smoother, and more elegant. The Raleigh frame is large and robust by comparison.

I'll be riding this Schwinn all weekend- it's really lively after riding the Raleigh Dawn for several weeks.