Thursday, May 26, 2011
My new-to-me bike
Isn't she beautiful?
This is my new 1973 Raleigh Superbe bike! I was on the lookout for a new bike after I sold my lovely CCM Catalina and this one popped up on kijiji! I went to see it and it was in such amazing condition that I couldn't walk away. I think it was kept in someone's basement for many, many years. The saddle/seat has no wear or creases so I think my bum is the first to grace it with its presence!
The Superbe was the top-of-the-line Raleigh for many years and had all the luxury gear - standard bike rack in matching paint, and a dynohub - the bike lights are powered by your pedalling and, unlike the bottle generator which goes against the wheel - you don't feel any drag. Apparently. The only slight disappointment with this bike is that this one didn't come with a leather saddle - just the vinyl mattress type.
So far riding her has been really easy - no problems and a very upright riding position. I feel as though I am sitting on a (plush, sprung) dining chair. Very English Schoolmarm.
I plan on doing a few cosmetic updates pretty soon - cream tyres, a new honey coloured leather Brooks saddle, and matching cork hand grips.
I think it's safe to say I have the vintage bike bug (I'm even learning how to fix them up a bit!) and I have another one on the way. Stay tuned!