town&countrybiker


The Raleigh 20 has a new bag
May 30, 2009, 2:34 pm
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I went out on my customary garage sale forage this Saturday morning, and I have to say it was quite a success. I was able to score a ton of Craftsman tools- vintage even for a whopping total of US$14!.

I was also able to get most of a Thule rack for a very reasonable price.

At the final sale, I found a little bag that looked like it would fit perfectly on the little Pletscher rack on the back of my 20. As you can see from the pic, it seems to work.

20 with bag

20 with bag

20 with bag
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The Weather is Cutting into My Biking
May 28, 2009, 7:26 pm
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Today is yet another day in a string of days where it is extremely gloomy and cool. We are supposed to be at 65 degrees, but reality is that 55 is more the air temp. Certainly not that cold, but not as conducive to cycling as a 60 degree day.

Nonetheless, the lack of biking is having a negative effect on my psyche. I decided to head to the library over lunch to return some books. A sidetrack- they had the brand new USA Records retrospective CD, so I will be blasting the Chitown 66 garage sounds a bit later…

Anyway, getting on the Brooks and pedaling even a few miles after a light workout at the gym did wonders for me. It made the tomato and fake turkey sandwich with noodle soup lunch all the more worthy. I willl see what I can do about getting some more riding in.



May 26, 2009, 8:58 pm
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Tour down the North Shore

Being a bit behind, due to the extended weekend and related gardening chores, it has taken me a while to get this written up.

Last Thursday, I took the root beer bike on the Metra North Line down to the Rogers Park stop. I then headed to Chef’s house, where the ride began.

We headed west a bit south of Touhy to catch the River Trail that heads north into Evanston. It was the warmest day of the year so far, well into the 80s in the direct sun., as we headed North, basically following McCormick, it seemed to heat up and required a couple of ice tea stops.

As I got warmed up, I suggested to Chef that I was interested in riding home on the Green Bay Trail, instead of circling back to his house. Once we got to Green Bay Road, we went under the Metra North Line tracks and headed north on the first street east of the tracks. About 3 or 4 blocks brought us to Wilmette, where we grabbed the Green Bay Trail. Chef peeled off at Hubbard Woods, but I made it all the way back home.

My first trip from Chicago to home for the year! About 25 or 30 miles, total, not bad.



May 26, 2009, 8:58 pm
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the 20 out on a mission

Here is an action shot of me riding the Raleigh 20 at 8-10 MPH along the North Shore Path. I needed to take my old car in for service today, so I thought what a better way than to take my old folder home instead of bumming a ride off of someone.

I noticed on this more extended riding session that the index chain was not fully engaging all three gears in the hub. When I got home, I spent about 3 minutes (including test rides) and it now seems more accurate in grabbing all 3 gears.

I made the 6-7 mile journey home in 40 minutes, which includes a pretty substantial hill that is somewhat challenging on 20 inch wheels.



May 26, 2009, 8:57 pm
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Another morning ride

I was able to get out to take a ride between calls this morning. I decided to head north along the Lake.

I ended up in Lake Bluff and headed to their beach. I stopped at the top of the bluff and as I parked my bike, noticed a large bird- a very large hawk, take off from a tree below on the 80+ foot bluff.

I sat back and had some iced tea and an apple. Afterward, I went down the very steep road to the beach level. I found a bench and enjoyed both the sun and the lack of people.



May 26, 2009, 8:56 pm
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Monday, May 18, 2009

R 20 back in the sunlight

I got the Raleigh 20 out of storage for some hopeful multi modal transport in the near future. I used some Turtle Wax chrome cleaner to clean up the cranks, mudguards, handlebars and other chrome hardware.

I bought this bike last year and resurrected it, by adding new tubes, Schwalbe tires, a new integrated seat post and an MTB saddle that I had in the parts bin.

It is complete and even has the original pump but, some idiot brush painted the frame, so I have spent quite a bit of time trying to get to the original Raleigh Brit Racing green paint, but have not had total success. Some neighbor said that it has “patina.”



Mid Morning Ride
May 26, 2009, 8:48 pm
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Thursday, May 14, 2009

See the Root Beer Bike in repose after a mid morning ride along Lake Michigan. I stopped at the Park at Ft. Sheridan for a scone and a Bartlett pear. The trunk bag and rack combo worked perfectly.

It was in the 60s but the sun was very nice. I saw exactly 2 people. Must have been some interested TV viewing or something to keep the people away.