Too busy at my day job means not much going on in the biking department for me. I've had to make the hard decision that given my current work and life circumstances, I can't really participate in the big Cascade Bike Club summer rides. There is just no way I can travel 4 days a week for work, get home for the weekend and then tell the family I'm off for a 50-70 mile ride on Saturday after I haven't seen them all week....
I have been doing some fun, smaller projects on the Raleigh Twenties. Check out the pics below!
Lovely Bicycle blog had been putting on their vintage bikes. I found the cork grips at Rivendell Cycle. They are the Portuguese cork handles that use real cork cut from the tree. They are really pretty with the grain intact. Three coats of Zinsser Shellac later and they become this gorgeous honey color, smooth yet compressible. They feel really nice in the hand. I know they are not "vintage stock" but they look great!!
So what else can I do to these beauties?? I'm still missing a small round rear reflector for the brown one. I'm thinking of taking a trip to Recycled Cycles soon to see if I can find one. The big job left for the green one (which is my wife's bike) is to get another B-66 saddle and a black Challenge saddle bag. Other than the color and the fenders, they'd be a complete matching set.
Now if I could just get the wife to ride the dang thing!! :-)