It’s been hinted about. It’s been planned. Now it’s here.
Yesterday, I went and picked up my latest bicycle. It’s a 1980s-era Raleigh frame and a mix of old and new parts. It is my first single-speed bike, and my first minimalist bike. I don’t intend to add a rack or fenders.
Vic’s Classic Bikes built this one for me. I need to ride it for a while to see if the current gear ratio is where it needs to be. I hope to ride the Harvest Homecoming ride on this bike, even if it means walking up the hills.
This bike is not set up as a fixed-gear. It does have a flip-flop hub, but I’m not planning on riding fixed.
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Very very nice.
IT LOOKS AMAZING! Oh my gosh, a true beauty. Hope to see it in person!
Nice indeed, sadly Raleigh are no longer dominant here in the UK as they used to be,I think everyone had a Raleigh when we grew up, much more choice on the US Raleigh website than in the UK. enjoy it
Beautiful! Really looking forward to your comments on single-speeding.
I put about 75 miles on it over the weekend, and rode it to work today (with a backpack). I’m really liking it.
I *almost* want to put some red anodized fenders on it, and a rack, and make it my commuter. Then I remind myself to keep it simple. 🙂
It initially had a 46×18 drivetrain with 700×32 tires for 69 gear-inches, but Vic swapped out the rear cog for a 19 giving me 65.4 gear-inches.
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