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Vintage Raleigh Roadster Part 4

Some recent upgrades to Janet:

A new rear rack (the proper size) with integral stand. From David Hembrow ’s Dutch Bike Bits

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The fixing wasn’t included, luckily the one off my old rack fitted

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The light is a battery powered LED, also from David Hembrow

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I also got round to fitting the front light, also a battery LED, onto the original Raleigh bracket.

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The stand lifts the rear wheel so the rack doesn’t look level in this picture, but it is when sat properly on the ground. I’ve also replaced the original grips with moulded cork ones, which are more comfortable. Thanks to the tip from Portlandize about using the hairdrier to get the old ones off. The grips were from Rose I’m quite happy with them, but wish I’d tried them on a ride before gluing them as ideally now I’d rotate them slightly more to give a greater variety of hand positions.

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I’ve also added to Raleigh integral bungees in black and white (but they are hidden by the panniers) This means I can put my D-lock on top of the rack. The old rack had a spring loaded top which I used to put it in, but the new one is flat (obviously for the benefit of any passengers (it is afterall Dutch).

To read about Janet’s restoration see:

Vintage Raleigh Roadster Part 1

Vintage Raleigh Roadster Part 2

Vintage Raleigh Roadster Part 3

It’s the London Tweed Run!

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It was a beautiful sunny day, although the sun soon disappeared behind the haze, but still it was dry and not too cold.

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A huge (possibly almost 500 as I saw someone with armband 477) throng of cyclists were already assembled outside of the Rugby Ralph Lauren shop in Covent Garden, by the time we arrived.

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It had been an early start for us, up at the crack of dawn to catch the 7.32 train to St Pancras. Despite all my trouble trying to book cycle reservations, ending up with multiple reservations, it was fairly straight forward in the end, as the train had a guards van. Unfortunately, the guards van was at the opposite end of the train from our seat reservations…

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Note to self if we attempt this again, cycling in heels may be easy, but walking the entire length of an inter-city train in them isn’t!

We were just affixing our official registration plates to the bikes, when Mark from i-bike-london turned up. I helped him fix his armband on, before he disappeared off into the crowd to socialise. After the obligatory faffing around for the group photo, shortly after eleven we set off, much to the bemusement of the passing tourists. It has to be said early Saturday morning in Covent Garden isn’t the best choice of venue fro a bike ride, broken glass from Friday night was everywhere. No wonder spare inner tubes were recommended! Whilst it may be an amazing spectacle having so many riders in a confined space, it doesn’t make for easy riding, being more akin to a wobbly slow bicycle race than a leisurely ride.

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While the stewards did an excellent job of politely stopping the traffic, we did have a few aggressive drivers that insisted on trying to bulldoze their way through the group. tweedrunnov2011038

The ride through Hyde Park Corner was rather hair raising, as was Sloane Square, but we made it safely to the tea stop in Kensington. Here we met up with Mark again,

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Lady Velo and @grobelaar,

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@scsmith and @samsgromit.

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London tea is never great (all that scum is rather off putting), but the cakes were excellent. We just had enough time to admire some of the vintage bikes (I was rather disappointing there weren’t any penny farthings)

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and other people’s outfits. Some had gone to a lot off effort and there were some very distinctive combinations.

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As we set off for the second leg, I put my camera away. The light was fading as the cloud had rolled in and it was time to enjoy the spectacle. Waving to the crowds isn’t something you get to do everyday. We wove around the back streets of Chelsea and Victoria and took in parts of Pimlico, but apart from recognising odd places here and there I was completely lost! Finally after doing a couple of circuits past the demonstrators outside the Syrian Embassy, we ended up at the Caledonian Club.

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Time to put my feet up!

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After more tea - or very posh whisky if that’s your thing, the prizes for best moustache, etc were awarded and a special edition Pashley Gov’nor given away.

What’s the collective noun for a group of Gov’nors?

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A stop for refreshments. Coffee and cake at St Pancras, before heading home.

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Vintage Raleigh Racer

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Locked up next to this rather nice vintage Raleigh racer last week when I was doing some last minute Christmas shopping.

(The vintage effect photos were taken on my iphone using hipstamatic)

Raleigh 18

Eldest daughter’s Vintage Raleigh 18, which I think was produced from the late 1960’s to the early 1970’s. It is the forerunner of the Raleigh Denim, which was on my Christmas list, but never came, instead I got my mother’s RSW ;-(

A smaller version of the classic Raleigh 20 this is the children’s version for 7 to 11 year olds. Eldest daughter is only 5 and can just about ride it and to be honest if I raised the seat and handle bars it would be fine for me too! 

It’s not exactly in pristine condition and has had a very bad paint job over it’s original purple paint, but it is still a lovely study bike

Boden Cycle Chic


Plenty of cycle chic to be found in this Autumn’s Boden Catalogue.  I am quite a fan of Boden clothes, but I must admit I find most of the ladies stuff a bit dull and I generally by the kids clothes - one advantage to being small. People are always asking me where I get my clothes from and are always disappointed to discover they only come in kids sizes. Clearly Boden are missing a gap in the market there!

Boden Cycle Chic

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Plenty of cycle chic to be found in this Autumn’s Boden Catalogue. women long coat cycle chic boden I am quite a fan of Boden clothes, but I must admit I find most of the ladies stuff a bit dull and I generally by the kids clothes - one advantage to being small. People are always asking me where I get my clothes from and are always disappointed to discover they only come in kids sizes. Clearly Boden are missing a gap in the market there!

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