Friday, July 24, 2009

The Corral: Raleigh & My First Bike Date

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The Hubby and I took our Raleighs out for a ride and we took in a movie. They got a chance to bond while we were in the theatre. It was the longest ride I had taken her on and it was pretty fun. It felt really small and I felt a bit vulnerable on the roads but she was smooth and so pretty. With only three speeds it was a bit of a challenge on some of the hills but not terrible. I think that if we hadn't been late dropping off Miss S at the babysitters and we had been able to go more slowly it would have been easier. I love the details like the birds in the chain ring and she has an odometer. I also really love that the hubby and I can match when we ride them as corny as that may be.

Edit: My Raleigh is a 1970 and the Hubby's is a 1969. Thanks Doohickie for the tip on how to find the date.

8 comments:

  1. Woo hoo, you both look fabulous!! And your matching bikes are too cute - I love how they're locked together :)

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  2. Gawd, I love old Raleighs. The two of you are an attractive couple on your matching Raleighs. By the looks of yours, I would guess it's from.... 1970? 1972? Something like that. You can tell for sure by looking at the date on the Sturmey Archer 3-speed hub. It should have a date code like 71 11, which would indicate the hub was made in November, 1971.

    As a fellow Raleighist, I'd be interested in knowing how old your pair of Raleighs is.

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  3. I'll have to look at that hub and I'll get back to you. Thanks for that tip.

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  4. Ok, so I looked and mine is a 70 and The Hubby's is a 69. I am going to edit that into the post.

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  5. i saw 2 raleighs exactly like this on craigslist!! two beautiful bikes u got there :)

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  6. You two are adorable on your matching red bikes!

    I have a blue Raleigh. Not sure of the year. It's an awesome bike, but yes, it doesn't take hills too well.

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  7. Caryl - It may have been these two bikes. They were on craigslist for a while and we thought they would be sold by the time we decided to get them but they weren't.

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  8. Love your bikes. I'm restoring a vintage Raleigh now and cant wait to ride it.

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