I've always dreamed of having a vintage bicycle. Once about 15 years ago, I saw an old Raleigh bike at a local junk store for $15.00 needless to say, I was feeling really poor as a newlywed and just simply couldn't afford it. I've always regretted not putting it on my credit card...especially since I now know how much it was worth!!! What was I thinking?
Well, about a couple of weeks ago I was shopping at that same local thrift store, and I spied this rear view....
...I would like to tell you that I calmly walked towards the back of the store...but alas no....I RAN PUSHING MY CART WITH MY TWO LITTLE BOYS TRAILING BEHIND ME (QUITE BEWILDERED) SAYING "I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!!! A RALEIGH!!!!"
After that embarassing episode...I assessed it to be a fair price especially since I had a 30% off coupon which made it a whopping $35.00!!! Yippee!!!
I then immediately purchased said bike and took it directly to my local bike shop for new grips, tubes, and tires. It took a week or so to get it back....and I've been a riding fool ever since!
I know she is not perfect...and I realize she needs alot of work....but I'm loving how sweet a ride she is....smooth as a whistle! I'm so happy to have found such a cool vintage Raleigh!! As far as I can find out, she was made in the late 60's or early 70's in Nottingham, England. She's a Raleigh LTD-SC, single speed, with coaster brakes (which is taking a bit to get used to!). I have my work cut out for me to further restore her....but eventually she will sparkle again. Now...to find a proper name for her, hmmmm.....
Irregardless, I'm one happy cyclist!
What's your favorite bike story?