A proper bicycle

In the spirt of this ride, one should consider the proper conveyance.   Any of the British makes will do – a Raleigh, Robinhood, Dawes.  This event might encourage someone to go ahead and purchase that Pashley Guv’nor that has been sitting down at Mellow Johnny’s for quite some time.  

Of course, the ultimate would be a mid-50s Raleigh Superbe Roadster model bike –

Raleigh Superbe Roadster

Raleigh Superbe Roadster

 but there aren’t too many of those around.

You might show up on a more modern version of a touring bike, the venerable Surly Long Haul Trucker –

Long Haul Trucker

Surly Long Haul Trucker, masquerading as an English tourer

Nice compliant steel frame, all kinds of braze-ons for your touring accessories, and the most lovely colors, such as “truckaccino tan” and “hill street blue.”

Then again, I’d love it if someone showed up on one of these:

Surly Pugsley

Quite a monster of a ride.  Perhaps the imposing nature of this beast helps with the daily battle against motorists.

A word about modesty – our ride starts at 2:00 p.m., and it is intended to be family-friendly.  Therefore, if you show up with one of these –

Barely dressed, don't you think?

or worse, this:

I know "indecency" when I see it

then our ride stewards will gladly hand you a swath of fabric (tweed, naturally) so that your handlebars will be more properly dressed for the occasion.

I trust you understand our precautions in this matter.

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Published in: on December 26, 2009 at 10:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

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