Thursday, February 4, 2016

Favorite Spots

Over the next couple of weeks, I will be posting photos here of my favorite photo spots for my Raleighs. Please comment below.


South Natick Dam


Babson College and the Babson Globe


The Medfield State Hospital grounds


The Falls at Red Wing Bay, Dover, Ma.








Wednesday, February 3, 2016

My Raleigh Model 21


For years the best way to find an old Raleigh was in a weekly magazine called "The Want Advertiser" The Want Ad as it was known hit the news stands around 6:30am. All the really good deals were sold by 8:00am so if you really wanted a real "find" you would need to be there when it first arrived.
My favorite spot back in the early 70's was the little mini market in Wellesley Hills next to the Maugus Restaurant.

I would ride to the Maugus, order breakfast and wait for the delivery truck to arrive. There was a phone on the back wall back then, that I could call and ask the proper questions to see if the bike was worth riding to buy.

The ad above, as simple as it is, was proof enough that this bike was for me.
I called the number and when the women answered, I simply said, I want to buy your bike and come and get it now.
She told me that she was going out, but would be returning to the house around 3:00 and would hold it for me because I was the first caller.
I told her that the bike was very important to me and made up a story why. I asked if I could come over and wait for her to return home.
"OK,,," she said, "But I wont be home until 3!"

I got her address and went to Sudbury by bike and found the house. As I sat on her steps all afternoon the phone rang inside. I counted 47 calls in the time from when I first arrived. Maybe the same callers or no one interested in the bile at all.

The women finally arrived as she said she would a little early. She told me that she didn't want to keep me waiting any longer.
When she rolled the bike out, it had no fenders. She noticed that I was a little surprised and said, "Would you like the fenders?
"Yes, that would be Great!" She said" I also have some printed things that come along with the bike." I said, "GREAT!"

Below is the printed material that she gave me along with the bike. The letter is from the second owner to the third. I am the fourth.
The bicycle remains in my collection today. It has K series hubs that are rod pulled drum brakes, 28"wheels, as seen in the photo of the catalog. The bicycle was purchased in 1934 in Boston and is one of the first Raleigh's to be imported by Raleigh of America into this country and as Im sure you can imagine, a dream to ride!







Here is what the letter says:

Frank W Warren
546 South Street
Murray Hill, NJ.

March 28th, 19
Dear Kiko;

I am pleased
that the Raleigh arrived in good
shape and that you like it.
For several years it was
my most prized possession
and I never could persuade
myself to sell it even though
it was a nuisance to keep
in the garage. Once I did advertise it
For sale and an unpleasant
character came to look at it.
he tried to talk me down on the
price by making disparaging
remarks and I ended the conversation
by telling him it was obvious he
knew nothing about bicycles and
suggested he go to Sears Roebuck
for their junk.

I bought it about 1942
from a youth in Milton, Mass, who
was going into the Army and it was
a tearful transaction. The bike
was evidently the apple of his eye

flip side>



and his mother made me promise
to sell it back if her son returned.
I had to leave my address and
make the promise. For several years
Janey, Bill, and I traveled on bikes
into the surrounding country,
often trailed by five or six of their
pals. Janey was pretty young but
we always got back.
That saddle you find
uncomfortable is a Brooks
saddle- the best. I would suggest
you get some saddle soap or
leather polish; it is probably
somewhat brittle after twelve years
in the garage.Also you might be a
trifle soft for road work on a bike.

Enclosed are a few pamphlets
describing Raleigh parts. The bike
ought to be in good mechanical order
but you must oil it.Never shift
gears while pedaling; just coast
while making the shift. Its easy to do.
I doubt if the tires will last very long.
Once you get it cleaned up, it is easy to
keep clean if you just use auto polish on
the chrome.

We are planning to go to
Stamford on Good Friday and hope
to see you.
Love to Juliang and Janey
Frank




Monday, November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving Fox Hunt

For years now. we have assembled a small group to go watch the Norfolk Hunt Club's Fox Hunt.
They never hunt or kill a real fox, but instead follow a dragged scent. The view of Horses and Hounds out in the field with the morning Autumn air is always a great way to start Thanksgiving.
The weather for the day looks perfect. Sunny and in the 50's
We will be meeting at the start on North St in Medfield Ma. Easy to find, look for the horse trailers south of Medfield Center on the road to Dover.
We hope to see you there.


Here are some photos from Thanksgiving 2015








Thursday, November 12, 2015

New Brake Pads for Steel Rims.

Nick at Curious Velo in Lexington, Ma handed me a pair of these special brake pads designed for steel rims.
We will me testing them on Friday.



Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sunday Morning Breakfast Ride, June 7th at Curious Velo

Lets do it again! Bring out your favorite British Cycling Iron Sunday June 7th for a slow go and show ride to the Colonial Inn in Concord.
We will meet at Curious Velo in Lexington at 8:00 am and be on route at 8:15.

The ride takes the Minute Man Bikeway to the end and picks up the dirt Rail Road bed beond. Its a little sandy with the lack of rain we have been having so you will know.

Bring Cash for Breakfast and a Lock for your bike.

We will be eating in view of the bicycles.

Afterwards, return back on the Battle Road, A Historical National Park that was the road the British Solders took on their way to concord On April 19th 1775.

If we have time we will stop at a grave of an un-named British Solder that never made it home for a moment of silence.

For the most part, this is a Car Free Ride!

We hope to see you there. Rain cancels the ride.

Check back here for photos in a day or so.

Cheers!



http://www.curiousvelo.com/location/

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Perfect Sunday Morning for the Perfect Sunday Morning Breakfast Ride!

The Perfect Day for the Perfect Bike! Nine riders of The Raleigh met at Curious Velo off the Minute Man Bikeway on Mass Ave in Lexington for a fun ride to Concord at the Colonial Inn for breakfast.

The best plase yet to start a Raleigh Ride, Nick Bennett's "Curious Velo" is like a museum of British Bicycles from days gone by. From Bikes to Bits. His shop is really something to see and a real great source for that small part for your Raleigh Project. Love for the Bicycle is here. You have to visit and return!

Cool, comfortable and slow going, we started at 8:30, early enough so it wasn't too crowded as it sometimes gets on such a beautiful Sunday morning.

At the end of the pavement and the end of the bikeway, we continued on the dirt Railroad bed to Concord. Shady and quiet.


We made it to the Inn around 9:30 and parked the Cycling Iron in photogenic spots, un-locked in view from our tables.

Breakfast at the Inn is first class. Just the right amount for hungry cyclists. It became quiet while everyone enjoyed their breakfast treats!

Afterwards we headed off to "The Battle Road". The Battle Road is the road the British solders marched on from Lexington to Concord on the morning of April 19th 1775, after the battle on the Lexington town green, now known as the Battle Green. British solders graves with the Union Jack can be seen along the way. The National Park Service has claimed the land and have knocked down homes that were not standing at the time of the battles of Lexington and Concord. Sandy and slow going, we passed old homesteads once the farms of the people of the then, new country.

At the end of "The Battle Road" we returned back to the pavement and up over the hill we know as "Shirley's Pimple" and back to the Bikeway in Lexington Center.

We arrived back to Curious Velo at noon.

The breakfast Ride was a total success! Every one was happy to be at the end but were talking and looking forward to the next ride and get together!

We hope to see you there!

Here are the photos from our ride:







































Scott R Chamberlain, and Nick Bennett Leaders of today's "Breakfast Ride"