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Spiffed Up, a Little

My Raleigh is good to go with spiffy new tires.  They didn’t really need changing; I just wanted to dress it up.  These are the same tires I have on the Schwinn and I really love them.

Flickr and LovelyBicycle have been big inspirations in the vintage bicycle department.  Putting the Schwalbe Delta Cruisers (28 x 1 1/2 from DereksCyclesOnline but I’ve since seen them on Flying Pigeon for a bit less) on this bike isn’t quite as simple as the Schwinn.  One of the shoe clips was a little bent and, once it was fixed, the front tire was no big deal.  The back tire is a different story.  I would hate to have to change that innertube on the side of the road somewhere.  I’m counting on the bike and tires being as indestructible as I’ve read.  Otherwise, I need to keep a diagram and cheat sheet in the tool bag.   Since it was slipping in second, I took this opportunity to play with the gear cable until it was tight enough.

I was confused when ordering the Pletscher rear rack, it won’t work on this bike, bit it fits the collegiate, so it wasn’t a loss.


I’ve had the basket for a while, but the Crane Suzu lever bell ($16.49 at   BikeZilla) is new.

A tool roll from Anhaica Bag Works just cause.


Union block pedals (9/16) and rear reflector from Yellow Jersey, where just about everything I need to maintenance/ repair this bike can be found.

If you haven’t guessed, this post is mainly a place for me to remember vendors and tips I used, also a really nice Saturday afternoon.

(my Flickr)

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