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The bike that threw me

June 25, 2011
by Erin B

There it is.  I won’t be back on it for a while.  There is no way I can run those brakes while wearing a brace.  However, I CAN ride Claire!  Barely, but I can do it.  My left hand can only brake a little with my finger tips.  Just enough to slow down a little.  When I upgraded my handlebar grips recently (because the old ones got too hot in the sun) I had the brakes changes so the front brake is on the right.  This (I think) has made a big difference for being about to still ride Claire.  Her upright posture makes a huge difference too.

I pulled off the baby seat to take her for my first post fall ride.  I made it all the way to the U and got some good picture in.  Including the new header.  I wanted to take a picture of me with the bike but I didn’t bring the big camera and there weren’t any helpful passers by at 9am on Saturday morning.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Lorene permalink
    June 27, 2011 6:15 am

    Gorgeous photos!!!

  2. Corey K permalink
    July 3, 2011 1:45 am

    Really nice photos, Erin. That Raleigh looks like a real gem.

    Sorry the Nishiki managed to do such a thorough job on your wrist. As soon as you are able, try to get back on it- you sounded so *happy* when describing your experience riding that bike. Hopefully the rodeo trick didn’t dampen your ardor.

    Did you ever find out if a 650b conversion was economically feasible for that bike?

    Corey K

    • Erin B permalink*
      July 3, 2011 2:06 am

      Thanks Corey! The plan 650B conversion is still the long term plan for this bike, in a year or two. I want to change the rims on the Raleigh for better stopping first. In the mean time, I can’t run the drop bars in a brace and there won’t be much summer left in 6 weeks 5 days when I get to take it off. Maybe some fall biking on it. I love the Raleigh, but it doesn’t go fast. It’s much more of a sailing along bike.

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