Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: NJ, NYC, LI
Bikes: 1940s Fothergill, 1959 Allegro Special, 1963? Claud Butler Olympic Sprint, Lambert 'Clubman', 1974 Fuji "the Ace", 1976 Holdsworth 650b conversion rando bike, 1983 Trek 720 tourer, 1984 Counterpoint Opus II, 1993 Basso Gap, 2010 Downtube 8h, and...
I got a RSW-16 for my wife to ride to work. It's the deluxe model with a dynohub and the lights are built into the mudguards... it's a real classic, looks great, everyone who sees it loves it. It is heavy, but it's very comfortable... I like to ride it myself, but I admit the farthest I've gone was about 8 km when I went out to get donuts for breakfast one morning. The RSW-16 is geared lower the other Raleigh three speeds, so it feels pretty zippy in comparison. Riding it 18 km should be no problem. One thing to note... the brakes are terrible ... but hey, they only slow you down anyway, right?