Hello fellow bicyclists,
I signed up today with this handy forum. For the past 33 years, I've been the happy owner of a Raleigh touring bicycle, the "Super Course". [I bought it brand new in my native state of NJ, in 1971.][I'm now 57, rarely drive, and use my Raleigh nearly every day.] Twenty-one years ago (1983) I built sturdy wheels (using beefy DT spokes) for this bicycle because I knew I'd do a tour in 1984. That 3,000 mile tour (Pacific NW and SW Canada) was the only one I ever did. I designed a giant loop and a friend went with me: Boise, ID up to Glacier NP, then into Canada to see 3 places I had dreamed of seeing since boyhood when I found out about them: Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper. Then by passenger train from Jasper to Prince Rupert (on coast of BC, near bottom of Alaska), down and across Vancourer Island, to Vancouver City, back to the Island, to Pacific Rim Nat'l Park, to Victoria, to Canada's Gulf Islands, to Washington's San Juan Islands, to Seattle, around the Olympic Peninsula, into the Hoh Rainforest, and down the Washington and Oregon coasts, inland to Eugene and back to Boise via the mountainous (northern) route. I eagerly quit my boring job to do this wonderful, 1984, all-Summer-long, bicycle adventure tour.
Now I have to put back together my road bike-- I took it apart in the past. I need a shorter stem so that I don't feel so stretched out. [The road bike frame was built in 1984 and has 1983 components on it. I also built, in 1983, the wheels for this bicycle.]
Since 1972 I've been my own bicycle mechanic. [In '71 or '72 I bought Tom Cuthbertson's great _Anybody's Bike Book_ and found it was easy to be a bicycle mechanic. Over the years I bought the tools I needed to do the disassembly and re-assembly work.] But I still need some tips now and then. [And remember: I have bicycles using old technology components.]
Enjoy your ride today!
Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.
- H. G. Wells