Monday, March 4, 2013

Vintage Chic

Spotted these two vintage Raleigh's by Bradley's yesterday, a his and hers! Can't really figure out the date but definitely before the 70s. Very well taken care of and very well loved, these bikes are definitely appreciated by their owners. We tried to look around and see if we spotted a gaze from the owners with no luck. So I decided to leave them a nice note that their bicycles are awesome, that I hope someday to meet the owners, and that I hope they come and check out their treasures featured on this blog!

These 3-speed Raleigh roadsters are the predecessors to the Dutch bicycle. They are sportier, lighter, and more agile with a different posture and geometry. They have the quintessential white "cotton tail" on the rear fender, dynamo-powered front and rear lights, rod brakes, and even an old vertical bell! Christi was laughing at me describing these bicycles. Both have cute handlebar and saddle bags that are attached to the bottoms of the leather saddles. How very dapper!

Vintage Raleighs

Check out their awesome Brooks leather saddles with vintage support coils! From the looks of it and from the lack of rust, either they are kept very pristine or they're new parts. In any case, wow attention to detail and care!
Vintage Raleighs

The dynamo is attached to the rear wheel
 Vintage Raleighs

The beautiful Raleigh emblem on the rear fenders with engravings on the rear rack. Gorgeous gorgeous bicycles!
Vintage Raleighs

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