Irene Fenderbottom, my early 70's Raleigh mixte is proving to be a delightful bike. I've now taken her for several short rides around town to do errands and today I rode her to work. I'm so pleased with my decision to flip her handlebars. It gives her a touch of sportiness that matches her ride nicely. She's responsive and literally glides down the street. Her 52-18 gearing is proving to be just right.
My original intention with her was for a rainy day bike.
I bought her cheap and used mostly re-purposed parts to get her on the road again, so she's certainly nothing fancy. Knowing how little I invested in her makes me appreciate her even more. I'm a sucker for a good deal, living for thrifts, consignments, craigslist and freecycle. I've even been known to alley prowl from time to time. I get an immense amount of satisfaction when I spend virtually nothing and get something fabulous and Irene is proving to be quite fabulous!
After work I ran by The Bike Depot to chat with our staff about some business and pick up some parts I'd ordered. The place was hopping - a wonderful thing to see!
When I got home I found B1 in the back yard gathering veggies for dinner. One of the best things about having a garden is picking and eating goodies before they ever make it to the kitchen!