A New Steed for the Stable

It all started with a ’65 Raleigh Deluxe I found in my building’s basement. A summer of tinkering around with the Raleigh led to four years of commuting on a Gary Fisher Simple City 3, and then the gateway drug of owning a vintage Motebecane road bike. Now I find myself owning a new steed for the stable – a 2012 Raleigh Grand Prix.

Raleigh Grand Prix 2012


Ever since that first Raleigh, I’ve appreciated the brand and its “everyman” heritage, and let’s face it, lines and materials matter. I’m a bit obsessed with the classic look and ride of steel, and luckily enough, this Raleigh is even constructed with a luged frame. Steel rides better (in my opinion), lasts longer, and ages more gracefully. You don’t see vintage aluminum or carbon fiber bikes being used. Granted, those frames are lighter and better suited for road racing, but I’m not trying to shave weight off of my bike to win. In fact, I probably need to push a few extra pounds around just for the exercise.

Right now, my rides revolve around coffee, cityscape commutes, and long riverside rides. I’m hoping that turns into miles marked by switchbacks and stone walls. I’m looking forward to a long spring and summer atop the Grand Prix’s lugged steel frame and my Brooks Cambium Saddle. About the only thing I’m missing is some Rapha kit. What is it they say? 1. Socks match the kit, match the bike, match the wheels. 2. Glasses over helmet straps. 3. Flip the lid.

It is the Only Truth

I came across this quote by Kristin Reiter of Nike and I appreciate the focus and complete ownership of responsibility that is expressed.

“I am not a guru and should never be positioned as such. The only truth I can claim with any certainty is that I myself am the designer of my life and I myself am responsible for the entirety of it. The world that I live in is a product of my perception. I freely admit that I don’t have the answers to anything else in life. It is the only truth.”

– Kristin Reiter


Resolution for 2015: What good shall I do this day?

“O powerful Goodness! Bountiful Father! Merciful Guide!
Increase in me that wisdom which discovers my truest interest.
Strengthen my resolutions to perform what that wisdom dictates.
Accept my kind offices to thy other children as the only return in my power for thy continual favors to me.”

– Benjamin Franklin