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 a owning vintage Motebecane road bike. Now I find myself owning a new steed for the stable - a 2012 Raleigh Grand Prix.
I know exactly what happens when I push down on the brake pedal and where the brake fluid flows and how the calipers compress. Its the same feeling taking apart and internal 3 speed hub. Although its beginning to look more like a complicated watch to me.