I had added the tweed "blog" to my "following" list so that I wouldn't miss any, because I was really looking forward to riding my really really old bike in something low key and parade-y like a tweed ride. But I still missed it. Damn.
Instead the Scientist and I headed out to Concord to peep at some leaves, and take Minerva's new brake setup for another test ride. I shortened the cable, to the point where it grabbed a lot more at the maximum pull on the levers.
Time got away from us, so we ended up putting the bikes in the back of the Scientist's car, and drove out to Concord, then did a 13 mile loop, oohing and awwwing at the lovely foliage as we went.
It was good that the light setup works, because we needed lights by the time we got back to the car.
The countryside: lovely, the light 100%, the truing, much much better, the braking, OK, but still needs work. I'd say that the front brake is at 80% of where I want it to be. I'm afraid that if I take any more slack out of the cable, I'll be riding with the brakes permanently "on". So I may have to work out a way of increasing the mechanical advantage of the brake lever travel somehow. More tinkering is in order.