I headed out into the humid morning. After complaining last week about how much I hate a bag slung on my shoulder, I had to use my Freitag for my lunch. I'm starting the search for a saddlebag- am hoping to go to Harris this weekend to check out the options. I think a black one would look best, but most of the "modern" ones seem to look best in green. Am contemplating one of the Brooks retro ones if they're functional.
The shifting on this bike is very accurate! By far better than I've gotten Minerva to be, and the gearing feels spot on for me. I haven't checked the cog size yet, but the low gear is low enough, and the high gear is enough to give resistance down the hill of the Longfellow.
About halfway to work, the saddle suddenly shifted to point up- guess I didn't tighten it enough last night. So I thought, no problem, I put a 13mm wrench in my bag this morning just for this purpose! D'oh, I'd put it in my normal pannier instead of the Freitag.
I stopped at a firestation (firemen have tools right?) and asked them to take pity on me. They did have the right wrench, and I tightened it up enough to get up the rest of the hill to work. I think I'm also going to lower the saddle a smidge, but mostly it was a lovely ride.
Every time I leave my cubicle I pass it, and admire what fantastic shape it's in. I can hardly wait until it's really cleaned up and shining
Rode home and it was so lovely- a bit of wind, but lots of sun, not too hot, perfect day to be on a bike.
Stopped a bit to smell the flowers.
There are a couple of interesting markings:
Someone scratched an ID number into the chainstay (note the oil port on the BB)
There's also some kind of serial number on the seat tube. The lugs don't have the excitement of later raleigh race frames, but the pinstriping is in great shape
All in all, a VERY successful maiden voyage!