Portage Porn

I found this photo in the bin from a while ago.

That’s Spouse’s city bike. I borrowed it in order to buy a bag of charcoal (I also bought a watermelon). The rack on Spouse’s bike is a little wider and more conducive to strapping large objects to it. The same day, I had a big box strapped back there with a charcoal grill in it, but I neglected to take a picture. I believe that may have been the single largest item I’ve carried on a regular bike without a trailer.

I always liked the look of Spouse’s bike – I think it’s the subtle integrated maple leaf motif on the seat tube…

I’ve been writing a few “barely locked” posts lately, so I figured that today I would feature a properly locked bike. I often see this Raleigh parked at a local supermarket – my guess is that it belongs to an employee.

You can see that the owner has properly lace the U-lock through the frame, the front wheel and rack. That’s my Raleigh parked next to it – rather casually with my lock laced just through the rack and my wheel. (I’ve never removed the front wheel on this bike – my guess is that the nuts are rusted on there pretty good).

That is a good looking bike. The orange really stands out and it’s in good condition. My guess is that it’s ca. mid-70’s but I don’t really know. The only accurate way that I know how to date a Raleigh is to look for a stamp on the 3-speed hub, but this is a derailleur model, so I’m not sure (and I didn’t go looking). Still – a very nice looking bike.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

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2 responses to “Portage Porn

  1. Re the Raleigh: it costs a lot more to replace a snagged rear wheel. It’s why my u lock snags the rear wheel with the cable extension capturing the front. Better would be two u locks but I’ve been lazy.

    • When I go on a longer trip with the Raleigh, or park it in a dodgy area, I use the “Sheldon Brown” method that you describe. It’s pretty rare that I do either. Locking just the front wheel is usually a very bad idea, and I’d classify it as “barely locked” but in the case of my Raleigh – I don’t think anyone is getting that front wheel off in a hurry!

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