Episode 2. Old Womens Bikes.

In tonights episode I want to talk about a couple of old womens bikes, er, that isn't to say bikes that are for old women, but more like womens bikes that are old. These bikes have been kicking about in my lock up for some time now, and to be honest it was time they were set free as I am never going to get around to doing anything with them. The reason that I have them in the first place was that Mrs Clint was after an old style town bike, as it would appear that they are now cool to have and ride, and some of her friends are riding them. So over the last few weeks I have bought several, and eventually I put quiute a nice one together from all the bikes I had, and then just re-assembled what was left over. Oddly, I have used very little from these particular bikes, and they're almost the same as I got them... Almost! So then starting with the Raleigh Caprice...


This was originally intented to form the basis for Mrs Clints town bike, however at the last minute a better basis (better meaning a preferred colour to Mrs Clint!) came along, and so this one was put out to pasture so to speak, it has a 21" frame, 26" wheels, thats not 26" like a mountain bike, it's old style 26" wheels, as are all of the bikes I'm going to waffle on about! In the back wheel is a 3 speed Sturmey Archer hub. Now then, next on the chopping list is a Hurcules Balmoral...


Much like the Caprice, this also has a 21" frame, older style 26" wheels, and a 3 speed Sturmey Archer hub in the rear wheel. For me, I quite like the colour of this little thing, and the mudgaurds with the raised center section, and rear reflector. It really makes it for me, it sort of cements it in it's era if you know what I mean. Anyhoo, enough babble about this one, next up is this little Raleigh Traveller...


Again, this was another contender for Mrs Clints town bike but got pipped at the post by the eventual winner, and so has also been lanquishing in my garage for far too long! But what a great colour this is. It's measurments are:- 20" frame, with 26" wheels and a 3 speed Sturmey Archer hub in the rear one. I don't know about you guys but for me the sound of a three speed Sturmey Archer hub click, click, clicking away below me is the sound of my childhood, and really takes me back to it, of course, my 3 speed Sturmey Archer hub was connected to the 20" rear wheel of a Raleigh Chopper! But saying that I did often ride my Grandmas Triumph Palm Beach when I would visit her, which was a very similar looking bike to all of the above, and it also had that wonderful soundtrack of the Sturmey Archer hub. I guess that my Grandmas Triumph Palm Beach is probably also the reason why I'm such a sucker for these type of bikes, if ever I see one at my local tip it is a real struggle for me not to bring it home, no matter what it's condition is. However, due to me being drawn to them I often find that I have a surplus, and need to have a culling, and so sadly that's what I am going to do with these. Hopefully they can be sucsessfully re-homed, but if not, then it's off to the tip with them!

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