• New rides on old bikes

    I have too many bikes.

    I know that that statement shows blatant disregard for the n+1 rule*, but there’s only so much time in the day that can be spared for fettling, and the queue of bikes needing attention never seems to get shorter.

    But with winter coming, and my trusty cold-weather steed badly in need of a respray, I made some time to get the old Raleigh 531 rebuilt, with a whole bunch of gears on it to make the local hills a bit easier (my knees will thank me) .

    So here it is on its inaugral ride – an early commute through the hills past a mist-covered Llyn Mwyngil. It ain’t too shabby for a 20 year old scrapper.

    Llyn Mwyngil with a 531 foreground.

    Llyn Mwyngil with a 531 foreground.

    * the n+1 rule states that the ideal number of bikes one should own is n + 1 where n is the number of bikes currently owned.


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