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goodbye summer, goodbye cruiser

August 16, 2010

I’m officially saying goodbye to my outdoor office as a new academic year begins. And, unexpectedly, I am also taking leave from my Electra cruiser named Mojito. Our time together was brief but beautiful. We shared many a picnics and reading sessions under a tree. We rode to the lake; we rode to special events; we simply enjoyed riding.

I had wanted an upright comfortable bike and so my husband found me this wonderful cruiser with which to kickstart my daily bike commutes. Although it wasn’t my dream bike, it was a bike that met many of my criteria for commuting and I quickly became fond of Mojito. Then we came across a pair of 1960s Raleigh Roadsters and I saw pictures of the vintage bike of my dreams flash before my eyes. (Literally; I was glued to the Craigslist ad with the bike pictures from the first glance to the moment we brought them home).

My intention is to make the Raleigh Ladies Sports bike my daily commuter bike so Mojito had to find a new home. In Velouria’s words, I was swift and didn’t dwell on the decision; I put my cruiser up for sale and am happy to say that Mojito has found a wonderful new owner already. I hope she enjoys him as much as I did.

So goodbye Mojito and goodbye summer. As the new academic year begins and I trade in my outdoor office for one with actual walls and ceiling, I look forward to new adventures on my bike as I ride to work. And to a new (old) bike to share them with me.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 16, 2010 13:38

    Congratulations on the Raleighs!

  2. August 16, 2010 14:07

    Congratulations on your new vintage ride(s). Are they in good enough shape to ride now, or do you have some work to do on them? ENJOY, and hopefully you still get some nice outdoor office days!!! Look forward to hearing about the new “old” bike!

  3. August 16, 2010 16:40

    Those look like they are both the “Sports”, right?

    Too bad they’re missing the original headlights and generators. If you are interested in new ones, I really like the Busch & Muller Lumotec Retro headlight with an AXA HR bottle/tire generator.

    It’s nice to have so you just always have a working headlight, no batteries required, no worries about forgetting it, etc. I don’t find that the drag makes any really notable difference to how hard it is to pedal, and that generator works well even in torrential rain, which is great.

    Our Electras were kind of the same for us – they got us into riding, and served us well at the beginning, but we moved on to the vintage Raleighs as well :D Happy riding!

    • August 16, 2010 18:28

      Dave – once I got the Raleighs home, I remembered your initial comment on my Electra post and I went to reread it. And I was really excited to see that you had indeed written about the Raleighs and how you liked them better than the Amsterdam (which is what I had thought I wanted to upgrade to eventually). Mine is the “raleigh sport” and T’s is the Raleigh “sprite”. I will write more about them soon and I will appreciate any helpful tips about accessories (like your light tip) as I’m looking to customize them. Or at least mine, which I’ll be using daily.

  4. donna permalink
    August 16, 2010 19:56

    There was a pair of his and hers Raleigh DL Tourists on CL in Toronto recently too for just $700 for both. Someone got a sweet deal.

    • August 16, 2010 21:08

      Oh wow! I don’t know for how much these things usually go for, but we paid far less than that. I guess it depends in what condition they are. Our are in great shape but T’s “Sprite” was converted from a 5 speed to a 3 speed about 30 years ago so it no longer has the original 5 speed hub, which I guess was pretty rare and unique. I think that lowers the price that one can ask for something like that.

  5. Hannah permalink
    August 24, 2010 20:43

    i adore this bike,
    how much was itt ??

    • August 25, 2010 01:24

      Hannah – if you like it, check out the Electra site:

      This is the single speed Hawaii Cruiser. They usually sell for about $400 new but I got and resold mine for half of that online on Craigslist. Good luck finding one!

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