new aluminum wheels on Fiona
Here is another picture taken during our ‘heat wave’ this week. This was taken on Monday after work as I was riding around and taking lots of detours on my way home.
The reason for my meandering around town was only in part the gorgeous weather. My other motive: to test my brand spankin’ new aluminum wheels on Fiona. Yes! I got new tires and aluminum wheels on my 1968 Raleigh Sports. This was my combined birthday and Christmas gift (a wee bit early) from my husband this year and I couldn’t be more thrilled with this upgrade. Thanks, T!
This bike upgrade is the last of several bike upgrades and purchases this fall. For those of you following Simply Bike out of an interest in vintage bike restoration, I plan on writing a more detailed post on all the bike work done on my vintage Raleighs (and the reasons behind it) this coming weekend. I will also provide you with the cold hard facts about how much things cost me. If you’re planning on restoring your own vintage bike, this forthcoming post may be of help to you in at least preparing you for what this may entail financially.
I needed to replace my cracked tires regardless of keeping or replacing the steel wheels. We decided to replace the entire thing – wheels and tires – because of the huge difference aluminum wheels make when riding in the rain. Steel rims just don’t brake that well and I came to hate using Fiona on days it rained. I would opt for my Raleigh Grand Prix (which had to have new wheels because the wheels and tires purchased with it were unusable). But ironically, it’s Fiona that has the much-needed fenders for rainy day cycling. So that settled it: T., errr, Santa, brought me new aluminum wheels and new bike tires this year.
And just in time for all the rain we’re supposed to be getting for the rest of the week.
(On a side note – don’t you hate how dark it is already at 5 pm? This and yesterday’s photos were taken after work and with a long exposure setting. You can already see the sun setting. Winter is definitely upon us.)