Raleigh circa 1970’s

25 Mar

I want to introduce you to my bicycle.  I can’t remember how we (Brian and I) acquired it, but I do know that I have had it for many, many years.  When my son and daughter were little, I had a child-seat bolted to it and as they were big enough to ride on their own two wheeler, the bolts were removed (along with the seat).  Additionally, it sported a small, white basket attached to the handle bars which had a blue license plate on the front with the name, “Dorothy”.  This bike has been a friend to me all these years, getting me to and fro and back again as I so desired.  Its little basket has held more weight than it should because I would load it down with treasures from the store or the farmer’s market.  It accompanied the children and I many a times to our local California Mission, and waited patiently outside as we contemplated man’s adoration of G-d as painted on the chapel walls.  The Raleigh has doubled as a dirt bike, beach cruiser, mountain bike, and exhibition parade rider.  It is small but perfectly sized to me.

Now this past Christmas my loving husband totally, thoroughly, and completely bombed on his gift to me.  That is right, I did say “bombed”!  He bought me a pair of Jessica Simpson brand pumps.  They were water colored and extremely high.  So high heeled, in fact, I could have put them on and just stood in one place…that is all.  Not to mention my style is rooted in influences OTHER than Jessica Simpson, so needless to say I made no qualms about my complete disdain with his erroneous purchase.  My husband now stands corrected.

And in all honesty, the only thing I really wanted (besides a Clarisonic, Yves St. Lauren dress–or Dior for that matter, an excursion to the Greek Islands, five million cash, or a house on the beach) was to have my little Raleigh bike spruced up and new tires put on it.  …after a year spent land locked to my feet, I am ready to feel the ocean breeze in my face as I ride, ride, ride.

So after belittle-ling the multi-colored street walkers I had just been given I told him my bicycle could use some lovin’.  His response was, “well geez, that is easy…I can do that right now!”  And you know what?  He did.  …what a guy, the best in the west–for me!!  So here I am with my shined and ready Raleigh.  The basket was too sad to keep, but “Dorothy” is patiently awaiting her new replacement.

“Vive le vélo”

P.s. Let me introduce you to a very cool bicycle blog.  Here is the url for an entry written a couple of years ago but with a similar subject matter:  lovelybike.blogspot.com

My “new” Christmas gif
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6 Responses to “Raleigh circa 1970’s”

  1. Jillian Nance March 28, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    I love it!!!! It fits you perfectly. I can’t imagine you riding a modern bike of any kind. I am not an athletic person by nature, but have found true joy in cycling. It always makes me happy to see other people enjoying it too. On April 15th there is a huge ride in LA where they shut the streets off and an estimated 100,000 people ride their bikes through the city. It would be fun to ride with you. I have these unrealistic expectations of seeing you all the time. hahaha.

    • Rivka And Her Wit March 30, 2012 at 4:04 am #

      I have been watching this “civic pride day” in Los Angeles. But it was previously in the fall…I would have missed it! Cole and I will return from San Jose on the 14th, I’m sure my body could use the ride on the 15th. Let’s not abandon this idea! 🙂

  2. Gregory Wilker March 26, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    alrighty then 🙂

  3. Brad March 26, 2012 at 4:54 am #

    Nice wheels! I noticed it was a folding bike when I was in you garage recently (stealing a cola ). I liked the unique design, but wondered how the would make a guys bike that folds.

    • Rivka And Her Wit March 27, 2012 at 12:01 am #

      Funny Brad! I like that you noticed its folding capabilities…most observant, young Padawan!

  4. Rivka And Her Wit March 25, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

    Greg-e,
    Feel free to abstain from posting ‘​I want to ride my bicycle’​ by Queen, ’cause it’s already on repeat in my head!

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