The kids and I headed up North last week to take care of some business, soak up some nature, and see my beautiful mama for her birthday. Oh- and to play with chickens. Lots of chickens… I rode a Zike bike, too, but didn’t get in any of the actual biking I wanted to (thanks, rain.)
Anyhow- we stopped for our customary Culver’s fix and I checked my email, and I saw someone in our neighborhood mom’s group was giving away a free bike and baby carrier. An OLD bike. Now nevermind that I already kind of have a bike hoarding problem, I just kind of thought I might need the bike. When nice neighbor lady said they were all mine, I was stoked- and had to call Mr. M to see if he could go pick them up. I found out the bike is a 1978 Raleigh Grand Prix, and I got to Googling… A few Google image searches later, I was really excited, as I saw ‘his and hers’ Raleigh’s, and this one looked pretty true to form. True to mixte form- and I’ve always liked that word…”mixte.”
Mr. M was gracious about hauling the bike home, but ix-nayed the baby seat, since my kids are too big. He just kind of eyeballed the frame and figured it would work. He had to call a car to haul it, as the tires are both flat, front wheel is loose, and chain is dragging. But as he said over a text- it’s a pretty sweet bike. The decals are pretty much intact, the paint job is awesome, the tape on the handlebars is still pretty solid.
This bike needs some serious TLC, but I’m not sure how serious. It’s a ten-speed, and it shifts with levers in a way I’ve never seen before. I played around with it as soon as I got in tonight, and most of the components other than the chain, tire, and break pads actually seem fine. No corrosion I can see… I’m a little concerned the frame might be too small, the seat seems to be lifted pretty far out of the seat post. If it is, I’m going to be hugely disappointed.
I called Pedal to the People as soon as I knew the bike was at the house and set up an appointment, so tomorrow morning we’ll know what’s what. Adam will be at the playground tomorrow with his mobile bike shop and I’ll have my fingers crossed!
Oh- some Upper Peninsula highlights: (from left to right)
1) Me and the kids with “silkies”- like kittens, but chickens 2) My daughter LOVES seeing her friends and chasing them around my parents’ yard 3) eggs of all colors and sizes 4) A BIKE RACK in my hometown. In front of a ‘tap room’ bar. That’s new! 5) Feeding the deer at City Park 6) Dinner with family and friends (who are soon to be family) 7) Two ducks the coyotes haven’t managed to eat. 8,9) I taught the kids how to throw something into the river and watch the other side of the bridge- Pooh sticks, anyone? 10) If you have a tent, a fire, and a beer, it’s camping. 11) That’s a child sized helmet for motor sports. I’m glad we bike. 12) A Zike. It’s like an elliptical bike, and my 7 year old cousin got it for his B-day. It’s a workout! 13) Chicken chat with Papa. 14) Family lunch at the Trading Post. 15) My mom’s garden. 16) Running down the trail that used to be railroad tracks, and is now used for ORV’s. 17) Visiting great-grandma, that was my yard growing up. 18) One of many, many dogs my kids were happy to visit again.