|Raleigh Super Course MK2, in all its glory|
|Raleigh name is becoming invisible as the paint chips away and rust eats at it.|
|The headbadge is also in need of some rust removal, but no more so than the rest of the bike|
More than anything, I was amused by the old school front light on the Raleigh, that is powered by the bicycle pedaler him/herself.
|Rear generator to power headlight and tail light on the Raleigh|
|Raleigh friction shifters|
As for the ride itself, I was surprised that it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, and actually quite pleasant. My neck is a bit strained, partly because if I shift my hands to a lower position, I still feel the need to crane my neck up to see what's coming, but also because I am so used to an upright position of riding, that it makes me tense to ride this style of bicycle, so I'm constantly straining my body. In addition, the bicycle is probably just a tad large for me, so I'm stretched out quite a bit. While I do want to have that stretched feeling so I don't feel as though the cockpit is cramped (as Sam so delicately put it), I also don't want to be strained too far in the other direction.
For now, I think it will be an interesting challenge to see if I can get myself used to the older style and its unique quirks. And, as an added bonus, I can still hold out hope that perhaps it will satiate my desire to obtain a Sam Hillborne frame (though I doubt it).