Retro Ride, Bridgestone Headset, Etc


Last week’s Retro Ride in Tullahoma with the Highland Rim Bicycle Club, co-sponsored by The Celtic Cup, went pretty well.  Denise Smith, who, with her husband, Chris, owns the coffee house, brought and displayed the ancient Raleigh Superbe roadster her father bought and rode while serving in the military and stationed in England.  Denise said she used the bike while in college, adding at that time grip-foam to the handlebars; also that the Sturmey-Archer four-speed shifter has one setting that is null because the bike’s internally geared hub has only three.  Denise’s Raleigh has the locking fork, although it has no Dyno-Hub, it has got a front-rim dynamo.  Sadly, the bike’s not in useable condition, but Denise said she would like to have it restored.  Here are a few pictures – as with all the photos on this blog, click on the picture for a larger image:


I didn’t snap any photos during the ride, so I’m using a few below that were taken by Julia Harrison, bike-club secretary.  The close up of the guy with a spaceship on his head is me.  For a retro-look, I wore a 1980’s Orbea bicycling cap.  Under the helmet, it kept the sweat out of my eyes, but since the bill is broken, looks pretty silly on its own.  I’ll try to find another one, someplace.  I rode the Miyata and one of Adrian’s sons, Tim, rode the Razesa.


Schwinn-&-MiyataCycling-CapOrbea Cycling CapOld-Bikes-Resting

We ended up riding a 26 or so mile course, as opposed to the 22 miles originally planned.  Our route took us from The Celtic Cup through an older and run-down part of Tullahoma, then into the country a ways, across a four-lane, through AEDC, across the Elk River dam at Woods Reservoir, and back to Tullahoma via Spring Creek Road, then some side streets and back to the coffee shop.  Most of the group had lunch there or a beer there, afterward.  Most of the bikes ridden were friction-shifted.  The oldest was a blue 1974 Schwinn Le Tour.  The bikes pictured on the grass, above, are his and hers model 1979 Schwinns.  Adrian rode his Bianchi Trofeo.  In all, there were eleven riders who participated.

In other news, I think the headset on the Bridgestone MB-4 is finally about to get done.  I was totally unable to get the fixed cone-thing that has to be press-fit on the top of the fork press fitted, so I got help on that.  Now, I’ll try to reassemble the fork, headset, and handlebars – maybe this weekend.

Celtic Cup Retro-Ride 2014

Highland Rim Bicycle Club & Celtic Cup Retro-Ride 2014

Highland Rim Bicycle Club & Celtic Cup Retro-Ride 2014

An easy, flattish 22 mile ride beginning and ending at Celtic Cup in Tullahoma, Tennessee.  Here’s a link to the mostly scenic route.  The only change is that the group will not ride on to the University of Tennessee Space Institute campus because they’ve just installed speed bumps on the drive and the circle in front of the school’s main building.  Some hills, but none too steep.  Ride that bike you’ve had in the garage for the past 20 years.

The ride will follow this route (except UTSI campus, as noted above):

Here is the Facebook event page:




Elk River Century–50 Mile Ride


Yup, I signed up for the Elk River Century 50-miler.  I’ve only been riding road bikes since about February, so when I signed up a few months ago, I thought this would be the most reasonable ride.  Other routes available were 10, 36, 62, and 100 (hence the name, Century).  For this event I have been preparing by riding hills around Stepford and during my recent Gallatin trip.  Also why Adrian, Tim, and I rode out to Lynchburg last Saturday and why Adrian and I rode in to Lynchburg and back out on the final 14 or so miles of the route last Monday.  While in Bedford County, we paused at Grassland Farm / Alexander Greer House to snap a few photos.  Highland Rim Bicycle Club did a very good job organizing the event and provided a couple of stops for food and drink on the way.

Adrian rode his still nearly new-old-stock 1986 Bianchi Trofeo, and I rode my far less than pristine and now franken-bike 1985 Razesa.  Adrian’s a better athlete than I am, or at any rate, a stronger cyclist.

Here’re the photos from Grassland Farm –



Did I mention that it rained a lot?  I got caught in a cloudburst riding in to the Lynchburg as I approached the square.  I took the two pictures below while still six or so miles from Lynchburg.