I found this site while I was Googling for information on a Raleigh Super Sport I'd seen whilst idly browsing ebay and I registered so I could tell retro-rich about it.
I'm a Lancashire boy, living in North East Essex. I was given a bike about 8 or 10 years ago. The wheels were slightly buckled after spending a few years in a garage but that was all that was wrong with it. I got the wheels straightened at my local Halfords* and used the bike spasmodically over the next few years.
Earlier this year I finally bit the bullet and realised that I would probably never be a runner again. Every time I tried, no matter how easily I took it, I'd do a few sessions then get injured. So in April this year I decided to see if I could get fit by using the bike and surprisingly, my knee injury, which was stopping me from running, actually seems to benefit from the bike exercise.
I started with a 10.5 mile route I knew from my running days. Taking it easy, I did that in 1 hour 4 minutes (I used to run it in about 1 hr 25 mins). I gradually increased the distance and the pace, yesterday I did 25.2 miles at an average speed of 13 mph**. (Looking for the "proud" smilie, but there doesn't seem to be one.
The bike is a 1988 Raleigh. The stickers say "Reynolds 531c" and "lightweight, handbuilt frame". It doesn't seem to have a model name, it weighs about 9.5kg and it's yellow. I think it's a lot faster than I am.
* Yes, I know what most people think of Halfords but:
i) I didn't know any better and
ii) They did a good job.
** Or in other words, about the same pace as an elite marathon runner.