|Our little theater is closed - along with the salon, record store, |
and shoe repair shop. Some restaurants are still open
I have a vintage Mercian that I use as my "city bike." It's set up to be a light, speedy, errand runner, with an easy-on/easy-off basket for carrying a few essentials.
I haven't shown or written much about the city runner here on the blog before, so today seems like a good time to rectify that.
|That basket attaches in seconds to the rear rack with spring-loaded grippers. Perfect for picking up takeout Chinese, or a light load of groceries.|
|My brakes are SunTour Superbe, updated with modern pads. I've got 32mm tires under those plastic fenders.|
|I installed a vintage Blackburn rack, a sprung Brooks Flyer saddle, and bar-end shifters.|
|My drivetrain consists of a TA crank, SunTour Vx rear derailleur, and SunTour ARX front derailleur. The pedals are basic MKS touring pedals.|
The old Mercian city runner occasionally catches some admiring looks and complements when I'm out running errands with it, though that didn't happen today. From the picture above, you can see that the square is far from "lively" these days.
By the way, the Chinese take-out was pretty tasty, and it's always good to be supporting one of the local businesses when we're able.