Inspiration is born from history, experimentation and even sculpted from one man’s trash into another man’s treasure. John steps forward to tell the story of his 1974 Raleigh Grand Prix.
Imagine owning a bicycle for 41 years. You think you know its history but are still discovering secrets. Meet David and his 1965 Carlton Flyer.
After two years, the fruition of a final product emerges: A legendary touring frame, blessed with stock 650B wheels, morphed into an upright city bike.
Painting a vintage frame removes its history and resets the clock back to zero. Purists howl in agony but sometimes, the action is a full-blown necessity.
Offered (mostly) without comment, images of the Raleigh Portage in its raw steel birthday suit.
Upright bicycles already have an illustrious history in Europe and America is catching on. The “city bike” may be the latest in Stateside cycling but comfort is never a trend.