After two years, the fruition of a final product has emerged: 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.
Months ago, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition broadcast a photograph of a woman, fist high in the air, brow furrowed while she screamed, demanding equitable bicycle infrastructure. The image instantly went viral.
Purchased as a playground for new and vintage part experimentation, my main commuter, a 1985 Raleigh Kodiak, begged for a freshening up.