Car-Lite

Who would’ve thought a year ago I wouldn’t own a car? I certainly didn’t. I couldn’t comprehend how anyone could get by without a car.

Well, two days ago I sold my car. The 1988 Subaru RX. It was a great little car for the period I had it. The last couple months, it barely was driven. Just sat out on the side of Downing St looking very lonely. Yes, it had cars in front and behind it to keep company, but it wanted to be driven.

Note, I’m not completely car-free. Niki let’s me borrow her car. We actually have both our names on the insurance policy now (yikes! commitment!).

Also, I recently signed up for a car sharing program called Occasional Car. If you actually sign up now, you can even get a free membership. I haven’t used the service yet, though I plan to eventually. There’s a Toyota Yaris within walking distance from the apartment. Expect a review once I have a need for it.

Its amazing where one can go with relatively little effort using a bicycle and public transportation in Denver.

My New ’78 Raleigh

I just got a nice old steel vintage ride for a pretty darn good deal. A Raleigh Grand Prix. Per the serial number, it was built in Worksop, Nottingham, England  on the sixteenth fortnight of 1978.

She’s all original, with the Raleigh branded Suntour V-GT components, Wienmann brakes, Raleigh branded SR aluminum crankset and Brook CR3 vinyl seat. She’s a beaut.

It may get new components and such put on it, but I will keep all the original pieces should I decide to later restore it.

Some pictures:

1978 Raleigh Grand Prix
1978 Raleigh Grand Prix
Raleigh Chainline
Raleigh Chainline
Raleigh Head Badge
Raleigh Head Badge

View the whole set of photos on Flickr