November 9, 2016 by welshcyclist
I’ve been riding my Raleigh Pioneer for quite a while, probably, at least seven years full time, as a commuter, and for leisure rides etc.. During that time it has virtually been rebuilt, new components throughout, and I wanted to renew them again now. Fortunately, my employer opened this year’s CycleScheme, a chance of a cheque for up to £1,000 for a bike or commuting equipment.
My presumption that it would allow me to purchase new components for my Pioneer proved wrong however. The scheme only allows us to purchase a bike and accessories, but components were a big no! It doesn’t make sense to me, but I am not going to argue the pros and cons of that, I want to tell you about my new bike.
Like my Pioneer, it’s a Raleigh, a Raleigh Royal 24-speed tourer to be precise.
I bought it in Tredz’s Cardiff branch, along with some new commuting gear, jacket, socks, overshoes, padded shorts, and rechargeable front lights. The staff there were very helpful, I must thank Duarte in particular for his input, because, despite me having been commuting for all these last 12 years or so, I am a complete novice at bike fit. Not that I have met the Royal in person yet, they had one in stock at the warehouse, which will be at the shop in a few days, and I will make an appointment to go and try it out, fingers crossed that it will live up to my expectations. I want a comfortable ride, I’ve always felt the Pioneer was that bit too big for me, leaving me with numb hands, because leaning forward too much i.e., stretching forward put too much pressure on them. I am quite a shortie, only 5’7″ with a 29″ inside leg, in the old money, Duarte said that constituted a small size 50 cm, why that can’t be in inches as well, I’ve no idea. Feet and inches input for the sizing formula produces a metric size frame, it’s all very confusing.
But, the excellent news is I’ve taken the plunge, and a new steed is on it’s way.
Sadly got to close now, but hope to provide pictures an more soon.