I have been car free for 2 years this January. When I moved from Oregon to Texas I sold my car to my best friend and shipped my 1970s yellow Raleigh down with me. This spring, I sold my Raleigh and got a sweet road bike that is zippy and really comfortable to ride for miles and miles. I have her outfitted with a top tube rack from etsy (it reads “Quite Contrary” and is much more faded after sitting in the Texas summer sun) and back baskets for carrying my backpack and groceries.
Raleigh Sprite 27 – early 1970s Road Stripe Yellow with original fenders and chain guard.
I love these Comet Ride Bike Accessories and wished they matched my bike better!
left;”>I have a high level of anxiety when I drive or ride in cars and I prefer to take the bus or ride my bike when I can. My only concern has been being seen by other cars, but I also want to not feel like a total dork. Most of the safety do-dads out there are glowing safety vests and clunky helmets. I bought this coat so I could be better seen while riding my bike. When I first thought up a plan to have a day-glo coat, I thought I would have to hire someone to remake a coat from a vintage pattern. However, I snagged this coat for a measly $24 at Buffalo Exchange. When I got it, it was a bit too big and had other problems.Hideous orange buttons lined a double row down the front, so I cut them off and replaced them with black buttons. I also moved the buttons so that the coat is at least a size smaller.
There is the most adorable reflective lace with little bicycles on it that I may get to sew on the hem of the coat.