New Season

What better way to start the new randonneuring season than riding a steel framed bike in brilliant sunshine? I guess people will very soon tell me all about this Sunday having been the warmest March 8 on record and how bad this is, but frankly today I didn´t care. I just enjoyed the gift of the unexpectedly wonderful weather, my son´s company and the landscape.

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The Freckenhorst RTF was a great foil to project the enjoyment onto with a good route choice, friendly people and – yes, after all those years, nice food at the control posts.

FrFarm58One of them was on an old farm, the main building dating from the 1870s and providing a spectacular backdrop for the 1958 Miele I chose today.

Frdet58FarmIt still feels strange to park the bike in a row of carbon fiber high tech machines at the control post, but reactions by fellow riders are mostly favourable.

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They often ask for the weight of the bike, expecting anything up to 20 kilos, but they never ask for the sense it makes to ride 7 kilo bikes in the flat. Besides it feels good to be admired for riding an RTF on such a bike, riders mostly assuming that it must be hard work, which of course it isn´t due to good tyres and well cared for bearings.

The second control post is reached via a disused railway line.

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The post itself is situated right next to a bridge, giving the opportunity to shoot an aerial picture of it without leaving terra firma.

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Returning to the start I discovered a Rohloff equipped mountain bike.

FrRohlfullIts well-worn hub surface showed that it must have seen quite some use.

FrRohldethubThat meant that this construction

FrRohlbandlwr FrRohlbandmay have kept up longer than I would expect it to. The band has probably been sourced from a Dutch roadster; it´s the part attaching the front brake drum torque lever to the fork blade on cheaper bikes where a braze on is not used.

Even this little horror couldn´t spoil my day.

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