Sept. 23, 1948: "Bought a new headlight bracket for my bike, jam, rode to Paris, stopping at a dingy hotel near north edge of town... Had lunch leaning against some baled straw, & I oiled bikes and remounted headlight. Perfect weather." - Reece Stuart letter to family.
June 17, 2018: Some more bike stills prove that oil vigilance has gotten lax in recent years, but still fun to imagine this was the very same being so well loved! #Herculesbicycle, a #Birmingham UK co. was bought by Tube Investments, which then also bought/merged with @raleighbicycles. Descended with cool views into Paris from Chantilly - were bracing for some urban-warfare-style riding (Philipp's messenger 'expertise') but after a few busy intersections found ourselves on the peaceful dedicated Canal de Saint-Denis path. Gentrification picked up about 5k from center, and we were passed by some fixies whose chain sounds would have horrified Reece.
#bikemaintenance #chainlube #paris #fixies #cycletouring