Actually I have no idea whether it is magnificent, and my titling it as a "Roadster" is just straight out of my head. But I came across it at the same roadside bike man that I bought my Decathlon MTB at, and loving looking at bicycles I thought it was nice to see a proper bike with a proper badge on it, hopefully made in Nottingham.
At £65 it was affordable - alarm bells ring as to its actual condition - but much as I liked it as an aesthetic piece of UK cycling history, I'd never ride such a beast. Too slow. Too in need of maintenance I don't have the hands to give it.
Gosh, not sure what's going on with me. This sentiment about an old bit of metal with round rubber bits at the bottom. I think seeing the wonderful BBC documentary on Raleigh a few weeks ago has awakened by appreciation.
Heaven forebid, I'll probably be buying tweeds and getting an old steel bike I can take to the Eroica!
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