Beacon Bicycle People: David R.

Beacon Bicycle People: David R.

David Rees doesn’t just sharpen pencils. He knows how to ride a bicycle, too. We caught him popping into Beacon Natural Market for an energy bar. He was about to go for a spin, something he likes to do to get his head in a good space before sitting down to write.

Years in Beacon: Moved up from Brooklyn in the fall of 2005.

Profession: Writer.

Why do you ride?  Growing up in North Carolina my parents always commuted by bike. When I lived in Boston I got around by bike. I lived in Brooklyn for seven years and I kept saying I needed to get one, but I never did.  I finally got one last summer.  It just feels crazy to get in my car to drive to the post office.

Advice for new riders: Stop at stop signs. Signal. Wear a helmet.

Raleigh Professional

David scored an early 70s Raleigh Professional frame in Mink Blue from Peoples Bicycle. Note the blue tires, completing the bike’s “colorway.”

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The Raleigh Pros were built in the independently-run Carlton workshop, a high end frame building company Raleigh purchased in 1960 to help it break into the racing market.

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It does not appear to have any of the original components. It’s been outfitted as a single speed with a flip-flop hub and bull-horn bars, giving it a messenger-style vibe.

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The blue with the silver barber pole striping is classic. Fenders are practical additions. Keeping with the spare working-bike look, a messenger bag would be a good way to make this setup useful for errands in town.

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We cut off David’s feet (sorry) but you can still see the right side roll-up technique, to keep the pant leg out of the drive chain of the bicycle. The overall look here might be called “gentleman hipster.” (See second photo above for David’s choice in footwear.)

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Pencil-sharpening notoriety has its downside—despite being garbed in a loose-fitting sweatshirt and a helmet, David is often recognized on the streets of Beacon.

 

One Response to Beacon Bicycle People: David R.

  1. Jon says:

    The only original components may be the Campagnolo crankset and seatpost. Great to see this bike around beacon!

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