Such a Clatter

Lately I’ve been riding my 50 yr old British 3-speed “Emma Thompson Bike” around town. It’s been pretty hot and a slow upright bike keeps me from rushing and breaking a sweat.

 

But she is a bit… well… loud.

 

Clatter     When riding a wheel on Sheffield steel folks definitely hear you coming. But the Boston area roads don’t help the situation. They are pretty rough. So I wondered if I could measure the state of the roads by the sounds that Emma Thompson Bike makes?   Clatter  

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Beth
1 year 1 month ago

Haha! Mine is a big old sit-up-and-beg too, and you’ve pretty much nailed the riding experience 🙂 Except for one thing. The strong, whooshing, beautiful sense of momentum when you do get on a good smooth bit of road. That’s worth all of the bumping and clattering in my opinion.

Tom
Tom
1 year 1 month ago

I’ll bet more people admire your classic bike than complain about the noise, but, then again, I’ve never been to Boston.

Baratier
Baratier
1 year 1 month ago

I also ride 50 year old British bike. Great looking and nice to ride!

karin
karin
1 year 1 month ago

I’m sure Emma Thompson appreciates the compliment of having a noisy bike named after her!

Velo Lumino
1 year 1 month ago

Huh. I may be in the minority, but my 1951 Raleigh 3-speed rode silently. If yer bike is makin’ noise something ain’t right.

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