According to Statcounter, one of the most visited posts on my blog is the September 12, 2009 post titled Raleigh Japan. In it I posted a link and photos of Raleigh road bikes that aren't available in the United States. These are steel bikes equipped with Nitto M-12 type front racks, cantilever or v-brakes, quill stems, and even downtube shifters on one bike. I recently noticed an ad in Bicycling Times for the new Raleigh Port Townsend. Like the Japanese bikes it's a steel framed bike equipped with cantilever brakes and a front rack suitable for carrying a rando bag. It's also equipped with bar end shifters. Unfortunately the Raleigh site doesn't give much information about the bikes intended usage. The One Way looks to be the same frame set up as a single speed. I like the direction that Raleigh is headed. Oh, the retail price for the Port Townsend is $879 at R.E.I.
I started this blog a couple of years ago when I used to print and sell t shirts with bike related designs. The name of my blog was the name of my business, Rat Trap Press. Rat Trap, referred to the old style road pedals, and Press of course referred to my screen printing press. Due to some sudden unexpected expenses I had to sell my screen printing equipment. I decided to stick with the name, RTP, and continue writing about my relaxed paced adventures around Fort Worth, Texas. Please take some time to say hello.