Beau Velo, Southwest Corridor Bikepath

Beau Velo, Southwest Corridor Bikepath

My beautiful Boston transport, at rest on the Southwest Corridor Bikepath, next to the T’s Orange Line (in the trench below the flowering tree) and constructed as part of that project. This is near the southern end which is adjacent to Boston’s famous Emerald Necklace. The northern end of this path is one block from beautiful Copley Square.

Beau Velo is a beautiful old Raleigh Superbe (hence the name) that belonged to my dad. Raleigh used to make every component of their bicycles in their own factory in England except for the tires. Even the gear mechanism (Sturmey-Archer) was a subsidiary. In post-war England only the wealthy could afford cars: thus these bicycles were built as serious transportation so people could conduct their lives. They are all steel, making them heavy and both durable and comfortable to ride. They are low maintenance, but they are also not very fast. Superbes … Read More