Anyways, I've been riding the Raleigh Crested Butte A LOT lately. I've alternated between it and the Raleigh Wayfarer as my primary daily bikes. (Oh poor Long Haul Trucker, I promise to ride you soon!) I've really gotten use and come to like it's long wheelbase and relaxed ride. And I've done a couple more things to make it better to me.
Yep, I put a Brooks saddle on it. It was inevitable, right? A Brooks ends up on all my bikes, eventually. I put the Avocet saddle through the test, and while I warmed up somewhat to it towards the end, in the end I wanted a Brooks. So I managed to snag a used B67 off Craigslist for only $60. (I have a $60 rule with used Brooks.) It is a bit worn, but not overly so. A bit stretched to, but I tightened it up.
And strapped to the Brooks is of course my older Carradice Nelson Longflap saddlebag. I think they look quite handsome together.
At this point, there's not much else I need or want to do to this bike. While dynamo lighting would be nice, the Cygolite is doing a good job for now. Dynolighting is on the long-range calendar. And I know I'll need to do something about the drivetrain at some point, but right now it's doing okay so I'll ride it some more until it really gives me grief. Beyond these two things, everything is minor, like getting new grips, or changing the kickstand, or overhauling wheels.
Now I need to actually get this bike on some dirt...