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APOLLO GT - INTRO

FINDING THE APOLLO GT

BUILDING THE APOLLO GT

RIDING THE APOLLO GT

 

BICYCLES OF JAPAN

 

RIDING THE APOLLO GRAN TOURISTE

All in all, the Apollo Gran Touriste is a beautiful bicycle to behold.  The ride is no less impressive, however; I did not like the feel of the tires.  The bicycle accelerated well and tracked like a train.  That king of handling was not what I am used to, though.  The Apollo is a touring bicycle, designed for long hauls and heavy loads.  With these design intentions in mind, I guess that I can live with the slight sluggish feel when cornering at lower speeds.  Other than that, if I had more room, the Apollo would still live in Thunder Bay, keeping other nice bicycles company in The Old Shed.  It really is a nice bicycle.

When I purchased the Apollo, I intended to sell the bicycle and that is, pretty much, what I did.  Once checked over, I fitted my pedals and took the bike out for a couple of hours, just to ensure that all was well.  Actually, I also wanted to see, if I could talk myself into keeping this lovely old road bike.

Riding a vintage road bicycle, for such a short time, is no way to get to know the bike.  To really understand a bicycle's vices and virtues, one must spend a good part of a season putting the bicycle though its paces.  I did not do this with the Apollo Gran Touriste.  Had I not been in the process of downsizing my bicycle collection, I might have kept the Apollo, for the balance of the season.  The again, I am not a touring rider.  I consider myself lucky, to be able to spend a complete afternoon on a ride, a couple of times a week.  The Apollo was built for much longer hauls than that.

The fellow, who bought the bicycle from me, was quite pleased with his purchase, commenting on how good of condition the bicycle was in.  I cannot help but believe that he and the Gran Touriste will see a great many miles together, in days to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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