Dick and I purchased new 3-speed automatic shift Raleigh bicycles today from Cycle Path and Paddle in Crosby, Minnesota. I love their retro look and wide comfy seats. It's difficult to see in the photo, but the color of Dick's bike is a dark green. All I need now is a basket to attach to my front handlebars to carry a little picnic lunch. We didn't want any higher than 3-speed because it means having to pedal harder to get through the gears. We also like that we don't need to manually shift into different gears. We can just enjoy the scenery.
... and what scenery we did enjoy. To test ride the bikes, we first rented them and rode for 11 miles on the Cuyuna Bike Trail in Crosby.
The paved trail winds by beautiful lakes created when deep pits resulted from mining iron ore years ago. Mature trees surround the lakes with not a house in sight, since the land is owned by the DNR. We spent the most wonderful early autumn afternoon.