The Mayor’s New Ride

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Ride like the Mayor on a Raleigh Detour Deluxe. Photo courtesy of

Last month, Seattle’s bike-riding Mayor became a victim of bicycle theft. After donating his beloved Trek 700 commuter to charity, he borrowed his wife’s bike until he found a new bike.

On the morning of February 24th, he had ridden his bike to work as he does many mornings but when he returned to the garage after work the bike was missing.

He has since bought a new bike from Recycled Cycles, the U-District bike shop McGinn prefers for his biking needs.

His new ride is a Raleigh Detour Deluxe.

Made of Butted Chromoly with DNC dropouts, the bike features an integrated pannier rack, Shimano 8 speed triggers, Shimano Roller Brakes and Dynamo generator lights.

“This is the first new bike I have bought since I was 16,” McGinn said.  “It’s a nice, affordable commuter, although I would have preferred disc brakes.”

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9 Responses to The Mayor’s New Ride

  1. Angry Sam says:

    He should have gotten a Kona. For about the same price, he could have had a lighter commuter bike with disc brakes made by a local-ish company. Then again, the Mayor hasn’t exhibited the best bicycle-related decision making of late.

    • Eric says:

      Raleigh USA is just as local as Kona. Raleigh USA headquarters are in Kent. Their frames are made overseas, but so are Kona’s. In fact, they could even be made in the same factory in Taiwan. I am pretty sure there are only a handful of factories making decent bike frames over there. The more local choice would have been someone like Baron Bikes, but Baron seems to be a little more performance focused than Mr. Mayor was looking for. It also appears to be outside of his budget.

  2. daisy says:

    Nice simple clean bike, good choice! The “roller brakes” are on the very weak side and just changing to a Sturmey Archer on the front will help big time and retain dynamo power.

  3. eliathah says:

    He needs to slap on a vuelta wheelset

  4. Dan O says:

    It’s just cool that he’s promoting riding itself – no matter what brand he’s on.

  5. Karl C says:

    I agree with Dan.
    Nice to see Mayor McGinn is on the team!

  6. james in the CD says:

    hopefully, he also invested in a bike lock.

  7. JohnH says:

    Hizhonor’s bike comes with an integrated rear-wheel lock. Also an integrated pannier frame. Not a bad city bike at all, though I would be leery of those brakes on Seattle hills.

  8. Bart says:

    The only question I have, was the bike locked up before it was stolen? I ride to work, but wouldn’t think of NOT locking my bike, even though the access is controlled.

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