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Old 11-15-10, 09:17 AM   #1
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Parts for DL-1?

I seem to have acquired a DL-1 frame, and I need a lot of stuff:

fenders (ahem, mudguards)
28" rims for rod brakes
a few of the rod brake assembly components
(I'd also like to have the full chaincase even though that was not orig spec)

Also, other stuff that's more standard (saddle, seatpost, grips, etc.)

My first thought was just to buy a whole Eastman roadster from Yellow Jersey, but it looks like they're not ordering them anymore, and the spare parts are pretty spendy.

Any place besides YJ importing the Eastman? Ideas for other places to look? (if anyone has any of this stuff they might be willing to part with, let me know)
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Old 11-15-10, 09:22 AM   #2
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Oops. I meant to post this in C&V proper!
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Old 11-15-10, 11:03 AM   #3
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You'll want alloy rims. Pashley can source them.

Planet Bike Cascadia fenders are appropriate for DL-1 restoration.

A full chaincase can be bought off the UK eBay.

Schwalbe makes creme tires in the 40-635 size.

Forget hard to find rod brakes. I recommend drum brakes which provide reliable all weather stopping power and give the bike a cleaner look.

Nitto Albatross bars for the stately look. Grips are hard to find. If Hunt Wilde retailers or Harris Cyclery don't have them stocked, Brooks leather grips give a good "period" appearance to a DL-1.

All of which amounts to a considerable project. I'd recommend selling the frame and buying with the cash a Pashley Sovereign roadster. You'd get a bike that has everything you're looking for in a roadster.
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You'll want alloy rims. Pashley can source them.

Planet Bike Cascadia fenders are appropriate for DL-1 restoration.

A full chaincase can be bought off the UK eBay.

Schwalbe makes creme tires in the 40-635 size.

Forget hard to find rod brakes. I recommend drum brakes which provide reliable all weather stopping power and give the bike a cleaner look.

Nitto Albatross bars for the stately look. Grips are hard to find. If Hunt Wilde retailers or Harris Cyclery don't have them stocked, Brooks leather grips give a good "period" appearance to a DL-1.

All of which amounts to a considerable project. I'd recommend selling the frame and buying with the cash a Pashley Sovereign roadster. You'd get a bike that has everything you're looking for in a roadster.
Sounds like a great project Eric. I have a few sources in the UK that might be able to help you with the wheels, fenders, rod brakes and other bits. It's surprising what is available over there. That DL-1 is worthy of a true restoration, not piecing it back together with Planet Bike plastic fenders and Nitto bars.

While the Pashley Sovereign roadster is a nice looking bike, it's not a vintage roadster and at a cost of approximately $900 to $1,000, it might be over your budget. And i seriously doubt that you could get that amount for the DL-1 frame.
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