Has anyone done a hub conversion on a DL1?
I have 2 and was thinking/daydreaming about doing a hub conversion on one...maybe even daring something like a modern Shimano Inter-8 internal 8 speed hub. Logisics got me thinking about possible doing a Sturmey swap to a 4, 5 or more speed. I'll own both bikes forever but want to make one more user friendly (I'm towing my kids with it) and thought it might be a fun project. I don't need original, I need icing on the cake...
I've sent Sheldon Brown an email...he said "possible, not easy." There's frame bending and I need to find a 36 spoke wheel just to start. I found a wheel in England for about $20 new...unless someone can beat that here state-side.
Random side-note, does anyone know anything about Three Spires (forgive the spelling if I have it wrong, I haven't seen it in a few years...it's on loan to a friend who lives across the country) bikes. I have a 1952 version that has Raleigh of Nottingham markings on it, specifically the front chain ring.
'81 & '76 DL1, '52 Three Spires, '54 Robin Hood, '77 Raliegh Sports