I recently picked up a 1960 Dunelt Fleur-de-Lys, one of the last of the Birmingham Dunelts. It's a lovely old thing with gold paint and a silver head tube, Dunlop Special Lightweight rims, Campy Gran Sport rear derailleur, 531 butted tubing and so on. I have cleaned it up a bit, cleaned and repacked all the bearings, and have been riding it a few miles a day, just so we can get to know each other.
Does anybody know about these bikes? I think it's pretty rare. I read another posting from somebody who had a later Fleur-de-Lys than mine with plain gauge 531, but haven't heard from anybody who has one like this one. I think it's a 1960 because the crank axle is stamped "6-60". It rides very well, but I would like to find some lighter, period cranks (it has steel Williams, 46/49) with a smaller chainring. I am no Lance Armstrong and we have a lot of hills around here. I have changed the freewheel for a modern one with a 28-tooth gear, so that has helped. Does anybody have something lighter with fewer teeth? Ideally, I would like to find a cottered alloy crankset, but I know--good luck, right?
I would also very much like to find any original Dunelt literature that mentions this cycle. I have two other Dunelts, sort of by coincidence. One is a prewar boy's bike with 24" Westrick rims, coaster and rod brake combo, and the other is a 1966 DL-1 equivalent with rod brakes, 28" wheels, etc. I like riding that one.
I have some NOS Bluemels Popular fenders, two with Phillips badging, for sale or trade, along with several sets of NOS Christophe toe clips and quite a few other cool thing, now that I think of it.
I think I am going to keep this one (as if I need another bike---sheesh!).