So new tires have been ordered for The Old Gentleman, my Raleigh DL-1 Tourist. Thanks for all the help and suggestions on finding 28" tires.
I decided to take the tires off in preparation. Pulled the wheels off, trued the rims (as best I could) and tonight I cleaned up the bike.
This bike is over 40 years old. As far as I can tell, everything is original except for one of the two tires (and that tube), which were replaced by a previous owner, and the shifter cable and saddle bag (which I replaced). Everything else is original- the chain, everything.
Yeah, it weighs 40 lb. (maybe not quite that much, but could be)... it's a tank. But this bike will likely still be in working order with most of its original components long after the vast majority of 15 lb. road bikes sold this year have worn out or broken into carbon fiber splinters.
I can admire current road bikes. I can appreciate the design considerations that produce such light bikes that go so fast. But I have no desire to own one. Give me steel. Give me cogs and chains that last 40 years. Give me a classic.