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Frame sizes on vintage 3 speeds.

Old 05-12-15, 03:31 PM
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Frame sizes on vintage 3 speeds.

In my quest for one of my "Grail" bikes-a Raleigh DL-1 in 22" frame, I note that so many of the older-say pre 1950s-3 speeds seem to have oversized frames. I tried a 24" DL-1-too big for me, I am 5"10", 30" inseam. Anyone have any insight ?
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You're on the right path for a 22" frame. I'm surprised you're finding tall older bikes as people were generally not as tall as boomers born post WWII.
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As I recall, there were not many frame size choices for many of the vintage 3 speeds (Raleigh being the exception in their dealer stores). If you bought a British or Austrian made 3 speed from a department or auto parts store, there was usually one size for the men's frame and a slightly smaller size for the ladies frame.
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