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1979 Raleigh Roadster Tourist aka "Sir Ways A. Tonne"

Old 05-30-15, 12:30 PM
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1979 Raleigh Roadster Tourist aka "Sir Ways A. Tonne"

A longer term project for sure. Acquired from a friend of a relative recently, I had seen it last year but had trouble deciding if I wanted it at all and how much would I pay. https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...you-offer.html

$50 CDN later I have it at home and have committed to make it usable and presentable. Wish me luck!

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I've dubbed him "Sir Ways A. Tonne" to reflect the English heritage and the 40.5 lb measured weight! Because of an added tariff for over 40lbs most US models did not have the fully enclosed chain. This was not applicable in the Canadian market.

I will chronicle my trials and tribulations as I go along and I'm sure some of you will be there for "virtual assistance."
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Looks like tonnes o' fun. Do you have the top end of that hub speedo?
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Originally Posted by dweenk
Looks like tonnes o' fun. Do you have the top end of that hub speedo?
No sir I don't but I assumed it was a speedo or odometer of some sort.
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I ride a very similar 1979 version. You learn to work with the weight. It's worth it for the ride quality.
Lots of spares available, and do try the Kool-Stop brake pads.

Congrats!
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Congratulations, you're joining the DL-1 Tourist club only a week behind me. Great name too! You got a great deal as well, although yours doesn't include the plush mattress saddle (ewww) as I paid 2 fifths of Scotch more for mine. I lucked out as it was available only 4 blocks from the house.
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Originally Posted by oddjob2
Congratulations, you're joining the DL-1 Tourist club only a week behind me. Great name too! You got a great deal as well, although yours doesn't include the plush mattress saddle (ewww) as I paid 2 fifths of Scotch more for mine. I lucked out as it was available only 4 blocks from the house.
Good looking machine @oddjob2 . I notice right away it has less rust than mine. What make of pump is on it?
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That's from the 70's? It looks like it's from the Pliestocene :-D
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Originally Posted by Coreyk
I ride a very similar 1979 version. You learn to work with the weight. It's worth it for the ride quality.
Lots of spares available, and do try the Kool-Stop brake pads.

Congrats!
Do they have KoolStops that work with rod brakes?

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That's from the 70's? It looks like it's from the Pliestocene :-D
Why mess with success?
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Originally Posted by gna
Do they have KoolStops that work with rod brakes?
Kool Stop International - High Performance Bicycle Brake Pads Since 1977

In both black and salmon formulas, yet. I have a salmon set, and by Jove they do work.





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Mine, taken last wednesday. 1980 Nottingham serial number, 1979 date on the S-A AW hub.
Raleigh made these from 1911 to 1984.

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Originally Posted by Coreyk
Kool Stop International - High Performance Bicycle Brake Pads Since 1977

In both black and salmon formulas, yet. I have a salmon set, and by Jove they do work.





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Mine, taken last wednesday. 1980 Nottingham serial number, 1979 date on the S-A AW hub.
Raleigh made these from 1911 to 1984.
Just bloomin' beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration.
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Originally Posted by Coreyk
Kool Stop International - High Performance Bicycle Brake Pads Since 1977

In both black and salmon formulas, yet. I have a salmon set, and by Jove they do work.
Good to know. The one I had, the brakes weren't very good, especially when wet.




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Mine, taken last wednesday. 1980 Nottingham serial number, 1979 date on the S-A AW hub.
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Very nice.
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These bikes really are special. Mine is a 1973 model, all original. A totally different experience than other English 3 speeds or vintage American bikes.
True, I mostly ride this while I'm in Southern Florida and there are no hills to climb. Gears are all about the wind there
and 10 miles is a long ride on this bike. Still, it is so smooth and quiet and doesn't even tell you about small bumps and
lumpy pavement. It's a pleasure to ride in many ways. I am considering a 22t cog on the hub. Right now, I ride in normal
and use the underdrive for head winds. Overdrive is usless to me. Geared down, the overdrive would become my normal and
I would have 2 lower gears to cope with a headwind and a strong headwind. I figure I'd have 3 useful ratios instead of just 2.
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gah.. i love these bikes, i found a 40 dollar barn find, that i restored. you can follow the process on this thread, and last year i acquired a 68 DL1 that had some damage, a tree branch had fallen on it and bent the handlebars, also the fenders are rotted out, it was at our coop waiting to be stripped and recycled when a local college kid came in and recognized it, he wanted to buy it for just the hubs, i offered to cut the hubs out if he would let me have the rest, he agreed and now its a long term project sitting in my basement. still waiting to pull the trigger on purchasing the reproduction stuff from Yellow Jersey. but i have since had the hubs rebuilt, so i'm almost there
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For a short time, I commuted on a 1970s lady's DL-1, which I had found in someone's trash. I liked the bike a lot, and my commute is relatively short, but the rod brakes in urban stop-and-go riding, particularly when I was late for a meeting and really pushing that old rig, well, let's just say I recognized my mortality and switched to a different bike.
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Originally Posted by Coreyk
I ride a very similar 1979 version. You learn to work with the weight. It's worth it for the ride quality.
True. It's like riding a Cadillac. And the weight isn't that bad once you get spun up. In fact, those heavy rims give you a lot of angular (spinning) momentum, so once you get up to speed it's quite easy to hold it.


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Mine's a 1966 I think (12/65 hub date, non-standard frame serial number). Note the "hockey stick" chain guard; I believe the U.S. imports required the bikes to come in at under 50 lb. or something like that, so they had to save a bit of weight here and there.
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Originally Posted by browngw
Good looking machine @oddjob2 . I notice right away it has less rust than mine. What make of pump is on it?
It is an unbranded generic pump

Originally Posted by Coreyk
Kool Stop International - High Performance Bicycle Brake Pads Since 1977

In both black and salmon formulas, yet. I have a salmon set, and by Jove they do work.





DL-1_flowers by klorpus, on Flickr

Mine, taken last wednesday. 1980 Nottingham serial number, 1979 date on the S-A AW hub.
Raleigh made these from 1911 to 1984.
That's a handsome DL-1. Where does one find cream tires in the appropriate size?

Originally Posted by Doohickie
True. It's like riding a Cadillac. And the weight isn't that bad once you get spun up. In fact, those heavy rims give you a lot of angular (spinning) momentum, so once you get up to speed it's quite easy to hold it.
I hope @Doohickie meant a vintage Cadillac! The new ones are quite different.

I just mounted a Brooks Flyer and had to add a soda can shim around the seat post. My impression of ride quality is more like a 1970's Lincoln Continental, loosy/goosy ride and understeers like crazy. Brakes, what brakes? Will order my first set of Kool Stops ever.
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This is really great. I didn't know there were many Roadster fans besides me out there. So...I'm not crazy after all.
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don't want to jack the thread, but i need some input, replacement fenders at yellow jersey are nice, 50 bucks, and come close to matching the vintage. I found these on my local CL today for 20 bucks, would it be sacrilege to put them on a DL-1?



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Do you think anyone in Rochester is going to send the Raleigh Police after you? The real question is, will they fit the ginormous tires?
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Here is my DL-1 again with a quick 30 minute fluff and a Brooks Flyer. I could get the white paint streak off the TT, but it is too close to the red pinstripe.
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Originally Posted by oddjob2
Do you think anyone in Rochester is going to send the Raleigh Police after you? The real question is, will they fit the ginormous tires?
i'm not worried so much about the purists, just want it to look a little right , given the struts are similar on the CL fenders and the yellow jersey replicas, they would probably look the same. The ad states that they will fit 28" wheels, heres hoping !
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i'm not worried so much about the purists, just want it to look a little right , given the struts are similar on the CL fenders and the yellow jersey replicas, they would probably look the same. The ad states that they will fit 28" wheels, heres hoping !
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It's in pieces so, it would be difficult, plus I don't have it with me at work.
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Originally Posted by GordoTrek
i'm not worried so much about the purists, just want it to look a little right , given the struts are similar on the CL fenders and the yellow jersey replicas, they would probably look the same. The ad states that they will fit 28" wheels, heres hoping !
I think I'm all that's left of the Raleigh police force, and I moved away from Rochester in '81. If they fit, they'll look fine, even if not exactly "right".
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thanks for the input i've contacted the seller, hopefully i will grab them soon
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