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Old 05-21-07, 10:28 PM   #1
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Raleigh DL-1

I have a Raleigh DL-1. I would like to find out more about the bike. In good condition, is this bike worth anything? Please let me know if you have any info. Thanks.












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Old 05-22-07, 04:55 AM   #2
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Looks like a DL-1 to me. I have two more or less just like it. Yours needs careful cleaning, but looks intact.
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Deffinately a DL-1 / "Tourist". DL-22 was the ladies model, no?
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Old 05-22-07, 11:56 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info, correction was made, is the bike (with a careful cleaning) worth anything. What do you recommend for the rust?
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Old 05-23-07, 09:33 AM   #5
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Use copper wool to clean the rust. If you must use steel wool clean it afterwards very carefully, and do not scrub hard, the steel wool will scratch the chrome. Use black shoe polish, preferably Kiwi to clean and shine the paint. Be prepared to pass out when you see how well the black shoe polish will bring up the finish. Just use it like you would car polish, but buff it afterward with a soft cloth. If you must use polishing cream, use the black shoe polish afterwards. You'll be very very happy.
Most of the chrome bits will probably clean up very nicely. Use proof hide on the saddle. You can also use liquid leather dressings to jazz up the tired leather.
Value? in the condition you have there about $125-$250 depending on how baddly someone wants a Tourist.
It doesn't look to be in bad shape at all. Should restore very nicely. It's nicer than my older one.
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Old 05-23-07, 09:35 AM   #6
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Oh, also I have the complete brake assembly front and rear for that bike should you need it. I would be happy to trade for something, or whatever to help restore another DL-1
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Including the handle bars, stirrups, rods, yokes, fulcrums, brake pads, everything.
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Old 05-23-07, 01:17 PM   #8
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What year is it and where can I find a frame or ID number?
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Old 05-23-07, 01:22 PM   #9
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The rear Sturmey Archer hub will have a date stamp with year and month of manufacturer. Assuming that's the original rear wheel, that's the age of your bike. I'd guess based on the style of decals that it's mid 1960s but with a replacement shifter trigger (which is a later model).

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They are sweet, wonderful bikes and worth tearing down and restoring - if complete. If not complete, they can get a bit expensive.

If nothing else, riding one for awhile will give you a very good indication of how one rode back in Edwardian times. Very lazy angles to the frame, a real comfortable commuter. Getting tyres for it could be a problem though, as memory tell me that the wheels are 28" clinchers.
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