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Old 05-17-09, 09:27 AM
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Raleigh DL-1

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This is my Raleigh Tourist. I've been wanting to post several photo's but never had problems with my camera. I'd appreciate any comments on the bike, and the fact that I have left it completely alone vis-a-vis swapping parts etc...
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Old 05-17-09, 09:41 AM
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Nice! There a few of here with DL-1s. They're a lot of fun to ride once you get them going (although the rod brakes don't do much to stop them once they are so careful with that). From what I can tell, yours looks like it has a lot of originality. Is the headlamp functional? What year?
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1971. Yep, the lamp functions. The bike rides really nice especially if yer not riding uphill(or down).
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Old 05-17-09, 11:45 AM
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Very nice! It's unusual to find a full chaincase on the 1970s DL-1s. Are you in the US or did you buy it outside of the US and bring it in?

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It's a beautiful bike. I've got one, although I don't think mine is as old (I don't have the full chaincase) or in as nice shape.

They're fun bikes to ride. If you accept their limitations, they're even practical (after all, they were designed to be nothing but practical). You won't be going anywhere in a hurry (or stopping in a hurry). They weigh a ton, so if you live in a fifth-floor walkup, they're a pain. But they're extremely comfortable. And they're pretty much unbreakable.

Parts are out there. Yellow Jersey seems to have a pretty good selection. You can get the wear items (tires, tubes, brake pads) easily enough. You can even get replacement rims and brake parts.
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Old 05-17-09, 12:19 PM
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Catch up with Doohickie here on BF...he has a '65 and loves it (has posted it quite a few times).
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Old 05-17-09, 12:29 PM
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I don't know the original place it came from, however I bought it ten years ago from a famous net site, and it was a real mess. I straightened the mudguards and cleaned it a bit. I wanted it to be ridable, but a surviver. Oh, and you got me on the chaincase: I bought an original of the same vintage on eBay. I still have the hockey stick.
I have another in "showroom" condition. I will post a photo later today.
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Old 05-17-09, 12:40 PM
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Beautiful, The old Raleigh 3speeds are great bikes. I keep finding them in the wrong size (and gender) unfortunately.
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Old 05-17-09, 12:53 PM
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The other DL-1

Here's my newer DL-1. Great story with this one too: I was at a local flea-market, and I see a guy talking to the "bike guy" and he's got a DL-1 in perfect new condition he's trying to sell to the fellow. I walked back a couple of minutes later, and there's the bike sitting with the guys other bikes. I ask how much? And he says $100, so what the heck, I buy it(he paid $50 and so made 100% in two minutes). The bike was the smaller size, but I figured maybe I could use it for trade on one my size later. Literally TWO days later on the web, I find a guy with the exact same model except in the 24 in. size which is what I really wanted. He wants $450 dollars. I figure "what the heck" and go ahead and buy it. Literally (again) TWO days later a woman sees my smaller DL-1, and really really has to have it, so I say how about $500 bucks? She says "$450?" boom sold! So in the course of four days, I buy a DL-1 in showroom condition for one hundred bucks, find another Dl-1 in showroom condition for $450 and buy it, and then sell the first for $450 making my full sized, showroom condition DL-1 mine for a net $100. I was very happy. I wanted one for a long long time, and searching and waiting paid off.
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The red pinstriping is a nice touch.

Mine has a similar story. I went to guy's house to pick up a near new Brooks B66 saddle for $75 and got the rest of the bike it was on for another $25.
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