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Got a DL-1! (attn doohickie)

Old 11-27-09, 10:59 PM
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Got a DL-1! (attn doohickie)

I picked this up last weekend while on a little weekend vacation in the hill country. It is a DL-1, right? Quite clean with brand new Kenda tires. It got an instant approval from my gal and the $30 price tag didn't hurt. I had to go buy a crescent wrench at the Ace hardware so I could disassemble it enough so that it would fit in a Honda Civic for the 240 mile ride home. A couple of questions. Did I reassemble the rear triangle in the proper order? I really should have taken pictures before the teardown, but I had no clue that the stays came off the bike in such a manner. I have owned a few Sports, so this came as a surprise. Also, the AW hub only has stampings of 2 and 3 spaced rather far apart. Any help dating this one? Oh, it also came with a nice wicker basket that didn't make it back on for the pictures.
Doohickie alert! I live in the same town as you and I know you have a DL-1. I could use some help setting up the rod brakes as I took a very scary test ride without them. Those big 28" had me pushing 20mph before I knew it without a way to stop other than dragging my feet. Would you be down for an exchange of beverages of your choice for a rod brake tutorial?
Anyhow, here are the pics. Thanks for any and all help!


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Old 11-27-09, 11:06 PM
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Stays look to be in the proper order, though I cannot recall if there is supposed to be a washer behind the bolt (omitted in favor of the rack). It is, however, missing the rear axle adjuster nut and hardware (fits onto the back end of the dropout, through that threaded eyelet that sits on the axle).

Hub is a mis-stamped 72-3.

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Old 11-27-09, 11:22 PM
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They used rod brakes in '72?
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Old 11-27-09, 11:30 PM
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I think I Sheldon's site has a Raleigh Tourist shop manual scan from 78 (?) that still used rod brakes.
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Old 11-28-09, 12:12 AM
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Originally Posted by awc380 View Post
They used rod brakes in '72?
Authentic Raleigh DL-1 production ceased in 1986 with the closure of the South African factory, which I believe was the last to produce the DL-1. The following is a quote from an older (2000) post by ChrisR on Oldroads:

"The African bikes are every bit as nice quality wise as what left Nottingham, England. The diffrences are that the African built machines do not have the Sturmey-Archer 3 speed gear rather a coaster brake. This is because the 3 speed is expensive and I guess they are happy with the coaster brake hub. My mechanic mentioned something to me like "They do not want it going awry out in the middle of nowhere where you can't get replacement parts without a lot of bother" I told him I didn't think the A.W. hub was unreliable but he said "Even still, and also they can't afford it." Locking forks,Dynohubs and lights are not seen either(to my knowledge) perhaps for cost reasons. A rear rack is a must and is standard equipment. Most of these had an enclosed chainguard too. The tires were not your basic 28 X 1 1/2 but a more balloonish size. They were offering motorized DL1's in 1986 and this was really exciting to people I spoke to over there but Derby bought them up and stoped this, why I do not know. It was devestating to them, they went from this exciting project to having this particular factory closed and people lost jobs. paint colors were Black, Carmine red and they offered double top tube models. The ladies 26inch city bike was in blue. I am sure that they did chrome too but this was an added expense."
DL-1's were sold in the States until 1982, when the Huffy takeover took place. Raleigh was selling them as the Royal Roadster (alongside a 26"-wheeled Raleigh Dawn rebadged under the same model name) in the U.K. around the same period of time - the U.K. market probably retained the DL-1 for two or three years following its removal from the U.S. lineup.

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Old 11-28-09, 07:49 PM
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I think the bmx guys use a similar part for the axle adjuster, so you can still buy them pretty easily.
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Excellent catch! I can't wait to see it in person.

Here's a hint on the rod brakes: They suck. They are about half as effective as caliper brakes on a good day.

I love the bike. Love the loop frame. We'll have to get together; PM me.
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I have two of those axle adjusters. PM me if you want them.
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