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Old 01-18-12, 01:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Harlan
Not sure of the year. Free as in I traded a free mtb for it.
Check the date code on the hub... Should be two digits indicating the year followed by some space and than another one or two digits which are the month. Examples below.


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Originally Posted by noglider
I think it's from the early 60's. And it's an incredible specimen.

I had a customer in a bike shop whose hard pedaling damaged the hub, but I was able to fix it. He was very large, and he looked strong. We had not changed the sprocket, but I think his mass made up for it. But I've only seen this once, so yes, I wouldn't worry. I'm about to put a 24T, and I'm going to ignore the advice and stand on the pedals. I'm 175 lbs, I climb fairly steep hills, and I might be towing some big loads, so it should be a good test.

It's fine that direct drive can withstand more torque, but I normally apply the most torque in low gear.
Tom, do you mean to tell me you still haven't put that cog onto a hub yet? C'mon, get with it man!!!
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April '69, sorry I've been out of the Sports game for a while.

Got it from a local guy who restores Sports', has a garage full.

Might be '59, gotta check again.

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^^ Judging by the graphics as shown on The Headbadge website, I'm saying late 60's. The 50's would have had different graphics I believe.
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Originally Posted by Harlan
Got myself a sports today for a broken arm cruiser. Cream tires eventually. I'm happy since it was free.
free? aww man, no fair
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Here's my Raleigh DL-1 I finished back in the summer

I happened to be lucky enough to pick up 2 DL-1's back in the summer. A matched pair, one being a ladies model. I finished the restoration on both, but have never shown them. Thought everyone here might like a look-see.

It's unusual to find one of these in the Atlanta area. The couple I bought them from moved down here about 10 years ago from NJ. They rode them once and decided it was way too hilly for these heavy bikes. True enough, their neighborhood was very hilly, but the bikes also had the original 18 tooth cogs on them. I changed them both over to 24. Helped a great deal with the hills.

Here's the bike as I bought if off of CL for $75.


Here is all the components torn down, cleaned, polished, and ready to go back on.




A poor mans bike stand.


I think she came out pretty good.










This rack is the one that goes on the Pashley Roadster. Fits perfectly.


It took a while getting them both done, but I've really enjoyed this bike. It always gets a lot of attention when I stop by the bike shop that's on the local bike trail. I ride it to breakfast frequently too and park it outside the local diner. I keep an eye on it through the windows. There's always someone stopping to look at it. Hope everyone here enjoyed seeing it.
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Lucky Chow... that DL1 looks better than it did when it rolled out of the Raleigh factory.

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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver
Lucky Chow... that DL1 looks better than it did when it rolled out of the Raleigh factory.
Thanks Sixty Fiver! I had a good time doing it.
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver
Lucky Chow... that DL1 looks better than it did when it rolled out of the Raleigh factory.
Yes indeed!

How much would you charge to redo mine?

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Originally Posted by LuckyChow99
I happened to be lucky enough to pick up 2 DL-1's back in the summer. A matched pair, one being a ladies model. I finished the restoration on both, but have never shown them. Thought everyone here might like a look-see.

It's unusual to find one of these in the Atlanta area. The couple I bought them from moved down here about 10 years ago from NJ. They rode them once and decided it was way too hilly for these heavy bikes. True enough, their neighborhood was very hilly, but the bikes also had the original 18 tooth cogs on them. I changed them both over to 24. Helped a great deal with the hills.

Here's the bike as I bought if off of CL for $75.


Here is all the components torn down, cleaned, polished, and ready to go back on.


A poor mans bike stand.

I think she came out pretty good.

This rack is the one that goes on the Pashley Roadster. Fits perfectly.

It took a while getting them both done, but I've really enjoyed this bike. It always gets a lot of attention when I stop by the bike shop that's on the local bike trail. I ride it to breakfast frequently too and park it outside the local diner. I keep an eye on it through the windows. There's always someone stopping to look at it. Hope everyone here enjoyed seeing it.
That is a beauty of a bike! It is nice to hear that it gets so much attention. It is very deserving. Do you know what year it is?

I'm glad to know the Pashley rack fits. I'm filing that info for future reference.
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Photogravity, it is a 1974 model.

CB400bill, the bag is from Rivendell. I believe it is a Nigel Smythe SaddleSack .
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Beautiful DL1! And I'm liking the proportions of the Pashley rack vs the presstube or other vintage racks.

Is the rear wheel lock an addition? I'd expect to see that feature on a non-American-market DL1.
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Beautiful DL1! And I'm liking the proportions of the Pashley rack vs the presstube or other vintage racks.

Is the rear wheel lock an addition? I'd expect to see that feature on a non-American-market DL1.
Yes, I added the wheel lock. I like them a lot for casual bikes.
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Awesome bike... where can I find a pump like yours for my vintage 3 speed? TIA.
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This rack is the one that goes on the Pashley Roadster. Fits perfectly.


Great job, that's an absolutely lovely DL-1. Is the Pashley rack/stand attached using the axle nuts? I've got a DL-1 project that I need to get moving on...one of these days!
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Originally Posted by folderfan550
This rack is the one that goes on the Pashley Roadster. Fits perfectly.


Great job, that's an absolutely lovely DL-1. Is the Pashley rack/stand attached using the axle nuts? I've got a DL-1 project that I need to get moving on...one of these days!
Yes, as I recall, it slips over the axle stud. Both the Pashley Roadster and the DL-1 have 28" wheels, so the rack is porportioned nicely for the bike. I'm sure you noticed that it also has a built in stand, which I also like. If you didn't want to use the stand, it can be removed easily by drilling out the press-fit rivet that holds it on. This rack fits this bike almost perfectly.
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Awesome bike... where can I find a pump like yours for my vintage 3 speed? TIA.
Diegoenusa, if I told you, there'd be a line! LOL

Just kidding. I wish I knew. This particular pump actually came off the ladies DL-1 I have. The mans bike was missing the pump. I'd like to pick up another one to complete the ladies.
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Originally Posted by diegoenusa
Awesome bike... where can I find a pump like yours for my vintage 3 speed? TIA.
Google "Sunlite frame pump"

Go for the 16" version. The 9" one is too small.

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Where did you order the Pashley rack from? I am going to be getting to my DL-1 in the spring and I think that would be an awesome addition.

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Originally Posted by wahoonc
Where did you order the Pashley rack from? I am going to be getting to my DL-1 in the spring and I think that would be an awesome addition.

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Just to let you know, Gilbert told me this one was his last one. I believe he said he'd ordered 10 of them a couple years ago. So, you might give him a call and see if he is thinking about ordering more. Perhaps, someone should try to set up a group buy if there is enough interest. North Road Bicycle Imports is a Pashley dealer.
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Originally Posted by LuckyChow99
NORTH ROAD BICYCLE IMPORTS
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Just to let you know, Gilbert told me this one was his last one. I believe he said he'd ordered 10 of them a couple years ago. So, you might give him a call and see if he is thinking about ordering more. Perhaps, someone should try to set up a group buy if there is enough interest. North Road Bicycle Imports is a Pashley dealer.
I am going to consider stomping on Gilbert's arches the next time I am up there. I know him (not well) and he is aware of the fact I have a DL-1...

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Put a 20t cog on my black sports, thing is rockin' now! Will make its own thread once I put some tires on it. Thinking cream deltas.
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