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Old 07-15-11, 02:55 PM
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I try to apply the maxim of one pint for every ten miles... and that ain't Snapple!
My problem is; it is currently is 12 miles to the nearest watering hole...and they don't serve pints

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I intend to test fit the screw-chaincase-nut combination before epoxying the nut to the frame and file off the excess screw that shows, maybe with the addition of a washer. I've done something similar to a daruma bolt on another bike so that the tires could squeeze under the fork crown.
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"Pints?! It comes in pints?"

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^Great looking bike! I just bought one that looks nearly identical. Which, as a matter of fact, I have a question about....

So last Sunday I went to the flea market looking for another 3 speed, preferably in black. Lo and behold, there one was, a great looking and rust-free 1970 Raleigh Sports with all original components (including tires). In my giddy excitement, after giving it a quick ride, I threw down $30 and headed home.

Unfortunately, when I took a closer look I started to notice some issues. For one thing, there is a large kink in the handlebar. I don't know how I missed it earlier but it needs to be replaced (which also requires replacing the stem). There is also a bend in the front brake caliper that I am not sure I can straighten out. The bolt attaching the brake to the frame is also crooked. It is missing the rear reflector. The leather on the Brooks saddle is in beautiful condition, but one of the metal coils underneath has snapped (it is still rideable though, but shucks!).

Anyway....I also have a 1976 Raleigh-built Phillips 3-speed that I recently fixed up (I posted a pic a couple weeks ago). It looks and rides great, but it is definitely not as cool as the Raleigh.

I am trying to decide whether or not it makes sense for me to strip the Phillips of parts for the Raleigh, but I am hesitant to do so since the Phillips now looks and rides great. What should I do? I know that these bikes don't have much monetary value, but from a 'collectors' point of view, how much better is a 1970 Raleigh Sports than a 1976 Phillips? Would it just be better for me to hope to find another 3-speed to take parts from?
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Originally Posted by Brynley
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I am trying to decide whether or not it makes sense for me to strip the Phillips of parts for the Raleigh, but I am hesitant to do so since the Phillips now looks and rides great. What should I do? I know that these bikes don't have much monetary value, but from a 'collectors' point of view, how much better is a 1970 Raleigh Sports than a 1976 Phillips? Would it just be better for me to hope to find another 3-speed to take parts from?

I'd look for another donor bike to fix up the Raleigh vs cannibalizing your nice Phillips.
Likely you can find a parts bike for a low price, because they made so many, and many people did not take such especial care of them.
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Check out this posting from the Appraisal forum - (perhaps one of you can provide additional input to the OP.)
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hello everyone,

I'm having a hard time finding 650A Panaracer Cul De La Vie tires for my
Raleigh sports here in the U.S.
Anyone know who has any in stock? Longleaf has one, I need 2
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Harris claims to have them. Call and see if they are really in stock.
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Originally Posted by Amesja
Harris claims to have them. Call and see if they are really in stock.
I tried that, too, but when you click on "Add to cart," they're listed as out of stock. I'd also suggest calling Harris and/or Longleaf and asking when they'll be re-stocked. I've only ridden those tires briefly, but they seemed very nice (and I've ridden the 650B version extensively and like them).

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Up until this thread I didn't even realize they were even available for 590 rims. Isn't this the singular tire that is causing so many people to want to convert their bikes to 650B just to use it?
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Originally Posted by Amesja
Up until this thread I didn't even realize they were even available for 590 rims. Isn't this the singular tire that is causing so many people to want to convert their bikes to 650B just to use it?
You're likely referring to the Grand Bois Hetre. Folks are having custom bikes built around that tire.



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Oh, yeah. Thanks Neil. I tend to lump all tires that are >$25 into the same box in my head: Too rich for my blood.
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Originally Posted by nlerner
I tried that, too, but when you click on "Add to cart," they're listed as out of stock. I'd also suggest calling Harris and/or Longleaf and asking when they'll be re-stocked. I've only ridden those tires briefly, but they seemed very nice (and I've ridden the 650B version extensively and like them).
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Called Longleaf... He said there's only one distributer bringing them to the U.S. &
He has no idea when they'll get more in.
I'm guessing it's because 590 is not a popular size rather than anything to do with the
earthquake, because 650B tires are easy to get.

Didn't realize how hard it was going to be finding good quality 650A rubber.
Panaracers, Schwalbe, & even Michelin World Tours are all -OUT OF STOCK

I wanted "nothing but the best" for this Raleigh,but it looks like el cheapo tires for it
until the hipsters decide 650A is the new "in" tire.
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The Kenda K40's are actually pretty darn nice tires if you ask me. And for >$20 for the pair shipped you can't complain about the price.
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Some please stop me!

I am considering buying a 70's Raleigh DL-1 Tourist. The bike is good condition except for the following: the Brooks saddle and seat post have been replaced with an entirely inappropriate aluminum post and padded hybrid looking saddle, the tires are original but had no air and have cracking in the sides, the gear shifter has been replaced with a modern type SA shifter. The paint is good and the chrome is good. The hub appears original but I did not see a date on it. I did not ride it though I did straddle it. The bike is slightly too big for me. I ride a large Sports model but the top tube on this one encroaches on my junk, but just barely, but I feel its presence. The top tube is higher than large Sports. The seller is asking $300 which is out of the question. I don't really need another bike but I was kind of intrigued with the slacker looking geometry of seat and fork tubes and 28" wheels. In this part of the country one does not come upon these very often. Given the nice paint and chrome I am considering offering $220, though that may be insulting to him. To make the bike right will take some work and money. I have an old Brooks 66 that I retired because its torn but is still comfortable. I have a seat post and extra gear shift mechanism. I did not try to pump the tires to see if they still hold air but they might and it will probably make the top tube still higher. The pump and saddle bag are gone.

Any comments?
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Originally Posted by Schwinnsta
Some please stop me!

I am considering buying a 70's Raleigh DL-1 Tourist. The bike is good condition except for the following: the Brooks saddle and seat post have been replaced with an entirely inappropriate aluminum post and padded hybrid looking saddle, the tires are original but had no air and have cracking in the sides, the gear shifter has been replaced with a modern type SA shifter. The paint is good and the chrome is good. The hub appears original but I did not see a date on it. I did not ride it though I did straddle it. The bike is slightly too big for me. I ride a large Sports model but the top tube on this one encroaches on my junk, but just barely, but I feel its presence. The top tube is higher than large Sports. The seller is asking $300 which is out of the question. I don't really need another bike but I was kind of intrigued with the slacker looking geometry of seat and fork tubes and 28" wheels. In this part of the country one does not come upon these very often. Given the nice paint and chrome I am considering offering $220, though that may be insulting to him. To make the bike right will take some work and money. I have an old Brooks 66 that I retired because its torn but is still comfortable. I have a seat post and extra gear shift mechanism. I did not try to pump the tires to see if they still hold air but they might and it will probably make the top tube still higher. The pump and saddle bag are gone.

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Worth what you are willing to pay for it. Got pictures? They made them up until 1984 IIRC.

I think I paid about $135 for mine but had to travel ~1,000 miles (one way) to pick it up, fortunately my company paid for the trip

Sounds like this one needs a bit of work to bring it back up to par. Decide how much it is worth to you and if you are willing to pay and play or wait for something else to come down the pike. I like mine a lot, don't ride it much at the moment, but when I do I remember why I bought it.

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The men's DL-1 comes in 2 sizes: 22" and 24". You may be looking at the 24", but may prefer a 22". The men's 22" is actually the easiest DL-1 to find from what I have noticed, so maybe you want to get one that fits you better in the end? You may want to measure the one you are looking at to be sure. The prices on these things are all over the place. It is worth what you want to pay for it.
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Hi all - quick question for the experts...I have a 1969 Raleigh Superbe with the orginial Brooks saddle...problem is...the saddle is fried beyond hope, so much so that I can't even tell what model it is...would this year and model call for a B66?

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Originally Posted by ohjonnybegoode
Hi all - quick question for the experts...I have a 1969 Raleigh Superbe with the orginial Brooks saddle...problem is...the saddle is fried beyond hope, so much so that I can't even tell what model it is...would this year and model call for a B66?

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Does the saddle have springs? If so, it's a B-66, which is what came on the Superbe.

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Originally Posted by Schwinnsta
Some please stop me!

I am considering buying a 70's Raleigh DL-1 Tourist. The bike is good condition except for the following: the Brooks saddle and seat post have been replaced with an entirely inappropriate aluminum post and padded hybrid looking saddle, the tires are original but had no air and have cracking in the sides, the gear shifter has been replaced with a modern type SA shifter. The paint is good and the chrome is good. The hub appears original but I did not see a date on it. I did not ride it though I did straddle it. The bike is slightly too big for me. I ride a large Sports model but the top tube on this one encroaches on my junk, but just barely, but I feel its presence. The top tube is higher than large Sports. The seller is asking $300 which is out of the question. I don't really need another bike but I was kind of intrigued with the slacker looking geometry of seat and fork tubes and 28" wheels. In this part of the country one does not come upon these very often. Given the nice paint and chrome I am considering offering $220, though that may be insulting to him. To make the bike right will take some work and money. I have an old Brooks 66 that I retired because its torn but is still comfortable. I have a seat post and extra gear shift mechanism. I did not try to pump the tires to see if they still hold air but they might and it will probably make the top tube still higher. The pump and saddle bag are gone.

Any comments?
I have a 24" Dl-1. I paid close to the amount your considering offering and am happy I bought it! Though it seemed like a lot at the time, I now ride it daily and love it to death.

Would you be interested in taking it for for a ride? If so, Send me an email.
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Lots of nice bikes in this thread, figured I would add mine. It is an early 50s Norman Invader, needs a B-17 saddle as the one on it is very dried out and cracked, also new cable housing. This bike has a Hercules 3 speed which does not appear to be original nor do the Weinmann aluminum rims.
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Originally Posted by glenmaki
Lots of nice bikes in this thread, figured I would add mine. It is an early 50s Norman Invader, needs a......
... We're looking forward to seeing this one again after it's been rehabbed - You might even consider a half-wrap of the bars with some cloth tape (like in the catalog illustrations) for added cool factor.
(- Not this this bike needs much more cool factor. )
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Raleigh DL-1 '80

It is taking me a long time to tune this up...every time I "take it around the block" for a shake-down cruise I end up riding, and riding, and riding...

Very much appreciate the information on DL-1's in the archives. These bikes do have their quirks.


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Very nice looking? Is that the 24" frame?
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