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Some more Raleigh DL-1 photos - can't help myself!

These are the first "scenic" photos I took of my DL-1 since I recently cleaned it up. What can I say, this has been on my want list for the past two years and it's hard to not overdo it. I was on my way home from work and went out of my way to go to an 80 year old local bakery. I was after the best Italian bread in Canton.

This lot was nice... but it is deep into a bad part of town. Bordering this vacant lot on all sides are boarded up and burned out shells of homes.

I added one of those 5 dollar pumps and a cheapo bag I had on hand. I might add a mud flap, but that depends whether this bike will see rain or not.


Brooks saddles just look so nice after they age. I have two that aged from black into this great brown color:


These "DARE" grips look super cool. I wouldn't call them comfortable though.


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Original tires AND original tube. I have two backups waiting for the day this one goes.




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Those are the "nice" photos, this bike has it's share of patina and I am embracing it.













The DL-1 compared to my Lotus, pretty big difference:
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Wow, that thing looks great. Sometimes I get to a feeling I should get one of those... so I lie down until the feeling goes away.
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Wow, that thing looks great. Sometimes I get to a feeling I should get one of those... so I lie down until the feeling goes away.
It is pretty cool BUT it's a bit of a PITA too. I had to change a flat in the rear... OY.

You have to:
- remove the brake pads
- loosen the dropout adjusters to slide the wheel forward and remove the chain
- detach the 3 speed cable
- squeeze the rim past the fender

and that is just to get to the flat! The parts don't exactly slide together with ease either and it takes a handful of tools to do.
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Yeah, be thankful you don't have a full chaincase! This might be the time to learnoto patch a tube without taking the wheel off a bike. I do that on my folding bike sometimes. It's a useful skill.
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Yeah, be thankful you don't have a full chaincase! This might be the time to learnoto patch a tube without taking the wheel off a bike. I do that on my folding bike sometimes. It's a useful skill.
I had no idea you could do that! I have some learning to do.
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That's a truly beautiful ride. I've never come across one for sale locally or I'd have one. Had a Shanghai Forver brand clone that was nowhere near the quality of the real item. Ended up giving it to my father in law who rides in it pancake flat Florida. I can vouche for dealing with flats with the chain case. It was a p.i.t.a the one time I had to deal with it. Have you had the opportunity to try the rod brakes on chrome rims in the rain? Thank goodness these things generally never get above a gentle dignified pace.
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Originally Posted by mkeller234 View Post
I had no idea you could do that! I have some learning to do.
Oh, it's not difficult. Basically it's the same process as you're familiar with, just without the part about removing the wheel and reinstalling it. Best start by looking for any external sign of where the hole might be; a thumb tack, or a staple, for example. If you find something, that'd be a good place to open up the tire with a lever, pull out the tube, and inflate a bit... see if you find the hole. Keep pulling more tube out until you find it... hope the hole isn't too near the valve... when you find it, patch it and reassemble. It's still a PITA, but at least you don't have to take the brakes apart &c.
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a glorious machine, indeed



have you ridden on cobblestones yet?
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That's a truly beautiful ride. I've never come across one for sale locally or I'd have one. Had a Shanghai Forver brand clone that was nowhere near the quality of the real item. Ended up giving it to my father in law who rides in it pancake flat Florida. I can vouche for dealing with flats with the chain case. It was a p.i.t.a the one time I had to deal with it. Have you had the opportunity to try the rod brakes on chrome rims in the rain? Thank goodness these things generally never get above a gentle dignified pace.
I have ridden a steel rimmed Scwhinn Collegiate in the rain one time. That was my first experience of that sort, bombing down a hill in my neighborhood and discovering the brakes were 0% effective. Now I wouldn't call this bike "fast" but I can definitely get it moving with a little effort. I weighed the bike on the shipping scales at work and it was right above 38lbs. There were a few steepish hills on my ride this morning and I enjoyed getting after them.
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Oh, it's not difficult. Basically it's the same process as you're familiar with, just without the part about removing the wheel and reinstalling it. Best start by looking for any external sign of where the hole might be; a thumb tack, or a staple, for example. If you find something, that'd be a good place to open up the tire with a lever, pull out the tube, and inflate a bit... see if you find the hole. Keep pulling more tube out until you find it... hope the hole isn't too near the valve... when you find it, patch it and reassemble. It's still a PITA, but at least you don't have to take the brakes apart &c.
I see what you are saying. It seems like putting the tube back in place is the bigger challenge. I did use zefal fabric rim tape with hopes that would help avoid pinch flats.
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a glorious machine, indeed



have you ridden on cobblestones yet?
I'm not sure Canton even has cobblestones. On the other hand my street is the most uneven brick in the world so it may be the same effect.
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Originally Posted by cyclistbrian View Post
That's a truly beautiful ride. I've never come across one for sale locally or I'd have one. Had a Shanghai Forver brand clone that was nowhere near the quality of the real item. Ended up giving it to my father in law who rides in it pancake flat Florida. I can vouche for dealing with flats with the chain case. It was a p.i.t.a the one time I had to deal with it. Have you had the opportunity to try the rod brakes on chrome rims in the rain? Thank goodness these things generally never get above a gentle dignified pace.
Define dignified pace....

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Define dignified pace....
One 1979 Rudge, one rainstorm, and one rider pedaling it at a steady 20MPH.

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Such a beautiful bike.


I need to get my roadster running. Thanks for the inspiration.
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your DL-1 is gorgeous. makes me realize how dirty and beat up mine is.
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>One 1979 Rudge, one rainstorm, and one rider pedaling it at a steady 20MPH.

My hat is off you you. My three speeds , even my new one which is relatively light and somewhat less sit up and beg, only encourage me to slow down and have a look around. I love the advertising of the era which tends to show people riding roadsters quickly up over hill and dale like the hand of God was pushing them along.
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I've taken mine on cobblestones and one dirt road and they seem to handle them just fine! I don't want my bikes to get shaken to pieces, but I keep reminding myself that they were designed and built for worse conditions (I always imagine rough, gravelly English country roads...)
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have you ridden on cobblestones yet?
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Wow -- excellent idea w/the barcons on the mustache bar -- i've been wondering how to change the downtube shifers on my wife's bike so she can use 'em. She doesn't like letting go of the handlbars.
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What a fine example, mkeller! A veritable testament to pure functional beauty.
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Here's a few of mine, if you don't mind me cutting in on your thread. It was a lovely ride. I took it on the dirt some. It really sucked up the bumps but I rode it conservatively cause the brakes didn't have any tolerance for untrue rims.



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I don't mind at all, that looks great. I want to take mine out to some of the local trails eventually, I have been riding it 5-10 miles every morning after work.
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Love seeing all these gorgeous bikes, and so jealous of the great saddles!

mkeller--too bad about the area, because from the photo alone that lot looks so tranquil and well-maintained...
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Love seeing all these gorgeous bikes, and so jealous of the great saddles!

mkeller--too bad about the area, because from the photo alone that lot looks so tranquil and well-maintained...
Yes, it is odd. Obviously the lot used to have a house or two at one time. Someone does keep the grass cut there and it does stick out as a nice spot in a not so great area. I don't want to give the impression that this IS Canton. Like all cities, there is the good and the bad. All of my adult life it has been important to me that I show the pride I feel for my hometown. Last year our city was featured on one of those nasty Forbes lists that does no good for anyone (except Forbes).

During my teen years my family moved to a suburb to get us in a better school district. Now that I am back in the city everyone I know from the suburbs acts like I am on a suicide mission riding through Canton.
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