Vintage Bicycle Repair and Riding: American and English Bicycles
Sunday, May 6, 2018
A Bonus Ride - Raleigh DL-1 Export Model
Originally, this weekend was supposed to be very damp. The forecasts called for rain Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday. So it was a pleasant surprise when Saturday was mostly dry, and the rain held off entirely today. The result was that I was able to get in two, full-length rides this weekend.
Today's ride was on this early 1960s-era Raleigh DL-1 Export Model. If you have never ridden a rod brake roadster, it really is an experience that is unique. The slack frame angles, wide tires, and rod brake set up all contribute to a ride that is different from any other type of bicycle. This Export DL-1 is no exception.