This post is just some bike pics I promised Nudge.
This is my 1978 Raleigh DL1 Roadster. Raleigh made these roadsters in England from about maybe WWI until about 1980. The basic design didn’t change much. Large amounts of them are still made in China and India under different names.
I threw in a few close-ups of the roller-lever rod brakes. Notice the rods and pivots extend the action all the way to the back wheel, without cables. The purpose for rod brakes was durability, like everything else on the bike. No consideration was given for the weight penalty of building in this duability. It probably weighs around 45 lbs. These roadsters were intended to be reliable and long lasting transport for the masses. They could be abused, left out in the elements, and yet remain trusty, and handed on to the next generation. Standard issue to the army, postmen and London bobbies.
Its a beast, it has 28 inch wheels, it weighs a million pounds, it has totally raked out front end and a long wheelbase (nearly four feet!). It was intended that you could glide over cobblestones and unimproved roads. Once you get this thing up and moving it’s fast, and not all that easy to stop in the rain (you have to plan ahead).
The bike is a joy to ride around town. I rode it to the store today as a matter of fact.
In last few years I have reduced my bike stable to keep things simple. Just three. I also have a road (racing) bike and a “utility” bike that I’m building up from peices and parts. I call it the Black Swan. More to come on that later.