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Friday, 22 October 2010

1951 and 2009


This is a picture of a 1951 Raleigh DL-1 I found as part of a set here.  The set is very good and really shows off the bike at its best.  I was amazed to see how similar the 1951 version is to mine (especially with those Delta Cruisers).  The main differences are the rod-actualted stirrup brakes it has rather than the rod-actuated drum brakes mine came with.


Here is my 2009 DL-1 for comparison.  It is nice to see that with the DL-1 not a huge amount has changed in 58 years.


  1. Not a huge amount at all, and all the better for it :>)

    Somehow, I imagine you prefer your drum brakes when rolling along at 30!

  2. @ian

    Those old rod brakes on steel rims are incredibly poor. I suppose in 1951 there would have been less of a need for frequent emergency stops though.


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