| OK, I've finally got around to posting some pics of the stuff I currently have for sale. If you have specific parts requests, don't hesitate to email me. I'm off work the next couple weeks, so now's the time to talk parts. After that, I'll be pretty busy. Thanks for looking and check back frequently for updates!|
Stuff that doesn't sell goes on ebay.
| I'll take the $20 leather tool pouch. Sent you an email|
| Hi everyone! After ages of looking at this website, and drooling at the bikes posted by the lucky owners of some wonderful Raleigh's, I am now "back in the fold" after having recovered my old bike that was stolen from me almost 16 years ago. So here is a story that will hopefully give hope to others who have experienced the misery of having a treasured bike stolen--don't give up hope you may just find it like I did. |
First, a little background on my bike. It is a 1970, black, large frame, rod brake, 3 speed Raleigh with 28 inch wheels that my grandfather (who was 6' 6" used to ride until health problems forced him to give up biking) gave to me as I was the only one of his grandchildren tall enough to ride it. I had the joy of riding, washing, polishing, and pampering this bike, all under the watchful eye of my grandfather, up until he passed away about a year later. This bike was my pride and joy, as also being my main mode of transportation while I was attending college, and never ceased to garner comments and praise wherever I rode. However, everything changed in the month of October, 1992 when I had my garage painted. The workers were spraying the garage and the mist was blowing into the open door and coating my bike. I was young, and I blew up and ranted about how "rare" this bike was, and how it was my grandfathers, and how valuable it was and so on. Well, to make a long story short, exactly one week later on October 31st 1993, my Garage was broken into and my black beauty was stolen. I was devastated. I filed the requisite police report, filled out the insurance claim, waited, tried to find it on my own, called, waited some more, got a check for $65.00 from the insurance company--the value they said the bike was worth, and over time; gave up hope and came to grips that I would never see this bike again.
Over the years I would scan the want ads, look at this site, sometimes check e-bay just in the hopes that I might stumble across my old bike--I never did. I had replacement bikes over the years, but they were never the same, and just a few weeks back, I checked on e-bay and found a guy selling a green Raleigh Sports for a buy it now price of $45.00, so I bought it. Meanwhile, while e-mailing and making shipping arrangements, I got this "you might like these other items that are up for bid" notice in my e-mail from e-bay. There was this DL-1 listed, and in my home state, but way up north, so out of curiosity I clicked on it. Then I read the description, "old 1970 English "bobby" bike.... has a light misting of white paint on the frame.... IT WAS MY BIKE! I was 99.99% sure this was my bike, so I dug up my copy of the police report and e-mailed the owner and asked a question about the bike regarding the numbers and waited for his reply. On the last day that the auction was to be up, he finally replied and gave me the numbers that I needed. and they matched. I called the police department and asked them what they could do and was informed that the statue of limitations had expired and the only option I had was to bid on it. So with a few hours to go, I stayed glued to the computer and was determined to win this auction at any cost... hoping that it didn't go over $300.00 or sell for the $600.00+ like the other one did a few weeks ago.
Well, I got it. $133.50 later and a drive up to the northern part of the state to pick it up, I got my old bike back. The guy who had it, bought it at an auction for a couple of bucks and had planed to chop it up, but noticed how much the others were going for so he decided to try and sell it on e-bay. My initials are still under the brooks seat, right next to my grandfathers, but unfortunately, it is not in the same condition that it was when it was stolen.
And that is where you guy come in--I need some help in putting it back together so I can live up to the promise that I made my grandfather that "I will take care of it, even better then you did". I know it sounds nutty, he is dead, but I promised and I would like to do this for his memory and to also preserve a great bike---oh, and if anyone is dumb enough to ask, the answer is NO! It is NOT for sale!
So what it is needing is a front fender to fit the 28" wheel, the pannier rack, pedals, (the pads I can order from this site, yeah!), the chrome bike pump, the light and the front wheel dynohub (It used to have one), the faceplate for the shifter, or even how to remove the over-spray of white house paint and not damage the dulled finish underneath, I would greatly, and truly appreciate it. Thanks for your time in reading this small novel---with a very happy ending. Rich
| Unbelievable story! Along the same lines, I just bought a letter that my great-great-grandfather wrote in 1872 ... on eBay. Amazing.|
| What a great story!! I'm glad you got it back. A DL-1 is first on my wish list. I could even afford one at that price. I hope you didn't get it in Wisconsin.|
| Great story! Glad you got your bike back and it didn't cost you a fortune. I saw that auction (I remember the white overspray) too!|
| Wow... simply amazing. Talk about a tale for certain... after all those years you get it back. I have a similar story... but it's a bit uglier...|
My (at the time) soon to be X-wife.... after 18 years of being in recovery... went from straight an narrow, faithful wife... to the drunken slut on the town....
To the point of selling MY DOG.... for drinking money.
Dogs... as many know.... choose who they "belong" to... and my dog chose me on the ride home from the animal shelter. Tucker was a 3 year old flashy fawn male boxer.
I knew it was coming... as I had installed keystroke logger on the 'puter... but I could do nothing about it... so I come home and find out that he had "ran away"....
Knowing what I did.... and knowing the BS... I was beside myself most certainly.
Alas.... as I mentioned... Tucker knew that he was "My DOG".... and over a period of 6 weeks caused SO much havoc at his "new home".... I get this phone call (Evil X2B was not home)... from this distraught woman... looking for X2B... "Can I help you?" I ask....
I NEED TO RETURN THIS GODDAMNABLE DOG...
She didn't even want her money back....
Needless to say... Tucker and I were never out of each other's sight 'til it was all over...
Anyhow... I have brand new front and read mudguards if you're interested... they are of Indian manufacture.... I think I could possibly overspray them with a little white to match your machine. ;-)
As to removing the house paint overspray.... first and foremost... what EVER you try to remove it... test it in a small area first... to make sure it won't attack the paint you want to preserve...
Alcohol (isopropanol), Denatured alcohol....
Or maybe something even as simple as rubbing compound and elbow grease... or (don't laugh) toothpaste...
There's more than one method.
I'm jealous... that bike will last forever... Tucker... on the other hand... is 8 years old now.
So glad you got it back... remember that dopey poem... "If you love someone (thing?)... set them free....
GAH... tripe, that....
Email me direct about the mudguards... I was going to mount them up to my DL-1 but my originals are in darn good enough shape as it were.
Larry "Boneman" Bone
| The names on the seat..... wow! Now, buy two locks and lock it silly! I am happy for you!|
| d another lovely lady and take her down the bike path in the evening on a matching set of vintage bicycles.|
It's like falling on gravel, you get up and try again.
Find a lovely one and forget her. You don't need to be Caine from Kung Fu with the burned tattoos on your forearms.
I'm looking for a rear rack for a Raleigh DL 1 that will mount on the axle.
| I'm looking for a rear rack for a Raleigh DL 1 that will mount on the axle. |
| Went to a very big car boot sale today,looking for old bikes or bits.Nothing doing!lots of mountain bikes and childrens bikes,but nothing old.There used to be 100,s of them,have people realised there is a market now for them,or are they really now rare.Jumble sales seem to be the best (scouts)Oh well I,ll keep looking!|
| Hillary Stone has a secret deal with life forms not of this world?|
Sir, you are scaring me. What do you mean there were no old bikes?
| Chris, your the one that is scaring me!I write a perfectly simple and plain message about my visit to a car boot sale and say that there where no old bikes for sale.I get this reply from you more or less saying Im a weirdo. I enjoy looking and writing on this site,but you have put me right off,Cheers mate.|
| It was not my intention to put you off nor offend you.|
I understand you were saying that there were no old bikes. I believe you. I wonder where the old bikes are? Usually, one finds an old bike or two or more at the car boot sales.
Your report is becoming more and more the norm. For one who loves old bikes, it is scary to hear somebody who attends a boot sale that there were no old bikes. Many of us attend a car boot sale just to find old bicycles and it's no fun to go and not at least see something in the old bicycle catagory. We suspect sometimes that somebody got there and snapped up all the old good stuff ahead of you but after reading about how all the old rickshaws and cyclos are being gathered up and dumped into the sea. I wonder what is happening to all the old bicycles that used to be seen and now, are not.
This group and it's resources and old bikes in general is too precious to miss, for any one person to put you off. Don't let that happen. I hope I straightened out the misunderstanding. Best wishes, cheers