It’s 1974. I live in California. I’m visiting my cousin in my home town in upstate New York. He says, “If I can borrow a bike for you, would you want to take a road trip into Manhattan?” That’s when I bought my beloved Raleigh.
It stills rides like a charm, so why am I selling it? I got Parkinson’s Disease and I don’t feel safe riding. Although I have friends with PD who do ride, I can’t. I got diagnosed six years ago, and now, after my wife’s urging (we need the space in our small house), I’ve agreed to pass it on to a good home.
What’s so good about it? It’s Retro, it’s Classic and it’s a nice ride: Model DL170, Raleigh International, 22-1/2”, a quality bicycle and beautiful. Reynolds 531 butted tubes, forks and stays with a chrome front and rear forks. CAMPAGNOLO RECORD components. It will still be around in 40 years. Check out this link to the original catalogue:
More details about my bike: The bike is original, except for a few small things: I replaced the original rims. It came with sew-ups and living in Berkeley, I got one too many flat tires. The Brooks saddle, original pump and toe clips are gone. The handlebar tape is new. It’s always been stored indoors. As you can see from the pictures, there are some cosmetic issues. There is some pitting in the chrome and the paint has been scraped off in some places. However, the components are in very good shape.