Today I was working at the bike shop when Dan rolls in with one of his Raleigh’s, and I had to take a double take because this is what I saw:
This Raleigh looks like it’s from the 1940’s, right looks like, really made in 1984, in the most unique place; Holland, that’s right Holland. It’s a three speed with drum brakes. Dan built the wheels, with black touring spokes, the original Brooks saddle, and rear rack. The drive train is all encased in a full metal chain case.
The Sturmey Archer generator lights are fully integrated into the frame of the bike. The wiring runs through the frame, and rear fender as well as the handlebar stem. The upper rear tail light doesn’t work anymore, it used to flash, but Dan took it apart and the cell board looked fried, I mentioned that he could try and bypass the cell board and do steady on light, he thought it might work.
Dan has a Carradic saddle bag that he had just recently gotten from Diane P. It attaches underneath the saddle in the springs.
Dan has it at the shop at the moment, because he needs to do some work on it, one of the clamps for the three speed cable and housing let loose, and the cable is a little bit short so he needs to get that fixed before he can ride it again. Overall this is a very nice and Unique bike and one that is not seen very often.
Keep on Biking….