Brothers Rich Raleigh DL-1

Brothers Rich Raleigh DL-1

The 2013 Tour de France is about to départ, sending a few hundred brightly colored riders on a 3,400 kilometer journey aboard the latest carbon fiber bikes the industry can offer. It will be the 100th edition, the first few of which would have been raced on frames not unlike the Raleigh DL-1 featured here.

Paul Rich has two older brothers, twins, who have a various amount of input into Paul’s aptly named project: Brothers Rich. Paul has collected fifteen DL-1 bikes, restoring each to the same high standard as this one. All 15 will be called ‘The Charleston’, after the Rich Brothers’ hometown in South Carolina.

“This bike is equally at home hanging on the wall in a living room as it is screaming along the streets of a city or winding county roads,” Paul tells us. “I don’t know who the customer will be, but we’re looking forward to meeting them. I’m pretty sure we will get along just fine.”

Jim Rich has a passion for old Moto Guzzis, Porsches and Ciöcc road bikes. John Rich runs a shop in Atlanta called Oakleaf & Acorn, purveyor of ‘Select Findings For Men’. There, you’ll soon be able to pick up a Charleston for yourself, but you can already enjoy a wander through their current inventory.

Brothers Rich Raleigh DL-1
Brothers Rich Raleigh DL-1
Brothers Rich Raleigh DL-1
Brothers Rich Raleigh DL-1
Brothers Rich Raleigh DL-1
Brothers Rich Raleigh DL-1
Brothers Rich Raleigh DL-1

  • Tommy Barse

    Haha two posts in a row with bikes that I painted. sweet! Also, thanks for posting my bike on Saturday and the nice write up!

    • Hi Tommy! Wow, you’re living the dream, aren’t you!?! Really amazing work, on both bikes. Congrats, and thanks for reading!

  • bigkagi

    Sorry, but I’m not feelin’ it. A DL-1 should be a 3-speed with rod brakes. This is a waste of classic bikes. If you want a sporty single-speed with the DL-1’s frame geometry, please build one and leave the classics alone for future generations.

    • BigHank53

      Of all the “classic” bikes out there, the DL-1 is surely one in no danger of extinction. While I also wish these particular bikes hadn’t suffered the fate they did, it’s for the opposite reason: the Raleigh frame and rims are terrible by modern standards. A modern disc rim with the decals stripped would be half the weight and stronger. The frame….well, it was a decent production frame back when “decent” meant “durable”.

    • epicyclo

      Those frames were race bike frames in the early 1900s, so the bike is valid IMO. I’ve got lots of bike literature from that period and that bike would blend right in.
      That frame would have been seen with rod brakes, band brakes, fixed wheel, and 2 or 3 speed hub back then.

  • Dainius

    Agree with the bigkagi and with the BigHank53
    If you take a fender’s out of a ‘Oma’ or ‘Opa’ bike’..it doesn’t make’m a racer or a path racer… is just the same grandpa/ma bike… to mush fashion for ‘the’ moment.. but no real deal

    • pathroadster

      Actually, in many cases the gap between a 28″ roadster and a path/road wouldn’t have been as great as you suggest- same frame geometries, same fishtail dropouts, 3- and 4-speed internally-geared coaster rear brakes, add-on front rod brakes could be found on path bikes, and the 20/30 tubing Raleigh used on the later Tourists would have been considered ‘lightweight’ in the first decades of the 20th Century.

  • Anon

    From a “purveyor of ‘Select Findings For Men’”?

    I’m amazed hipsters can survive in Atlanta.

  • James

    Where can I find those amazing bars? That, and the fork rake angle, make that bike stand out.