Welcome to Chester Cycling. I used to write the blog MCRcycling when I lived in Manchester until one day I found myself living in Chester instead. I decided I’d use this event as an opportunity to switch from Blogger to WordPress when creating Chester Cycling. As before this blog will focus on cycling experiences in my new city, cycle advocacy, politics and technical information.


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  1. Hi and Thanks for a great Blog – lots of really useful stuff here for me get boned up on.
    Reading last night, I came by a circuitous route on a photo of an 11 year old lad walking to
    school with his dad following close behind in a small red car “to make him safe”. Dad had a big
    notice on top of the car reading “My son is walking to school. I’m driving behind to keep him safe.”
    I think it may have been from a link in a comment on one of your posts.
    I cannot now find it but would like to send it to my MP who will be speaking in the debate on Cycling on Thursday.
    If you can easily lay your hands on it, could you possibly send a link?
    Many, many Thanks in Advance, Julian

      • Hi,

        After doing a search on the web I spotted a link to your website referring to a Raleigh DL-1 and was surprised to see how close to home you guys are. I wondered if you could advise on how I might identify a vintage version DL-1 given that I have been advised this model was mainly used for the export (US) market? Is it known by another name over here…like Roadster, Tourist, Superbe, Popular or other…?

        Apologies for my novice approach but I do hope you can offer some insight?


        Sue (Chester)

        • Hi Sue,

          The DL-1 was also referred to as the Tourist. The Superbe and Sports are similar but have steeper seat-tube and head-tube angles. Another difference between the Sports type Raleigh and the Tourist/DL-1 is the seat-stays, which are welded in the Sports and bolted in place on the Tourist.

        • In the U.S.A. These were called the Raleigh Tourist DL1 and DL1’L These were sent to and sold in the U.S.A.

          The last of these to be produced in England were painted green and called Royal Roadster and bear 1987 date stamped Sturmey -Archer a.w. hubs.

  2. Dear Chester Cycling,

    I came across your blog and learned that you live in Chester. My company publishes an iPhone app consisting of self-guided walking tours in Chester. However, these walking tours were compiled three years ago and some of the information may be out of date. We are looking for people who currently live in Chester to review the tour content and give us feedback.

    Would you be interested in reviewing our walking tours in Chester or posting a “Look for reviewers” announcement for us in your blog? We offer reward to people who send us feedback. The reviewers will receive gift codes for our iOS walking tours apps. Each gift code is good for a free walking tour iPhone app download, normally priced at US$4.99. We have walking tour apps covering all major cities in the world.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best regards,

    Xena Copilova

  3. I’m surprised at your article on high visibilty clothing. Human factors specialists have done research on the conspicuity of motor cyclists and pedal cyclists. Statistics show that the more conspicuous riders are involved in the fewer accidents. As an older rider and driver I realize that eyesight deteriorates with age.

  4. Hi

    Do you know where I could buy briefcase clips. You have a picture of one on your site and have been looking for them for ages.



  5. Hi

    Does anyone know where I can buy briefcase clips. I’ve been looking for them for ages but can’t seem to find them.


  6. I am about to trying to make my own DL easier to ride. I read your story about your gear and chain changes nine years ago. Do you have any tips or suggestions about how you would accomplish the goal differently? The chain source link is inactive. Do you have a suggested source? Thank you. I appreciate your help.

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