“Like dogs, bicycles are social catalysts that attract a superior category of people.” Chip Brown
Two catalogue pictures of the Dawes Kingpin the top one form the 1960’s the bottom on from the early 1970’s
I know that I wanted dark blue, with the aluminium holed chain guard or “dash dot dash” as they became to be known, a Dynohub, lights, three speed, spring loaded Pletscher rack and embossed Dawes head tube badge. I eventually found one the right colour and year on eBay, they a vary a bit with slight modification changes over the production years, and I think they used to vary within years/models as far as parts were concerned depending on what parts they had on the shelf.
Actually the seller was selling two as a job lot, I won the bidding and collected them. They were both in a bit of a state, the photographs were not a lot of help, the items were not mis-described I hoped they were going to in better condition. I should have done a bit more research, the blue one I wanted had everything as listed except for the head badge, no matter I’ll wait to see if one comes up.
|Above: The two bikes I bought on eBay.|
|I bit of rust on the frame.|
|A tray of parts.|
|The beautiful head badge.|
|The dented aluminium chain guard.|
|Some of the pitted rusty chrome before clean up.|
|Examples of the cleaned and polished chrome and chain guard.|
|Mucky mudguards with broken rear reflector.|
Read about my Raleigh Twenty refurbish here.