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 Post subject: Dawes Wildcat
PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 7:35 pm 
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Hi folks. Saw this on eBay and couldn't resist. I'd just sold my 70's Raleigh and made a small amount on it, and wanted to plough some of the cash on something else. I think it dates from 1991, cos I remember a mate having one back then.

I believe it's completely standard and original, and hasn't seen a great deal of use. It's got almost a complete 300 LX groupset, including the dreaded Biopace. It's made from gaspipe Reynolds 500, but doesn't ride too badly considering.

I bought it as a general use bike, and to take camping. My Cinder Cone's looking like it's gonna end up a bit too valuable to be left lying around various campsites, but this fits the bill quite well.

It does need a few bits; desperately needs a saddle, the original tyres are a bit scary, and the comedy stem has to go. It feels a bit like riding a chopper, compared to the ride positions I'm used to. Looking forward to getting it sorted though. Although I'm beginning to see how hard it is to find decent amber wall tyres.


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Marge


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 Post subject: Re: Dawes Wildcat
PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 7:39 pm 
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I have Dawes Switchback from a similar time, Dawes are very under rated ! I think its a good ride


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 Post subject: Re: Dawes Wildcat
PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 7:57 pm 
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If you don't mind non-retro tyres, charge splashbacks are all over ebay for about £25 a pair. I bought some recently from a bike shop for around the same price. Not used them yet, but cheap as chips for amber walls.


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 Post subject: Re: Dawes Wildcat
PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 9:25 pm 
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+1 for the Splashbacks. I've not ridden mine either but they look pretty good and at £25 for a pair including postage you can't go wrong http://www.tritoncycles.co.uk/m5b0s120p ... yre_-_Pair


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 Post subject: Re: Dawes Wildcat
PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 9:53 pm 
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Just checked out the Charge tyres on eBay. Definitely gonna be buying a pair. Thanks for letting me know about them.

Imperial21: I also think Dawes bikes are very underrated. This one is my fourth, although one is currently a frame and collection of parts.

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Marge


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 Post subject: Re: Dawes Wildcat
PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2013 9:56 pm 
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I had a Wildcat way back in 1987. Bright yellow it was. Yours looks more evolved with the sloping top tube.

Envoy it!


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I think I just bought this very frame to build a tourer with. Might be *too* gaspipey though..


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