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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:09 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Location: Eastleigh
Hi there,

Never use this forum but I wondered if there was anyone specialist enough to clue me up on what bike i have here.

Its a Dawes road/touring bike, Didn't come with wheels so cant tell you how many gears, but it did come with one single cog up front so I expect by the looks of the age 4/6 speed.

Dropped bars, Dawes head badge and was up until today dark blue (faded alot to a lighter blue)

Frame was pretty impressive, nice geometry and weight.

To the point: The bike has a set of stickers that up until closer inspection I hadn't realised were actually Olympic torch and logo stickers, metallic, very faded but nonetheless do contain a picture of the olympic torch surrounded by the olympic rings.

this got my questioning its age!

It's got a Cottered type bottom bracket and cranks

threaded heaset, and a pump holder along with a bolt on the forks for a light or dynamo or something?

My question is: Is this bike from the UK Olympics 1948? I just dont see any other reason for them to put these decals on it unless it wasn't.

Excited to hear back!

Cheers, Kieran

Heres a few photos of the bike as it stands, note that it was once a faded Royal blue.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:10 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Pictures: http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/8429954/


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:30 pm 
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Hi, you will need to search for old catalogues, but my guess based on the badge ( late sixties / seventies ) and the chrome decals ( early seventies again ) is surprisingly early seventies. The old Dawes badge had a flame in, so it maybe at the switch over between badges and the Olympic rings have been used by most manufacturers at one time or another. Terry


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:58 pm 
Old School Grand Master

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I had a Halfords Olympic...:shock:
Sadly I don't see anything about your bike that gives it any Olympic track provenance.

I'd pop a front brake on it unless you ride it solely on the track (which I doubt with those tyres and pedals) as it's a deathtrap without one. :shock:


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:01 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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hamster wrote:
I had a Halfords Olympic...:shock:
Sadly I don't see anything about your bike that gives it any Olympic track provenance.

I'd pop a front brake on it unless you ride it solely on the track (which I doubt with those tyres and pedals) as it's a deathtrap without one. :shock:


Oh yeah, I have a Weinmann brake, I restore and sell them, It has a brake on now.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:02 pm 
Old School Grand Master

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Would it be this Dawes Olympic road bike?
Image
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mobi ... elID=85463


Last edited by hamster on Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:03 pm, edited 2 times in total.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:02 pm 
Retro Guru

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hamster wrote:
<SNIP> as it's a deathtrap without one. :shock:


Not that old chesnut.

I suppose you tell everyone to ride with a helmet on too, do you?

Brakes on fixies are a personal thing.

Personally I ride my fixie (when I do ride it) with a front brake only. Not exactly, strictly speaking, street legal, but it is my choice.

As long as you are able to make an informed choice that is influenced more by your a) willingness to break the law AND b) the knowledge that you can stop the bike with no front brake in an emergency and not by hipster fashion, then go ahead.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:03 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Location: Eastleigh
OldTel wrote:
Hi, you will need to search for old catalogues, but my guess based on the badge ( late sixties / seventies ) and the chrome decals ( early seventies again ) is surprisingly early seventies. The old Dawes badge had a flame in, so it maybe at the switch over between badges and the Olympic rings have been used by most manufacturers at one time or another. Terry


Awesome, Yeah that makes sense, It was interesting to see if it was anything to do with the GB Olympics, but i suppose it could have been any nations olympics.

Cheers for the response, Kieran


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:04 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Location: Eastleigh
tiermat wrote:
hamster wrote:
<SNIP> as it's a deathtrap without one. :shock:


Not that old chesnut.

I suppose you tell everyone to ride with a helmet on too, do you?

Brakes on fixies are a personal thing.

Personally I ride my fixie (when I do ride it) with a front brake only. Not exactly, strictly speaking, street legal, but it is my choice.

As long as you are able to make an informed choice that is influenced more by your a) willingness to break the law AND b) the knowledge that you can stop the bike with no front brake in an emergency and not by hipster fashion, then go ahead.


He is right, considering its a non fixed hub!

However my fixie has no brake too :p


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:04 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:07 pm
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Location: Eastleigh
hamster wrote:
Would it be this Dawes Olympic road bike?
Image
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mobi ... elID=85463


Sweet Ride man!


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