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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 5:04 pm 
Old School Hero

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Location: Co Durham
found it in the woods,it had benn partially set on fire and was in a state
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stripped it back to a single speed,new 700c forks,alex wheels with scott hubs,flat bars,selle italia flite titanim saddle on primo post original cranks and pedals
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rides really nice,smooth and fast.
not bad for standing me less than 50quid


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 9:30 pm 
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Well, I've heard of (and seen) cars being taken down the woods and torched - but never a bike!

I hope it appreciates the TLC you've obviously shown it :wink:


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 9:37 pm 
Old School Hero

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it belonged to a hobo who lived in the woods,his hobo hut went up in flames and he left the bike and moved somewere else,that was more than a year ago so i didnt think hed want a half cooked bike.


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It looks surprisingly good.

If you are going to keep a 'rat look' by not repainting the burnt section, I'd recommend waxing or clearcoating it though.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 2:46 pm 
Old School Hero

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im undecided,i quite like it looking tatty,but at the same time im tempted to repaint it but in a nicer blue and get some graphics made up.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:43 am 
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That looks really good, nice save.
I really like the ratty scorched look, personally I'd run it like that (after clearcoating as Nick suggested).
BRB, setting fire to bike :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 12:25 pm 
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oh definitely keep the burns, its such a good story! if you repaint you'll be destroying the history of the bike


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Old School Hero

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any body got any idea what the seat tube size is on these old dawes,its a touch smaller than 26.6 but im struggeling to buy a post to fit.


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I have a 26.42mm Sturmey Archer post that might fit the frame?

What gearing are you running?


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Old School Hero

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iv no idea if that would fit the frame,and i cant remeber the gearing,its the standard large front ring that was with the bike and i think the rear is either 16t or 18t bit awkward with uphill but hell its fast on the flat and downhill.


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