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PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:47 pm 
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So the first stage is complete:

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I am surprised how much better it is to ride, I must have shaved a bit of weight off with the new stem and bars, but did not expect much of an improvement. In reality, it feels quicker and more agile.

So overall I think it was worth the effort, a nice easy project for little outlay!

I will probably change the tyres next for something a bit quicker on the concrete...


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:49 pm 
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I've been watching this thread from the start, as I had a Dawes around 89/90, and still have a soft spot for them.

Your bike looks so much better for just a few updates / changes, nicely done.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:57 pm 
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Cool, you can't go wrong with a dawes IMO, very solid bikes and great workhorses...underrated even.

My advice is to try and upgrade the wheels themselves for something lighter..it should make a massive difference :)


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:54 pm 
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Thanks for the kind comments. I have some nice light wheels from another project that I could try, it will be interesting to see the difference!


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:26 pm 
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Lighter tyres can make a big difference, and if you are mainly riding tarmac and hardpack, then slicks will make a huge difference to the speed you can carry once you get going.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:17 am 
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Thanks for this, anyone got any tyre recommendations for this? I have used County Rocks before on sinilar projects, they are quick but I wouldn't mind something with a few more knobbly bits,my local paths are loose shingle and not very grippy!


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:15 am 
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Tried these wheels:

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And a quick phone shot, like the one that started the thread:

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A bit flash for the Dawes maybe, but certainly quicker!


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:46 pm 
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If it's a commuter then adding mudguards will make it a lot more pleasant!


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 3:11 pm 
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It depends whether you can put a wet arse below aesthetics in your order of priority!


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:38 pm 
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Just wanted to show of my bike!

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