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The project begins 30 Nov 2013

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The project begins 30 Nov 2013
Kingpin as delivered (£22.51 from ebay). The bell works!
Posted by Eddie G on November 30, 2013 Full Size|

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15 Comments

Reply Doctor Black
6:32 AM on June 30, 2016 
Have you removed the nut that holds the rear mud guard to the frame yet? : )
Reply Eddie G
3:58 AM on December 11, 2013 
melofelo says...
worth hanging on to the mudguards for wet or damp weather cycling...these small wheels do like to throw water and dirt where you least want it.


I got another notification email for your comment about the rear spokes. Strangely your comment doesn't appear on the site! My research suggests the flange distance is the same for both sides of the AW hub, so no dishing required. I'm re-using the old spokes anyway, and they are all the same length.
Reply Eddie G
12:44 PM on December 10, 2013 
Yup was planning that anyway. They're made of light alloy. Unfortunately the rear one got a bit bent in the post, but I should be able to push it back. The main issue is whether the larger 451 rims will still leave a gap once the tyres are fitted. Looks plenty of room though, so here's hoping.
Reply melofelo
11:24 AM on December 10, 2013 
worth hanging on to the mudguards for wet or damp weather cycling...these small wheels do like to throw water and dirt where you least want it.
Reply Eddie G
12:06 PM on December 5, 2013 
melofelo says...
makes sense to grab a few 500a tyres until you're ready to strip it down..pretty cheap to find on ebay . I'd leave the mudguards on too if you plan to use it before the stripdown...getting the nut of the bolt that holds the rear mudguard to the frame is an exercise in patience..(think dremel)..


No, I've decided to go straight to the strip down now that I have the rims. I was thinking of keeping the mudguards and rack anyway if they'll fit with the 451s. I live in Scotland after all! Going for a fast commuter set up. I like the idea of passing a few roadies on what looks like a shopper ;) My proposed gearing is pretty high compared to other blogs on this site, but it's based on my commuting experience. I can always change the rear sprocket if I have to. What are the chances of the old front spokes fitting the new rear wheel do you think... :-S
Reply melofelo
10:51 AM on December 5, 2013 
Eddie G says...
Was going to buy cheap 500A tyres just to get running, but finding those 451 rims pushes new wheels up the project plan. Thinking of self-build to save cost. Nice craft activity for a winter evening!


makes sense to grab a few 500a tyres until you're ready to strip it down..pretty cheap to find on ebay . I'd leave the mudguards on too if you plan to use it before the stripdown...getting the nut of the bolt that holds the rear mudguard to the frame is an exercise in patience..(think dremel)..
Reply Eddie G
4:20 AM on December 4, 2013 
roadrash says...
Just going to enjoy as is for the timebeing . Well at least untill ive finished the twenty anyhow. I may just clean up and service and leave it with its battle scars . It really isnt too bad.


Looks in better nick than mine. Love the colour. How did you remove the chainguard tabs from the frame?
Reply Eddie G
4:17 AM on December 4, 2013 
Was going to buy cheap 500A tyres just to get running, but finding those 451 rims pushes new wheels up the project plan. Thinking of self-build to save cost. Nice craft activity for a winter evening!
Reply Eddie G
4:13 AM on December 4, 2013 
Spendfest 'fess-up: T-cut £9.84, Bullhorn bars £9.50, 48T chainset £18.97, Charge Sppon saddle £14.99!! 400mm seatpost £5.99, Alienation Ankle Biter 451 rims £40.50, 13T sprocket £4.00, Road levers from my garage, 2 of Barrel adjusters £2.98 each. Total expenditure to date £158.24.
Reply roadrash
4:23 PM on December 3, 2013 
roadrash says...
hi eddie, what do have planned for it ??


Just going to enjoy as is for the timebeing . Well at least untill ive finished the twenty anyhow. I may just clean up and service and leave it with its battle scars . It really isnt too bad.
Reply Eddie G
4:36 AM on December 3, 2013 
melofelo says...
the original cranks on these Dawes often come up well with a bit of Brasso and elbow grease.
I think that may be a 48T crank...which might be worth saving if there isn't much wear on the teeth. You can wrap a new chain around it and check for gaps before discarding..
Have fun with the project! :o)

Thanks. The existing setup is 46/16, which is a bit pedestrian. I guess the 16 compensates for the slightly larger 440 wheelset over the R20. And the cranks are much worse close up than they appear in the photo. Just had an ebay spendfest which includes a NOS 48T chainset. Good idea about the brasso though! Might try it on the frame, which is grimey and rust-pitted.
Reply melofelo
5:13 PM on December 1, 2013 
the original cranks on these Dawes often come up well with a bit of Brasso and elbow grease.
I think that may be a 48T crank...which might be worth saving if there isn't much wear on the teeth. You can wrap a new chain around it and check for gaps before discarding..
Have fun with the project! :o)
Reply Eddie G
3:25 PM on December 1, 2013 
roadrash says...
hi eddie, what do have planned for it ??

What are you doing with yours?
Reply Eddie G
8:01 AM on November 30, 2013 
Thanks for asking :)
Remove the extras. T-cut and polish. Service the bearings. Tyres & tubes. Bullhorn bars and road levers. New seat and longer pin. Clip-in pedals. Replace crank-set, and re-gear - 48/13 I'm thinking. 451 rims when I can afford the wheelbuild! Progress will be posted ;)
Reply roadrash
7:49 AM on November 30, 2013 
hi eddie, what do have planned for it ??