Sunday, October 18, 2009

1984 Dawes Atlantis

A friend directed me you your site to see his 3 Spires. Seeing people still ride old 3 speeds always puts a smile on my face and I am always amazed how many are still on campuses in Boston every Spring. About my bike, 3 speed enthusiasts love or hate my bike. Here is its story:

I bought a Raleigh Team USA frame for $15 back in the good old days before prices went crazy. I think it was two years ago. The seller gave me another frame from a discarded former single speed with a broken dropout and a bad brushed on paint job. This turned out to be the Dawes.

The cast rear dropout said Dawes and scraping off the paint the Reynolds 531 Butted frame tubes, stays and fork sticker was still clear and so was the blue faded paint job. The badly corroded brakes and cranks that were dated to 1984 and matched only one Dawes bike, an Atlantis.

Restoring it was impractical but it was too good not to fix so I decided to make it the cleanest 3 speed I could. I brought the frame to Circle A Cycles in Providence to have the dropout welded but they had a Campagnolo dropout without a derailleur hanger that matched the Dawes perfectly so it was meant to be. Since the bike would have no derailleur hanger and I was screwing it up I might as well add cable stops for the rear brake and the shift cable to eliminate the chrome cable clips.

Nitto supplied the stem via Harris Cyclery, the handlebars and brakes were from a mixte with a questionable past. The brakes and crank are Shimano 600 arabesque and when I find a chainguard I like I can get rid of the outside ring and chainguard. The rear rim is a Araya700c mounted to a Sturmey Archer AW and the front was a handy 700c Mavik that wasn’t attached to a bike. The seat is a Brooks B72 from the Raleigh Sport that donated the AW and just belongs on a 3 speed.

Some think it is a waste of a good Dawes frame to make a 3 speed and some think it is a waste of a good AW to put it in a race bike. To me the key is to keep the 3 speeds on the road and at about 24 pounds I sure like it better than a Tourist on the hills!

Now what to do with that 1948 Raleigh Rod Brake Dawn Tourist …….

If you like I can send a picture with the chainguard and a couple of other changes I plan.

Newton, MA


Charlotte said...

As someone about to put a 3-speed hub on her Dawes, Ron I think you did just right by that bike. A three speed Raleigh International? Maybe not so much. :)
But this bike looks perfect, I say job-well-done.

Jonathan Dickerson said...

I agree. Nice work here!

Ed said...

Yes, nice and I like the color too. The bag looks good with the B72 also . Thanks Eduard