I had great pleasure in a 3 mile ride at 5.45 am on Tuesday 6th November 2018 as it was the first time since 1975 that this 1966 Dawes Debonair had been ridden .
I purchased it a while back and was told by the gentleman that handed it over it originally belonged to his best cycling buddy who had bought it new in 1966 and used it very regularly till he died at an early age when it was handed over to the gent I got it from , he carried on using it till 1975 where upon he put it away in his garden shed .
When I got it , it was covered in cobwebs and so much dust that it had tarnished the paintwork quite a lot and both tyres were rock hard but brittle and as soon as I tried to remove them they just crumbled away .
After a few hours of wiping down with wet wipes , white spirit and fine wire wool I found the green paintwork so I could start applying some cutting compound and then polish it back into life . I then removed the original cottered crank for a much later double chain set and set about removing the required parts off a ladies Shogun bike I had lying around and this is the end result .
It rides very nicely indeed and hopefully will see many more miles as my winter road bike once I have covered a few more local test miles