Also a Dawes Kingpin
This one is a 1975 Kingpin
. The frame and forks have had V brake bosses and a front mech mount brazed on, New BB and chainset, 406 wheels, new stem and handlebars. Basically everything replaced
The finishing touch is home made wooden mudguards. These are made of 3 sheets of balsa glued over a mold then cherry veneer added. These are soon to be replaced by a new set with Walnut, cherry and maple stripes and brass fittings (rear one is ready to fit, front needs one more coat of Varnish).
I love this bike. I am stuck with using folders by the logistics of getting into my flat so when I decided I wanted a touring bike I decided to make one out of a Kingpin
. I have to say, the performance is amazing and it is a lot of fun but putting it together was an amazing experience. I would recommend customising an old bike.