Dead Rats Cycles proudly presents a beautiful vintage British sports tourer that’s been lovingly built up in my workshop over the summer.  The restored 64cm lugged chromoly Reynolds frameset provides the basis of a stylish steel steed for the tall rider, who’s looking for a traditional yet usable bike that’s equally at home on a daily commute as it is out in the hills…

The Dawes sports mostly vintage Japanese components, with some modern improvements such as the retro Spa Cycles compact chainset.  Tough and lovely Salsa wheels are shod with the touring cyclist’s favourite puncture resistant and reflective Schwalbe Marathon tyres, though vertical 130mm rear dropouts make wheel replacement child’s play.  Crisp gear changing is ensured by the reliable and fully restored 16 speed Shimano SIS drivetrain with new chain, cassette and cables, plus new rubber hoods, pads and cables improve the polished cantilever brakes.  The classic brown Brooks B17 leather saddle and matching new bar tape complement the beautiful vintage Sakae Ringyo quill stem and matching fluted seatpost.

The stunning, engraved Nitto B132 handlebars are of the slightly flared shallow drop Randonneur variety, meaning they are as comfortable “in the drops” as they are “on the tops”.  Painstakingly restored vintage chrome plated mudguards (a joy to behold in their own right) are retro-fitted using quality stainless steel fittings together with a custom front mudflap and rear reflector.  The bike’s designed for a rear luggage rack and the forks will take a low-rider too – just ask if you require any accessories.  Further smart finishing touches include the new headbadge – kindly sent to me by Dawes themselves – along with the vintage (and very rare) Dawes brake lever grips and a lovely (and very loud) retro brass bell.

Refined, comfortable and as elegant as they come, this vintage new Horizon is ready when you are…

Full Specification:
Frame: 64cm 1980s vintage Dawes Horizon, lugged Reynolds 501 double butted tubing (restored, gloss blue powdercoat, new headbadge & decals)
Fork: Dawes, lugged steel Reynolds 531 (original, restored with the frame)
Headset: vintage YST chromed steel (with vintage front brake cable adjuster)
Stem: vintage SR Custom 1″ quill
Handlebar: Nitto B132 Randonneur 44cm (NOS)
Bar Tape: Brooks Microfibre brown (new)
Brake Levers: vintage Weinmann “red dot” (with new Dia-Compe rubber hoods and vintage Dawes lever grips)
Brakes: vintage Shimano Japan cantilevers (with new cables & pads)
Shifters: vintage Shimano RX100 SL-A550 8 speed SIS
Front Derailleur: vintage Shimano RX100 FD-A551 (double)
Rear Derailleur: vintage Shimano Deore XT RD-M735 (long cage)
Gear Cables: new
Cassette: Shimano HG41-8, 11-30 (new)
Chain: SRAM PC-830 (new)
Cranks: Spa Cycles forged 110bcd compact, 175mm (new)
Chainrings: steel, 8 speed 34/50 (new)
Bottom Bracket: Sunrace sealed cartridge (new) with vintage dust caps
Pedals: you decide
Rims: Salsa Delgado Cross 700c
Hubs: Salsa
QR Skewers: Salsa
Spokes: stainless steel
Tyres: Schwalbe Marathon reflective 700x32c (new)
Inner Tubes: new
Saddle: Brooks B-17 brown
Seatpost: vintage SR Lapdrade fluted aluminium (original to frame)
Seatpost Binder: new (with restored rear brake cable adjuster)
Bottle Cage: aluminium
Extras: restored vintage chrome plated full length mudguards with custom front mudflap and vintage front & rear reflectors, new retro brass bell, new stainless steel fittings throughout, front & rear luggage racks available on request
Weight: 28.5lb

Thanks to:
Ashton Powder Coating for the paintwork

Dawes Cycles for the headbadge

Price: POA