I am currently refurbing an old Dayton Cycles and Co Roadmaster for an 82 year old friend of mine who has had it since the late 1950's. I have tried to do some research, but apart from some old leaflets there seems to be hardly any information out on the web about the company. Is there anyone out in cyber world that has any information on it? I think this is one of the first type of lugless bikes.
The bike is in nearly original condition. The rear Benelux gears have been replaced by an ugly Simplex set up which I will try to change. The front mudguard has been broken at some point but I think I will have trouble getting a matching colour replacement! It is in desperate need for an authentic saddle as it has a plastic brooks one on ..... which looks hideous. I think the GB sports MK 3 brakes date it from 1958 to 1961 till the company went out of buisiness.
It has forty years of junk on it which is not coming off to well. The major problem is the dirt is so ingrained that it is making the blue frame colour look a revolting green ....very yucky.
I have attached some photo's of the bike as I don't think there are any on the web of this bike in this colour.
Any suggestions on getting the junk off without rubbing the paint work off would be welcome!
Promise to post the finished product on here when I have finished.