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Old 07-13-14, 05:48 AM   #1
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Dawes Kingpin project, advice wanted!

Hi, ive been given an old Dawes Kingpin shopper bike. Its from 1974 and in very good nick. Problem is that it still has its original wheels 500a in size with steel rims. As these will be deadly in the wet I'm looking to upgrade. Looking online at various forums a pair of 451 wheels would be a suitable replacement with fatter tyres for ground clearance. I'm not sure if I replaced these if I would need to get rid of the hub gear on any new rear wheel as well or if it can be transferred to a new wheelset. This is turning into a bit of a project so any advice would be much appreciated!
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Old 07-22-14, 12:15 PM   #2
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I just cleaned and serviced a Kingpin didn't change the wheels though I like the chrome i just brake sooner than most Dawes Kingpins used the SA AW3 hubs Yep it can be transferred onto a new wheel set it probably just needs a set of different length spokes , Can you buy the front wheel and just a rim the same size and send the rim and hub to your local bike store to replace the hub to the rim ?

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Old 03-25-15, 12:36 AM   #3
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Hi, ive been given an old Dawes Kingpin shopper bike. Its from 1974 and in very good nick. Problem is that it still has its original wheels 500a in size with steel rims. As these will be deadly in the wet I'm looking to upgrade. Looking online at various forums a pair of 451 wheels would be a suitable replacement with fatter tyres for ground clearance. I'm not sure if I replaced these if I would need to get rid of the hub gear on any new rear wheel as well or if it can be transferred to a new wheelset. This is turning into a bit of a project so any advice would be much appreciated!
Why would they be deadly in the wet?
I've generally only ever ridden with steel rims since the 1970's, and never really had too many problems with them. As 'Threespeedmad' says, you just have to think about your braking a bit more...
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Old 03-25-15, 01:49 AM   #4
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Alloy does brake better than steel in the wet. You could just change the front wheel. That way you keep your SA hub in the rear.
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