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Raleigh Dawn Tourist? Help please!

Old 03-19-10, 05:33 AM
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Raleigh Dawn Tourist? Help please!

I was hoping someone could help me identify my bike! I was given it on freecycle a year or so ago, covered in ivy and what have you as it had spent the previous 15 years leaning against the back of a barn... Surprisingly little effort later and it was a perfectly well functioning bike.

I have tried to identify it before, and decided it was either a Dawn Tourist or a Ladys Sports, but I am a bit crap at this sort of thing...
I will go and doublecheck the serial number in a minute, not that I am sure it will help much. If memory serves it was 1951 or 1953? Can't remember. In a couple of places you can see that the bike was once green, rather that the delightful shade of rust which it is currently. Obviously I have stuck a basket and bits on there... But other than the lights, basket and skirt guard thing, everything else is as it was when I got it.
Any help at all would be really appreciated!

ETA: Ok the serial number is for 1953, and the hub is AW.

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Old 03-19-10, 06:50 AM
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Have you had a look at the 1951 catalog online?

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/retroral...and/index.html

In that catalog, the Dawn Tourist has an AG rear hub--3-speed generator and a front lamp. The Sport "C" Tourist has an AW rear hub.

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I don't know that the wheels are original, which sort of makes things difficult. They are in considerably better shape than the rest of the bike. There is a lamp bracket but it came with no lamp... However there are marks on the seat post which look like there was a battery pack there at one point which is now gone... I can see traces of some sort of pinstriping-type "decoration" on the frame... Not very useful, I know!
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Looks like a straight Dawn that has lost its lighting system.

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Even with that chain case?
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Actually...?
https://www.sheldonbrown.com/retroral...erbe-dawn.html
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