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1983 Dawes Atlantis 531c added to the stable

Old 08-16-18, 02:48 AM
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1983 Dawes Atlantis 531c added to the stable

Purchased a pretty beat up Dawes Atlantis today. I'm a little bit regretful but I'm sure I won't be after putting some work into it. I've seen plenty worse dents and it was pretty cheap. It's surprising to see 531c on a brand that no one seems to care about! I'm thinking about stripping it down to the bare frame to weigh it and compare to the Tommaso and my Vitus 980 Peugeot. Seems to be all original except for the wheels, which are nice enough, if worn. I may just update the cockpit and brakes. Not really sure what we're going to do with it.

The strangest thing I noticed about this bike is the measurements. It seems to have a 52cm seat tube and 56cm top tube? Quite strange, may have gotten my measurements off.
As found. Will be posting about this project here.
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Originally Posted by Stormy Archer View Post
Purchased a pretty beat up Dawes Atlantis today. I'm a little bit regretful but I'm sure I won't be after putting some work into it. I've seen plenty worse dents and it was pretty cheap. It's surprising to see 531c on a brand that no one seems to care about! >>>>> SNIP>>>>>
The Atlantis has a place in British cycling history as Dawes' flagship model. The frames were hand assembled in a separate production line ó if memory serves. There is a forum somewhere that features a complete rebuild of an Atlantis I did for a friend in 2012. The frame was stripped to metal and resprayed with baked stove enamel in original colours. Authentic graphics were reproduced. Vintage and retro parts did not make the original, factory Atlantis, but the vintage look was retained. I will look for the forum, but I think the fotos will not be there now. I have some around that I will try to post. If you can handle that asymmetrical frame, I think any regrets you may have will evaporate.
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There is love for the Dawes amount those who are lucky enough to own and ride them. My early 80ís Dawes of unknown model is a dream to roll!

i look forward to your rehab.
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The Dawes Galaxy was a well respected family of touring bikes. They were never the size of Fuji or Raleigh. They pulled out of the USA sometime in the 1980's. Cheers
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The Atlantis has a place in British cycling history as Dawes' flagship model. The frames were hand assembled in a separate production line ó if memory serves. There is a forum somewhere that features a complete rebuild of an Atlantis I did for a friend in 2012. The frame was stripped to metal and resprayed with baked stove enamel in original colours. Authentic graphics were reproduced. Vintage and retro parts did not make the original, factory Atlantis, but the vintage look was retained. I will look for the forum, but I think the fotos will not be there now. I have some around that I will try to post. If you can handle that asymmetrical frame, I think any regrets you may have will evaporate.
No need, I already found and read through your thread

I'm going do a pretty gross build in a few minutes to see how I like it fitted better to me. Is there story with the asymmetry??? Something like how Puch/Austro Dailmer only bought 1 size of top tube?
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Check your measurements. My frame is pretty much square.

BTW, Dawes were know for putting everything into their frame, knowing that as the rider progressed, they would upgrade as they went. Dawes were known as “ The working man’s bike”.

the fire at the factory pretty much took all of the records with it. Owners posting on the internet are our best hope of assembling a history and database of models.
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Iíve had this Atlantis around for a few years. I took it in trade for some bike mechanic work. It was/is a bit rough, but makes a great commuter. The seat tube is about 56cm c-c and the top tube is about 58 c-c.

Decal says the frame is 531c and the fork is 531.


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