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Old 05-02-20, 06:18 PM
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Free Dawes Echelon....

I was given this who bought it new. I think it's a 1982 Echelon, but due to the clamp on shifters, it may be older. In the middle of restoring it right now...:





Am I about right at 1982? Or is it earlier?
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Originally Posted by johnspack View Post
I was given this who bought it new. I think it's a 1982 Echelon, but due to the clamp on shifters, it may be older. In the middle of restoring it right now...:





Am I about right at 1982? Or is it earlier?
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Thank you very much for posting.

There is also a marque by the name of Echelon.

Dating: agree it appears slightly earlier.

There may be a clockface type date marking on the backside of the cycle's Weinmann brake calipers. They look like they are probably original to the cycle -




If chainset original to bicycle you can retrieve a helpful date from the backside of the crank arms.

Frame constructed with BOCAMA lug pattern Professionnelle Luxe.

Fork crown Vagner DP.

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On the downtube under the banded shifter, do you have a nib stop to keep the shifters from sliding?
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Old 05-03-20, 04:22 PM
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Yep, it has a nib stop. It is an original Reynolds 531 frame, and the serial on the bottom of the BB suggests it may be 1979.
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Old 05-04-20, 03:06 PM
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Got around to pulling the weinmanns to detail them, and right there stamped on the back was 1979! Thanks to juvela for that tip. Pretty sure this is a 79 bike now.
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Nice bike for any price. Keep the pictures coming as you progress.
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I so want to identify my unknown Dawes. It looks exactly like yours but does not have the lug cut outs.

What is your serial #?
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My serial #, that I found on the bottom of my BB was CH9693 and then a small 5. Very weird as the C does not correspond to anything, it's supposed to be where it was manufactured. The first number after the 2 letters is the year. 1979. The H is a month, don't really care.
If you have Weinmann caliper brakes, pull them off and read the back, they will have a year stamped into them.
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Old 05-13-20, 04:34 PM
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Needed to make it more tourable, considering I'm almost 60 and probably won't race a lot on it. Got crosstop brake levers, had to get newer front levers as well. Found a set of Suntour thumb shifters and put them where I
can use them. I can shift by just moving my hand down the bar, and while still holding on, shift. Then move my hand back up. I rather like this setup, and dam the bike is fast!

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And yes, my handlebar wrap job is horrible... first time in my life I've ever done it. It's gel wrap, I can take it back off and do it again! For now though, I just wanted to ride the bike....
Any clever ideas to get past the shifters is very welcome!
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Days of my youth

In my early 20's I owned this exact bike. I bought it in 1980 here in the U.S. at a local shop. It was my pride and joy, I averaged 35 miles per day weather permitting. I had a pretty good reputation among locals as a serious cyclist and never turned down a sprint challenge. I out ran the police on their fancy moped on more than one occasion. Now I ride a mountain bike, just for excersise, my days of out running anyone are over!
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