Friday, 15 July 2011

Dawes Kingpin

Not quite sure what I'm doing with the Dawes Kingpin. Some last minute impulse buy on ebay saw me win her for £10.60. Wasn’t quite expecting to win but hey ho, the bike wasn’t too far away so I went and picked it up. Actual pictures will no doubt come but to set the scene I’ve never seen feathers on a bike before, old tired and rusty, to be honest exactly as advertised.

Or was it that I simply had to buy the bike after playing and loving Kingpin on the PC...careful with the below, not child friendly!

"...get back to me when you got a dollar"

I like the Dawes Kingpin, it’s a well put together frame that’s built to last, the 20” wheels also make it good for dealing with the lumps and bumps on the road. Rather than a restoration to something like this on

...I’m thinking renovation to something similar to the following (courtesy of heaed909 on

Other options include the following, not really for me though.

I was after a Dawes Kinpin or Raleigh Twenty...Dawes won, I believe I can use a modern BB on her, we'll see.

This wont be a quick build!


  1. How are you getting on with this project? I have just finished a Kingpin restoration you can read about it here if you like.

  2. Hi, got my hands on a new kingpin a month a go. Starting soon. Watch this space