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Post by nordog on Fri Sep 19, 2014 2:37 pm

My Dawes brake problem Condor. Front brake cable end at the lever just a few strands holding.
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I had to widen the lever where the bush is to stop the left & right wobble of the lever. question can you still get the bush's? or is there an alternative? Picture taken before cleaning.
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I found just the one spring, I suppose it is the way of stopping the pivot shaft screw from coming undone instead of the spring type washers.
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Picture taken after cleaning.
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Post by Condor on Sun Sep 21, 2014 12:59 pm

It is possible perhaps to get just the bush. But check (say) Ebay. These levers, with the top-pull bars, are still common on roadies and a fresh pair might be a good idea. I think you can still get them new but they will cost a bit. GB, Weinman, Raleigh, different brands but the levers - anodised ally - are more or less all the same. I've checked and haven't any here but, in the past I've had a few pairs second-hand.
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Post by nordog on Sun Sep 21, 2014 2:14 pm

Thanks Condor, I had to compromise and swop the bushes & after prising them apart they fit more firmly. My Claud has the same type but newer. 
Had trouble getting the front lever clamp bolt, so I hit on the idea of placing a small piece of bar tap under the plate holding it high so I could screw the bolt on worked a treat.
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Post by Condor on Tue Sep 23, 2014 2:22 pm

Yes. A tricky job reassembly. A drop of paint (or Loktite) on a thread will keep it fixed and stop it unscrewing but threads (look) 'fine' rather than 'coarse' (BSF not BSW)  so will hold pretty well anyway.
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Post by nordog on Wed Sep 24, 2014 4:52 pm

Another proble aross on my old Dawes Condor, the chain went slack as I rode home yesturday morning from town. I could walk up the slight hill and scooter on the flat then if very lightly peddle
until the chain jumped or fell off. It was so slow:
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Brakes on Diana Dawes Photo_78Dianas jokey wheels are slack.
Seen this make?
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Striped down, the spring is broken.
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Been through all my second hand derailliores & have not found so that will fit this hanger that is for just six speed. Mind you the wheel is just about had it with one spoke gone and is rusting again so might look for a new 700 wheel with say a eight speed cassette for that bit lower gear for the steeper hills.
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Post by nordog on Thu Sep 25, 2014 2:37 am

A nifty jockey wheel assembly dont you think, no need to break the chain or disassemble the jockey wheels.
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Post by Tan on Thu Sep 25, 2014 2:39 am

So hope your Diana Dawes gets fixed soon, then off you go on your nice rides again. Very Happy bike

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Post by Condor on Thu Sep 25, 2014 8:41 am

Suntour yes. It was a good make on the older roadies. A modern Shimano, up to seven-shift, will fit onto back axle/frame drop-out. Not expensive. The old ones though are better metal and more solid.
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Post by nordog on Thu Sep 25, 2014 4:41 pm

Thanks Condor, I have found the exact same one on ebay today and put a bid in at £7.00.
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Post by Condor on Fri Sep 26, 2014 3:46 pm

That's good. It will keep bike to original spec. The back cog cassette is a bit modern to I suspect - the original - a goldy coloured thing, may have only had 5 gears. The one fitted goes on more modern MTB's. The deraileur had very close jockeys which is 'Campag. like'. When new a Suntour may have cost say £6 and a similar looking Campagnolo part would have been say £ 15 !  Really cheap stuff then was Huret and Simplex. Suntour is still a trade name but not the same company.
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Post by nordog on Wed Oct 08, 2014 3:23 am

Thanks Condor for the history, very neat looking unit.
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