We recently got this late 1940s-early 1950s Dawes Courier in and I have been riding it as my commuter bicycle. It was previously owned by a shop friend that customized it with heavy duty 700c wheels(rather than the original 26″ wheels) and modern brakes and rack. It was a bicycle courier so the bike was appropriate for him. It originally had amazing paint detailing, ghost of the designs are still visible, but lost to the ages. I’m not sure yet what I am going to do with it, but it is a nice riding bike, I think it deserves to be restored to it’s original self.
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Tooks some pics of another Dawes Courier that was for sale at a swap meet in Kalamazoo, MI today if anyone wants to see one with better paint. Sorry for the crappy focus work; it was very bright light and I couldn't see my screen for most of these pics: http://s1203.photobucket.com/user/flyingdutchman63/library/Dawes%20Courier%20FS
Well, a year later and this Courier was again for sale by the same guy. I was fortunately able to buy it this time after selling some other bikes and now it's sitting on my porch in all its 1950's grandeur! Here are some updated photos including some details I'd missed last year: https://www.facebook.com/timpotter63/media_set?set=a.10204602300567284.1073741989.1527606092
Sorry for you non-Facebookers.
Would appreciate any addtl. info. regarding Couriers in general via Facebook. Thanks! Tim
Took some studio photos of it for your reference: