Re: [CR]Dayton Cycles of London - Dayton Flyer


Example: Framebuilders:Norman Taylor

Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2008 15:46:10 -0400
To: james young <jimbobadahey@hotmail.com>, <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
From: John Betmanis <johnb@oxford.net>
Subject: Re: [CR]Dayton Cycles of London - Dayton Flyer
In-Reply-To: <BLU128-W237A6A4879599B02B97557DEB20@phx.gbl>


I remember a friend rode a Dayton Roadmaster when I lived in the UK in the 1950s. This was a mass-produced lightweight racing-style bike. The frame was resistance welded from Accles & Pollock Kromo tubing. I think it carried a sticker that said "amalgam", what they called the construction process. I believe the welding process was to fixture and press the tubes together at the mitre, pass the welding current through, pressing the joint together as the steel melted, forming a ridge. These were an entry level club machines. The one I remember was white with red lettering, had a Mansfield saddle and Weinmann braked (I think).

At 07:04 PM 11/06/2008 +0000, james young wrote:
>Hi Folks,
>
>I have just acquired a Dayton Cycles Flyer, rescued from abandonment at the
> side of the road. Never having heard of the marque before, I wonder if any
>one can shed any light on its history.
>It has Bayliss Wiley hubs and GB Sport brakes, which I presume are original
>. The rims, unfortunately, have been jumped upon (a common pass time for ou
>r local ne'er do wells). The most interesting detail in my opinion is the '
>amalgam' frame construction where the main tubes are flared out into a flan
>ge and directly brazed onto the head tube, bottom bracket shell.
>
>Thanks,
>
>Jim Young
>
>Edinburgh Scotland

/john