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F E Dunning - 1955

Submitted by John Faulkner


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Frame
 F E Dunning 1955 - frame no. 161155 on frame and fork coloumn; lightweight club tourer; seat tube 23"; Nervex Lugs
Wheels
Dunlop 26 x 1¼" chrome steel rims on Bayliss Wiley large-flange fron hub and Sturmey Archer 4-speed FM rear
Chainset Williams
Pedals Phillites (had Webb on right which has been replaced)
Gears  Sturmey Archer  FM (4-speed medium ratio)
Brakes GB Superhoods with earlier stirrups
Stem/Bars Presto steel stem with GB alloy Maes 'ferrule' bars
Saddle  Brooks B17 Competition Standard on domed steel seatpin
Extra details  Phoenix Ivorette guards. Weight 12.4KG (27lbs). Appears to be original except for pedals, bar wrap (which is temporary until trigger position is determined) and Kenda gumwall tyres which I'm not keen on. Paint, decals and chrome ends are excellent, save the front forks where paint doesn't adhere well on the chrome underneath. Presto stem is in need of re-chrome. My information on Dunning is sparse... I know that the FE Dunning Ltd. company was dissolved in January 1968 and that the Willesden CC has a Dunning Cup. Dunning is mentioned in News & Views 304, but that's the sum of my knowledge to date. Hopefully this feature will elicit more info on a quality, lesser known London Lightweight maker.

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Left: Chrome rear ends, lining and FM gear with quick release cable
Right: Bottom bracket detail showing more lining detail and grease nipple

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Down tube detail

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Left: Head and seat tube decal
Right: Seat cluster showing topeye and more of the lining