A bit of a relic, just purchased for a friend: Dawes Countryman
Hiya, my friend wants to start cycling to work this spring, but is not a confident cyclist. I don't think she quite has the hang of it yet. So anyway, I know she wanted a bike she can stand over without injury, so I had a hoke around and found this locally and got it for her tonight.
It is a Dawes Countryman, circa ? 1988? and needs new tires (it has monster tires from Holland on it) but basically, it is just what I was hoping to find. It has flat bars, and thumb-side shifters. It has a small frame (18 inches?), mudguards, a rear rack, and okay pedals. Oh, and bonus: there's a kick-stand! The flat tires meant I wasn't able to test drive it, but the gears shift smoothly and the brakes seem to work.
I can't wait to try it out once it gets the once-over and some new tires from my LBS!
I guess this is some sort of early hybrid touring-slash-mountain bike from Dawes? The front fork is something I have not seen before. Has anyone here ever had one? I was familiar with the Galaxy, but have never seen this defunct model.
Last edited by Lolly Pop; 01-26-11 at 04:27 PM.
Reason: added detail!
Brought it into my bike shop today and my mechanic approves. He said you can't get a Reynolds frame for what I paid for the whole bike. He pointed out that it has a long wheelbase, which I hadn't noticed. He agrees it was worth getting and worth spending a few quid on to make roadworthy. It is getting new tires, cables, and brake pads on the rear (front ones are fine, more modern replacement pads have been fitted). I can't wait to take this for a spin!