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    Dawes Cycles?

    Anyone know anything about Dawes road bikes? What can you tell me about them? Quality? History?

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    Mid-range UK maker, a bit like Trek. They make good touring bikes, the Galaxy range.
    The quality goes up and down a bit over time. There have been bad periods with scrappy brazing.

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    Have seen some advertised on EBay recently - Dawes Lightning They look like mediocre-to-poor quality bikes with no-name parts. From what I saw, not bad if you could get one for around 50 bucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelW
    Mid-range UK maker, a bit like Trek. They make good touring bikes, the Galaxy range.
    The quality goes up and down a bit over time. There have been bad periods with scrappy brazing.
    I think the answer is "it depends". There is the old-line UK maufacturer Dawes which I think Michael is refering to and then there are the Dawes bikes which are being sold in the US on eBay. I think the latter are made in Asia and I wonder if they have any connection to the UK company....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAB
    Have seen some advertised on EBay recently - Dawes Lightning They look like mediocre-to-poor quality bikes with no-name parts. From what I saw, not bad if you could get one for around 50 bucks.
    see here http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZchicabike

    But what's no-name about the parts? Usually Sora STI, Alex rims, Kenda tires, Tektro brakes... (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...131726260&rd=1)

    and she doesn't have a single negative feedback.

    Those bikes are what's stopping me from running out and buying a Trek. So affordable, no negative feedback, brand name components, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Umbra
    see here http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZchicabike

    But what's no-name about the parts? Usually Sora STI, Alex rims, Kenda tires, Tektro brakes... (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...131726260&rd=1)

    and she doesn't have a single negative feedback.

    Those bikes are what's stopping me from running out and buying a Trek. So affordable, no negative feedback, brand name components, etc.
    did you buy that silver and red one? i'm interested to hear about the feedback from users that had bought this bike and road it.

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    I have a '71 Dawes Galaxy
    great old school road bike
    originally with Simplex changer (made of Delrin... Plastic!)
    Reynolds 532
    Centre pull brakes (Weinmann)
    sunshine hubs
    Brooks B5N saddle (which is now on my Felt F65)

    I toured on it when I was in HS
    I think the current Dawes touring Galaxy is a diff beast but still quality

    here is a link[/url]Dawes Galaxy Tourer -New

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    I think these are the bikes that forum member "Smokey" was talking about. He got his in the mail and the package said "44 lbs."

    He said the bike was super heavy.

    check this out

    Bike Buying Odyssey (very long)
    Last edited by Serpico; 04-15-05 at 10:34 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggurat
    I think these are the bikes user "Smokey" was talking about. He got his in the mail and the package said "44 lbs."

    He said the bike was super heavy.

    check this out

    Bike Buying Odyssey (very long)
    actually you know what, after i posted this.. i found out about the long post and steer far far away from the 44lbs.. lol

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    Yeah, those Dawes bikes on ebay are tempting if you are looking for super cheap road bike. They may be fine. Then again . . . they might not be and you are stuck spending $300+ for a bike you don't like and/or doesn't fit. Realize that if you go to your LBS for $500 or $600 you can likely get the base Trek, Specialized, Giant, etc with the Sora components and be assured of the proper fit and be able to test ride it etc. In fact, my LBS has the Raleigh Sport on sale for like $400.

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    dawes ebay chikabike

    just got mine in the mail a few days ago. weight is about 26 pounds after i put it together. paid about 230. happy with it.

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    Just thought I'd chime in and say that I've got one of these, had it for about a year and a half now. It's not the lightest bike, but it's pretty solid. It got hit by a car, and I rebuilt it as a fixie with new parts but the same frame, and it's treated me well so far. The frame is light enough, the components are heavy and feel kinda cheap.

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    I'm pretty sure these are just from Bikes Direct. So you're probably looking at a Kinesis (Taiwan) frame stamped with "Dawes" and that's about it. If you look at the ebay posting style and the style on BikesDirect you'll notice they are VERY similar. I also notice that the seller is in the same area as BikesDirect.

    compare
    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/dawes/lt1000.htm
    to
    http://cgi.ebay.com/2007-ALUMINUM-CA...QQcmdZViewItem

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    Quote Originally Posted by believer666
    just got mine in the mail a few days ago. weight is about 26 pounds after i put it together. paid about 230. happy with it.
    Wow. Not bad. Pics?

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    Dawes Red Feather

    Hi Folks. Can anybody help me. I recently bought a dawes bicycle at an auction. It's a hybrid, and has red feather logos. I don't believe for one minute that this is wrong, and the bike is probably about 20 years old, but the only red feather dawes I can find, are ladies bikes 2009. Andy

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    http://www.dawescyclesusa.com/ is an american rip off of the once good;
    http://www.dawescycles.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruirui View Post
    actually you know what, after i posted this.. i found out about the long post and steer far far away from the 44lbs.. lol
    C'mon guys. 44lbs?! You and I both know that your figure is incorrect. I'm not saying that it's not a heavy bike - in fact, at $230 paid (from 2005 post), I can guarantee that it's in the upper 5% of heaviest bikes out there.

    But still, a freaking $400 dual-suspension, disc-brake, mtn bike with full-range shocks, made of STEEL wouldn't even come close to 44 lbs.

    Let's deal with reality here. 26ishlbs for an intro level road bike sounds a lot more accurate - but that's still REALLY heavy, considering that $5000 racing bikes are routinely 16-18lbs nowadays. My Cervelo tribike is 20lbs.
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    Dang.. is mis directed revival of a double zombie thread.

    andybrit3,
    Info on British produced Dawes bikes is most easily found in the Classic and Vintage forum.
    http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/
    http://bicyclenut.bravehost.com/Bicy...nt%20page.html

    The last two bikes on my list are a 50's Lenton Grand Prix and a '64 Raleigh Record.

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    Quote Originally Posted by agarose2000 View Post
    C'mon guys. 44lbs?! You and I both know that your figure is incorrect. I'm not saying that it's not a heavy bike - in fact, at $230 paid (from 2005 post), I can guarantee that it's in the upper 5% of heaviest bikes out there.

    But still, a freaking $400 dual-suspension, disc-brake, mtn bike with full-range shocks, made of STEEL wouldn't even come close to 44 lbs.

    Let's deal with reality here. 26ishlbs for an intro level road bike sounds a lot more accurate - but that's still REALLY heavy, considering that $5000 racing bikes are routinely 16-18lbs nowadays. My Cervelo tribike is 20lbs.
    While you are accurate a person could look at this and come to the conclusion that 4700 bucks or so gets you a bike that is "only" 10-8 pounds lighter. For the market that Dawes is aimed at the dollar spent to weight saved ratio is pretty steep.

    That, and to recycle a (very) old BF cliche: If Lance were on that Dawes he'd still kick my butt on my Litespeed. He'd really enjoy doing it if I showed up on my LeMond.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter View Post
    If Lance were on that Dawes he'd still kick my butt on my Litespeed.

    Until the BB seized.
    "Unless he was racing there was no way he could match my speed."

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    Quote Originally Posted by jemoryl View Post
    I think the answer is "it depends". There is the old-line UK maufacturer Dawes which I think Michael is refering to and then there are the Dawes bikes which are being sold in the US on eBay. I think the latter are made in Asia and I wonder if they have any connection to the UK company....

    Joe
    Don't think they have other than a "Licence" in the name.

    Won't comment on the US ones as I don't know them. The UK company is a mid range manufacturer- or at least for this forum- and they seem to concentrate on Touring and Good solid reliable bikes. Components nothing special- Steel and ally frames probably of Asian origin- like most other manufacturers- but they do have something going for them. They make a good solid bike that you can rely on. Bit too solid for me but if you are into Randonees- then you will find Dawes are every other bike being used by the Experts.

    And they still have a good name over here and warranty is good. At the LBS- they had a 7 year old bike that had a rust problem. It was bad but they replaced the bike with the latest comparable bike they make and upgraded to a higher spec model.

    Most definitely not a "Race" bike- but Touring- Randonees- Commuting and this is one of the bikes to look at.
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    I have been riding the BPms. 150 from Houston to Austin TX. for the past five years on a Dawes lightening and at approximatly twenty four pounds I rearly feel the weight.For a cheap bike[$400] and over 800 miles with no problems,it's worth the price.

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    Search Feature.

    Dawes is now a BD Frame and "Brand". They aren't terrible entry level bikes, but if you have the cash it would be better if you paid out for a better bike.

    As many people have mentioned, its not really 44 lbs (regarding the Lightning DLX). Built with Look Pedals and a bike computer, its around 27 lbs. It rides stiffer than hell though, maybe its the tires, but you can run over anything (potholes, uneven railroad tracks, etc.) on the DLX and not have many problems.
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    I know I am re-opening a new post... but...

    At $260 you could drop another $100 and get ahold of a Nashbar Aluminum road bike (http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...0052_172815_-1). The components and build are better. I'm taking the price minus one of their common 15-20% off coupons.

    Just a thought!

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