I'm looking at getting a tourer. Was very satisfied with my old Dawes Galaxy (before some rat-bastard junkie stole it). I'd love to get the dream bike (one of the Dawes Galaxy series), but am not sure if it's sensible to plunk out that much money on a new toy. I hope that over the next few months I'll find my dream bike 2nd hand like my last one.
1. Quality of Dawes?
Can anyone confirm the apparent dip in reputation of Dawes build quality in recent years? This has been told to me by a knowledgeable guy at an LBS when I asked him why they don't stock them anymore (and I believe that it's not BS to justify them simply not selling them). The sentiment seems to be reiterated by a few other people as well.
2. Different types of steel?
I presume any old Reynolds 531/853 tubing is gonna be great. My last one was 531, I think. Sorry if this is one of those "for the thousandth time" questions, but is there a big difference? The higher level Dawes use 853 steel, so I assume that's better.
3. Downtube shifter conversion.
While I'm happy with old-school downtube shifters, I'm curious to know if they are easy/standard to convert in the future if I wish to use bar-end shifters (or maybe STI). I trust this is a common thing and easily doable?
4. Is this bike worth it? (edit: considering the ad's a month old I think it's already gone, will find out in a bit)
Dawes Horizon 2nd hand
It's an old Dawes Horizon. I'm 5'8" and I think that's the right size.
Now although the Horizon is not my preferred beast as it sits down the bottom of the line, as a cheap 2nd hand bike I'd be happy knowing I can upgrade. I'm just not sure if the quality of the frame itself is top-notch. Considering how low the bid is right now, I figured why the hell not. But I'm just not sure if I want to bother investing my love, time, and money in a below-par bike. Is it?
Many thanks for your thoughts,