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my new bike!

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by skmc1955, 23 Jun 2008.

  1. skmc1955

    skmc1955 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Hull
    just ordered a Dawes Horizon(aluminium) to do a bit of day/weekend cycling, anybody got one of these, or an opinion on them?
     
  2. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    Not got a Horizon but I've had a Discovery and the husband has a supergalaxy and we're both big fans of Dawes!! When does it come?
     
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    skmc1955

    skmc1955 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Hull
    hi cathryn, it arrives wednesday,I,m on nights this week so I hope they manage to wake me up when it arrives, I can usually sleep through the bin mens visit!
     
  4. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    You'll be too excited - you'll be wide awake!
     
  5. Baggy

    Baggy Cake connoisseur

    I own a Dawes Horizon (a steel one) called Betty. We've trundled many thousands of happy miles together - hope you enjoy yours :smile:
     
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    skmc1955

    skmc1955 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Hull
    I,ve just had a quick look at your site, some great pics of fantastic places! I,ll have a better look when Ive got more time, who knows, one day me and my horizon may get there!
     
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    skmc1955

    skmc1955 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Hull
    hi Baggy, is it obligatory to give your bike a name, apart from the one you call it when you get a puncture!
     
  8. Baggy

    Baggy Cake connoisseur

    Well, sometimes a name suits them, sometimes not...

    Betty is Betty Blue, cos she's blue, and I also have Poppy, who is very red and has a big "P" on her head tube. Before that I owned two nameless green bikes.

    Names also make things less confusing in this house as we own 3 blue bikes and 2 red between us...!
     
  9. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    Glad you like it.

    My bike is called Liesl. I think it completely obligatory to name your bike. Wouldn't you name anything else that you spent hours riding???
     
  10. ...and I have an Ultragalaxy called Reg...
     
  11. Plax

    Plax Veteran

    Location:
    Wales
    I've never named my bikes. I just call them either the GT / Hybrid (for my GT Nomad Sport), or the Dawes (for my Ultra Galaxy). The latter is "Metallic Grey" (looks a bit dark green to me), and is by far my "favouritest" bike in the whole wide world. Should I at least consider a name for her? For some reason Grethel just popped into my head!

    PS skmc1955 you will fall in love with the Horizon I have no doubt.
     
  12. dragon72

    dragon72 Veteran

    Location:
    Mexico City
    I have a 2004 Horizon (also Aluminium) and think it's great. Still haven't given her a name. Suggestions please.

    Horizons have their fair share of knockers (ooh err) but I think they're great value for money.

    Sure, I've spent a little bit of cash upgrading (Brooks B17 saddle, SPD pedals, new bottom bracket after 3,000 miles, new rear cassette & chain after 5,000, new gear cable after 5,000, new bar tape after 5,500) but think that pound-fer-pound they're very good value.

    The brake-lever shifters are splendid (still can't get my head around why Galaxy people like bar-ends) and never had any probs (touch wood), and it can take decent camping tour loads. I don't worry about rust like steel bike owners would, but concede that if the frame broke in Timbuktu I wouldn't be able to get it welded. But I'll live with that as I mainly ride in the first world.

    Not to criticise people who spend 4 figures on a bike, as I envy them massively, but I reckon the Horizon is an excellent "entry-level" choice and will get you on the road enjoying life just a much as someone on a Koga Miyata or Super Duper Schmooper Ultra Schmultra Galaxy.

    Enjoy!
     
  13. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    Totally agree. I have a thorn that I adore beyond words but spent many a year touring on a £200 dawes hybrid and never noticed that my bike wasn't nop notch!!!
     
  14. Soltydog

    Soltydog Guru

    Location:
    near Hornsea
    Looks a good bike. You'll have to let us know how you get on with it. I'm looking for a new tourer in the autumn.

    Where abouts in Hull are you? Anywhere near the TPT. It will be a good route to try the bike out on. I regularly use the Hatfield to Hull section for my commute
     
  15. craigwend

    craigwend Grimpeur des Holderness

    I live near(ish) Hatfield!

    look out for a green galaxy with child trailer going very slow!