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Re: Dawes Echelon

04 September, 2008 08:30AM
Interesting story.

I you stop and think about it, you don't have a Dawes Echelon any more! What you have is a bike which used to be a Dawes Echelon which you have changed to suit you and where you have replaced components as needed.

What you started out with was a bike with a well made and painted frame with decent kit on it which happened to be made by Dawes. It's what they did at the time the bike was made, and its price at the time it was made reflected that. The fact that it has provided a real workhorse for the thick end of 30 years has more to do with the quality of the origional kit and the fact that you have properly maintained it than it has to do with the name on the down tube. Spend a decent amount of money on a modern bike, look after it and replace running gear as it gets worn out, and you will get the same outcome.

Like many of the great "names", Dawes bikes are made to a different philosophy today when compared to when yours was made. Very few will be running and providing good service 30 years hence.
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