Dawes classic road bike



This Dawes steel road bike, made from Reynolds 531 tubing, is a classic 10 speed bicycle from the late 1980s. Charles F Dawes set up Dawes Cycles Ltd in 1926 in Birmingham in the West Midlands. By the mid-1970s the company was still family owned but after several buy outs the company is now owned by the Tandem Group plc and still operates in the Birmingham area.

Dawes was always perceived as a manufacturer of bikes just a cut above the crowd. They built excellent bikes for tourists… and for Youth Hostellers… and for Clubmen…. bikes with a sense of integrity and an honesty of purpose for all the family.

To define what DAWES meant to the sporting family cyclist, one had only to visit the annual Cyclists Touring Club (CTC) Rally, held in June on the Knavesmire at York. Even in the Rally’s heydey, when there would be displays of handbuilt frames by Woodrup, Mercian and Carlton, there would be hundreds of cyclists arriving on their Galaxies and Super Galaxies. It was almost as though, at a certain time in the firm’s history, the company owned its existence to the CTC members who bought their faithful bikes. A Dawes is for life and not just for Christmas…

Dawes SuntourDawes drilled cranksetDawes engraved bars
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The right bike for you

We try to ensure every bike is well suited to the rider, as a result we have included the following as a guideline for the ideal rider:

Height 6’0″ – 6’4″ (183 – 196cm)
Size (Seat Tube) 65cm
Top Tube 59cm
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The low down


  • Blue
  • Sakae Road Champion engraved bars
  • Weinmann 27″ QR wheels with Maillard hubs
  • Stronglight Drillium 10 speed
  • Brooks B17 saddle
  • Suntour front and rear derailleur
  • Reynolds 531 tubing

What is included?

  • Tool bag with spare inner tube, tyre levers
  • A local map, we can also offer guidance in picking a suitable route
  • Delivery and collection within a 10 mile radius of Bakewell, Derbyshire
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