I'm planning on building up a touring bike for my partner for her birthday.
Must be lightweight, have a wide gear range, pannier mounts. Mixte/step through frames nice but not essential. Ideally something 90s, nice light steel tubing. Basically a Dawes Galaxy or something similar. She's 5'4", so I'm guessing something around 50cm ctc would be ideal
The only catch is that it has to be a "nice colour"... she has flat out refused a couple of recent eBay finds on the grounds that it looks too dark or the decals are ugly. Frankly, I respect her commitment to aesthetics. No point owning a bike you can't sit and stare at
UPDATE: Have now got ours hands on a lovely raleigh royal courtesy of @tomatoe. It's a little on the long side for her with drops, so we're going to try it out with risers. so we're now looking for the following:
Will probs get some of these bits new, but thought it worth checking on here first!
Spotted this, not mine nor any relation to the seller
Ah, great minds - I'd spotted that earlier too. Definitely fits the "nice colour" objective! Cheers
But it’s blue! :)
bump, updated first post with the following wanted stuff:
Got some BLB bronsons and a quill stem (that might not be short enough reach actually). Will check stem size and update. Also have some canti pull levers.
Sounds good cheers, at least the bars and levers should be good. Feel free to PM me with prices etc and the stem size once you've found out
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