The rides

I’ve got two bikes… well, three actually although my old commuter bike, a Bike Friday Pocket Llama folder, has been stripped down as I try to find a good local firm that will do me a respray.

It led a hard life ferrying me to and from work for five years across London and deserves a bit of TLC.

So, my regular rides are a fairly old Dawes Galaxy with a lugged Reynolds 531 ST frameset and a very new Thorn Audax Mk3.

I’m a tall rider (6ft 6ins) and you’ll note from the picture that there are the largest frames available in both bikes. That’s 62cm in the Dawes ( I think) and a 600L in the Thorn.

Thorn Audax Mk 3 600L next to the Dawes Galaxy 531 ST in 62cm
The Thorn has a compact frame which means there is 200mm or so of seat post tube showing. Not a problem for me, but not everyone’s cup of tea. There’s also a stack of 130mm or so and a riser stem to get the bars high enough. Again, some people do not like this but I have similar prob ems on the classic Dawes frame so it’s a moot point really. The only way I can overcome it is by going custom and the bank balance doesn’t allow… sadly.

The spec of the Thorn is pretty basic:

Thorn Audax Mk 3 600L next to the Dawes Galaxy 531 ST in 62cmShimano Tiagra Chainset 50,39,30.
Rear cassette: 11-32
Deore Rear mech
Tiagra triple front mech
Tiagra STI Ergo Levers
SKS mudguards
Pro LT handle bars 44cm (46 cm overall)
San Marco Rolls saddle
Thorn seat pin
Shimano A550 deep drop brakes
Wheels: Mavic open sport rims, 36 spokes, Deore hubs, Pasela Panaracer Tourguard Tyres, 25mm.
Pedals: Shimano M 520
Pump: Frame fit Zefal.

The Dawes has had a number of upgrades from standard:

Deore Chainset 26,36,48
Deore rear mech
Rear Casette: 11-32
Dura Ace bar end shifters
Tektro V brake levers
Deore V Brakes
Brooks B17 champion special saddle, green
Pro LT 44cm bars (46cm overall)
Adjustable stem, make unclear
Quill to ahead set converter
Mudguards ( came with bike, soon to be upgrades to SKS)
Wheels: Mavic T520 rims (no longer available), 36 spokes, Deore hubs, Continental Gatorskin tyres (28mm). Excellent wheels, built by Richardsons of Leigh on Sea, Essex. They’re six years old and still going strong.

That said, the kit is all pretty low level, but all works and is easy to fix/adjust. The Dawes will be used for the LeJOG.


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