When I graduated from high school in 1974, I fly with a friend from Toronto to London, where we went to F.W. Evans, near Elephant & Castle, and picked out two bikes to do a European tour. My friend ended up with an orange-and-black "Eddy Merckx," while I had a pale blue Dawes with sort of burgundy Bluemels fenders. We paid probably $150 each at the time and rode those bikes, with heavy saddlebags, through England, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany before selling them in Munich for about $50 each to a high-end shop that didn't really want to take them. We found cycling in Germany was pretty scary then, unlike the current pro-cycling climate there. We took lots of photos on the trip but I don't think we actually photographed the bikes. The Dawes, and the bargain-basement Merckx rode very well and provided amazingly cheap and fun transport for a summer for two teens. I have no clue as to what the model of the Dawes was, or how it was equipped, but happy memories still of my first big cycling adventure.
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada