I think there was only 23 of these Aventuras made and the last one I recollect being for sale in here was number 5.... a 1983 vintage and was sold I believe for £1,200 in June last year?
Edit...I'm on the itouch and still can't copy and paste dammit..... Use the search and type in cleland for sale or cleland aventura number 5
Double edit...I haz woken
...that thread is here but as you can see theirs was quite minthttp://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... sc&start=0
In 1982 This bike was the first to be sold by Cleland Cycles Ltd. Cleland was in all probability the first off-road bicycle manufacturer in Europe? So that would make this the first purpose built European off-road bicycle to be produced and sold.
Before this bike the only way to get a British built off-road bike was to build your own, and a couple of people did make their own 'Mountain Bike' copies as early as 1981. In 1979 bicycle journalist Richard Grant brought ti Britain an original Klunker that he bought from Gary Fisher. Therafter, a few people did bring back mountain bikes from the US, usually those made by Tom Ritchey. The first mountain bike imported into the UK was the original Ridgeback model that first became available in 1983. And the first UK produced mountain bike Was the FW Evans ATB/Saracen ATB that first appeared in the shops in May 1984.
Before Cleland Aventura No.3, there were six custom built prorotypes dating from 1979 onwards. These prototypes built upon the knowledge that Geoff Apps gained from customising existing bikes for off-road use. A process that he began with Tracker style bikes in the mid 1960's.
This bike is well used and practical and most of its parts are original. The two major exceptions being fitting of wider mudguards and the replacement of the standard TA chainset with a ground-braking 'micro-drive' chainset made by Highpath Engineering circa 1987.
The original owner of this bike was famed for wearing unusual hats. Most famous of these was a pith helmet. When Charlie Kelly saw photos he incorrectly assumed that British off-road cyclists often wore pith helmets.