I've re-built my Jamis Dakota! The poor thing has been languishing in my basement in bits since March, so last week I decided to get her built up again.
I think it was selling and boxing up my 87' Fisher that reminded me that I needed to get this bike sorted out and back on the trails.
Here is my original post, and will up-date it at the end
I've finally got my hands on another Jamis Dakota. This was a bike that I rode to death in the late 80's. I saved up all summer for a new bike and had about £350 to spend.
As I'm sure you're aware, this wasn't going to stretch to the Stumpjumper that I really wanted, so I started shopping around.
My Dad suggested a visit to the local Viceroy showroom, at which point I laughed at him! However, he dragged me along and I found they had a showroom Jamis Dakota that was last years model and was up for around £400. I was completely smitten!
I loved the faux fillet brazed frame and the fact I was getting a Deore groupset!
Best of all though were the bronze anodised RM20's.
My Dad managed to get the price down to about £330 for cash and the deal was done.
Most of my mates pissed themselves when I told them I had bought a bike they had never heard of, and from Viceroy.
They were bloody impressed when they saw it in the flesh though
Anyhow, I rode that bike everywhere. When I left school and started my engineering apprenticeship, I rode it to the training school every day. Got knocked off a few times, but she kept on going.
Was totally gutted when it was stolen from my shed in 1991
Since finding this site I've been keeping my eyes peeled for another one, but didn't expect one to come up.
Then mrkawasaki puts his up for sale and its now in bits in my flat
The timing of it is awefull, as I have only just sent my Fisher to be coated and have that to rebuild.
My flat is pretty tiny, but there was no way I could let the Dakota slip by.
Not planning to do anymore than give it a damn good clean up, T-cut and touch-up the frame and new cables etc. Its missing the from RM20, but dont hold out much hope of finding another bronze one
I dont want it to look new, I want the bike back I lost in 1991
Here are a few pics....
Cant wait to get this one done and have my first ride on a bike I loved for 19 years