For almost 40 years the Dawes Galaxy has been the first choice for anybody requiring an off-the-peg, long-distance, weight-carrying bicycle. So it seems only right that a 2010 model should be the first bike we test here.
Ridgeback may be better known for hybrids and commuting bikes, but this fully-featured touring machine sits atop its range. Like the Dalesman it benefits from being a flagship model, and as such it features some extra bells and whistles.
“The Panorama actually couldn’t be more different. There’s far less outright charm or character, but it makes up for that with pannier-loads of ability. It also benefits from being a thoroughly modern touring bike.”