I once had a Novara X-R. It was a bit small. Liza rode it, then I gave it to Alex, who ended up finding a home for it in Seattle.
It's an interesting bike to me. Usually, I see them with flat bars like this.
The X-R I bought on craigslist had odd drop track-style bars and bar-end shifters on it, which I always assumed was a weirdo fix that the previous owner did to it.
As you look at all these pics (do it!) -- notice the wheel size. It's 700c.
Now... look at this bike that I saw today:
Granted, it's really hard to see the details, so you'll have to take my word for this:
-- it had the same weird bars and bar-end shifters that my X-R had.
wait for it...
It f'ing had 26" (559) friggin wheels!! The fork was not original, but the brazed-on canti-posts for 559 were original.
$90 with old LX stuff. Internal top-tube cable routing. My size. Looked to be about 56-58.
I let it go. Walked away. Went home.
Came back to buy it.
Thankfully, it was gone.
2 hours ago