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    Dawes Galaxy - can you tell me how old it is?

    Hi Everyone,

    This is me unashamedly joining the forum to seek some advice. Eternal gratitude will be forthcoming.

    A couple of years ago I bought a second hand Dawes Galaxy, Reynolds 531, 21 speed. It was beautiful and I fell in love with cycling as a consquence. I then moved on to lighter/newer bikes and I'm now thinking about selling this one (although it will break my heart, I am planning a 6 month CA travelling trip in a couple months time and need all the funds I can get).

    So, how do I go about telling how old it is ? I don't have any of the details from when I bought it, I can't even remember how much I paid. Would a picture be any good?

    Thanks so much for help.

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    Pictures are good, but 21 speeds would put into the mid to late 1980's unless someone upgraded an earlier frame.

    I have a Galaxy, mine is from around 1976.

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    As a reference point, the road bike I bought in 1988 had a 7 speed freewheel. The mountain bike I bought in 1989 had a 7 speed cassette, and by 1990 or '91 8 speed cassettes were the norm.

    Further reference points: straight drop derailleurs and friction shifting were the norm until about 1986, in 1987 or so index shifting was starting to become the norm.

    My advice: keep the Dawes and take it with you on your trip.

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    is there a serial number stamped in the bottom of the BB?
    If yes, ask Dawes when they made the bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skilsaw View Post
    is there a serial number stamped in the bottom of the BB?
    If yes, ask Dawes when they made the bike.
    Dawes no longer has that information. There was a plant fire years ago and the records were lost. There are a few of us that have Dawes of varying ages, but no real serial number pattern has been established.

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    Thanks guys. I'll try and get a photo up tonight.
    I wish I could take it with me! But I'm flying to Central America (from the UK) and don't think I'll be able to take it with me. Even if I don't sell it it'd be good to know a little more about it. I think it could certainly do a service at least.

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    Okay guys, finally got some photos sorted.Any clues? Thanks in advance

    IMAG0051.jpg

    IMAG0048.jpg

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    IMAG0057.jpg

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    The graphics "look like 1980s to me. The concealed brake cables started to show up in the mid/late '80s, although this could be an upgrade to an earlier bike. Is the rear hub cassette (1986/87 and later) or freewheel (pre-1988 or so)?

    Some serial numbers start with the year of manufacture.

    My money is still on 1985-89.

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    Thanks for the help. I'll check out the hub tonight.

    What kind of price should I try and sell it for?

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