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Old 12-14-16, 09:37 PM
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Hello fellow bikers! First time in this thread!!!!

I today was cleaning out a garage and found 2 frames of bikes that im allowed to take because previous home owner died. The bike is very cool im thinking of fixing and keeping it for my self because i like the style but i know there are certain bikes that have value and im interested and someone here with true knowledge knows if this is worth anything please some knowledge would be highly appreciated







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Old 12-14-16, 09:57 PM
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Old 12-14-16, 10:02 PM
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Psst, most here would consider themselves Cyclists. Bikers wear leather and ride Harleys.

The Dawes is worth working on. If you are 5'-9" or shorter, especially.

Forget about the Blue frame behind. Wheel hanging above is a Tubular rimed wheel, tires need to be glued on.
I ride them but they require learning about them.

If you have a bike co-op that you can get to, use that as a resource to assist with what you need to learn, take the Blue frame too as a donation, someone will find a use for it or the crankset attached.
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Old 12-15-16, 03:52 AM
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
Psst, most here would consider themselves Cyclists. Bikers wear leather and ride Harleys.
Actually people riding Harleys, dressed in identical 50's style motorcycle outfits, consider themselves Bikies.
Bikers wear more modern safety apparel, and ride whatever brand of motorcycle they get the most satisfaction out of.
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The Dawes Galaxy is a collectable bicycle and worth refurbishing, in my opinion. Once road worthy and safe to ride, most markets will pay up to $200 to $300 USD for one. Be forewarned, it will cost a hundred or more to make the bike road worthy and safe to ride, again, my opinion...

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Should i just put new wheels and tires and keep the frame original? Will that make it more of a collectible ?
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Ans i saw another post in another page. And someone said galaxys cost $700 i was trying to find my exact bike but see other looking galaxys but not this one
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Old 12-15-16, 08:16 AM
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Should i just put new wheels and tires and keep the frame original? Will that make it more of a collectible ?
Yup, you got it.

It wants a LOT of cleaning.
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Old 12-15-16, 09:44 AM
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It looks like the Sugino bar end shifters that I added on to my early 1970s Nishiki American Eagle bike. I set it up with lightweight sew-up tires and soon regretted it. As soon as the new high pressure Japanese tires came out, I switched to clincher rims.

If you intend to stay with 27" tires, you can still get a good selection of rims, tires, and tubes at Niagara Cycle Bike Parts | Road Bicycle Parts | Bicycle Repair Parts - Niagara Cycle. Rims, Wheels & Parts - Rims - 27" - Niagara Cycle Switch the hub and spokes to new rims and take it to a bike shop to have the wheels trued.
If you have a decent amount of mechanical ability you should be able to bring this bike back on the road without breaking the bank. Disassemble, clean, and re-lubricate all of the areas where there are bearings. Replace rubber parts like tires, tubes, and brake pads. Check cables and replace if they are rusted or not working freely.

You could switch to 700C rims which makes finding tires and tubes from your LBS a lot easier but make sure there is enough reach on the brake adjustment so it will still fit the new rims.
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Old 12-15-16, 09:54 AM
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Ans i saw another post in another page. And someone said galaxys cost $700 i was trying to find my exact bike but see other looking galaxys but not this one
This isnt worth $700.
Fixed up, it wont be worth $700.
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
Psst, most here would consider themselves Cyclists. Bikers wear leather and ride Harleys.

The Dawes is worth working on. If you are 5'-9" or shorter, especially.

Forget about the Blue frame behind. Wheel hanging above is a Tubular rimed wheel, tires need to be glued on.
I ride them but they require learning about them.

If you have a bike co-op that you can get to, use that as a resource to assist with what you need to learn, take the Blue frame too as a donation, someone will find a use for it or the crankset attached.
Are we sure the blue frame isn't worth messing with? If the OP is taller, it might fit, and it shouldn't be that hard to find some alloy clincher rims that will fit. I'd love to see some more photos of that frame, showing the headbadge and seat tube decals, as well as the dropouts and lugs.

To the OP, there are a LOT of threads here about how to refurbish and rehabilitate these bikes. It's usually only cost-effective if it's a labor of love. If you're not up for a pretty involved but satisfying project, gently clean them up, take better photos, and sell them.

Oops, I just realized that we don't see a fork, headset, brakes, stem/handlebar on the blue frame. If those parts are elsewhere in the garage, it might be worth messing with, if it's a decent quality frame. If they're not, then repechage is giving good advice, that will be a major project.
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Old 12-15-16, 10:41 AM
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Donate them both man. You're gonna be in way over your head on these bicycles unless you have the expertise to do everything yourself. Even then I'm guessing you'd still have close to $200ish and a lot of time into making the Dawes rideable. I'd say if they had some sentimental value then I'd get it, but if they're just some guys old bike then let them go.

You're better off patiently checking your local Craigslist for a bike in way better shape. You'd be surprised by the number of bicycles that have been hanging for 30 or so years in someones garage and are still in like new condition. Often times they're mid to upper level bicycles and can be had for less than $200 if you're patient.

That's the route I'd go, but to each their own.

Good luck either way!
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I don't know about what others are thinking in terms of cost. But, IMHO it will take at least $300 in parts to get that Dawes roadworthy
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I don't know about what others are thinking in terms of cost. But, IMHO it will take at least $300 in parts to get that Dawes roadworthy
Can't agree with you- Seems only to need:

Cables/Housing
Tires/tubes
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Wheels?
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Old 12-15-16, 02:27 PM
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I actually want to work on it myself because i need a hobbie im going to take more pictures soon so u guys can tell me what i excactly need. But i really wish someone had a video on how to do it yourself but professionally lol
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Originally Posted by randyjawa View Post
The Dawes Galaxy is a collectable bicycle

The color schemes on a lot of these older bikes a very beautiful, a refreshing change from the monotone vader black etc that pervades the market now.
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If you have the wheels, and it looks like one in the picture, then you are off to a good start. That said...

Don't spend a penny more than is needed to make the bike road worthy and safe to ride, even if just for a short distance. If the bike rides well (no pulling one way or the other) and if it fits you(yours looks to be a very small frame), then you can start to think about bar tape, cables, new brake pads and the like.

I always Test Ride a bike, before I spend money on it(this is an important read if you hope to avoid costly mistakes). You would be wise to do the same, assuming that you have a wheel set. If no wheels, then you might simply offer the Dawes for sale on Craigslist or Ebay.

As for $700 - not a chance in Hades, in my opinion. The last one to come my way I gave to a fellow forum member. He might want to chime in on value and ride quality.

As for the blue frame, I would not waste to much time on it. That one is very entry level, in my opinion, but without better pictures, I might be very wrong.
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Seriously, see if you can find a bike co-op. Learn, get advice first hand, there are a few special tools that you will need to give the bike a complete service, use the co-op's resources, gain experience THEN decide if you want to invest in tools later.

The Dawes is worthy as a platform, the other, not unless everything for it is hiding beyond the images you posted. Building a bike up from a frame is the most inefficient use of $$ you can do, there are frames worthy of that, the blue one is not.
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That appears to be a 50cm frame, for a rider about 5'3"-5'5". As is, without wheels, maybe $40-$50. A part out would bring about $100.

I bought the Galaxy below a year ago on ebay for about $60.


It now looks like this. For the picky, yes the rear cable is now over the bar .

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At least the Dawes in the pic has Cyclotourist cranks, barcons and a Brooks saddle, so that's a plus. Fixed up well, I could see this bike being worth $300. Maybe a bit more?
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The bike is very cool im thinking of fixing and keeping it for my self because i like the style but i know there are certain bikes that have value and im interested and someone here with true knowledge knows if this is worth anything please some knowledge would be highly appreciated
...I read the thread. I think everyone is trying to tell you knowledgeable stuff, and based on my own experience, the ones who are tellling you this might turn out to be an expensive adventure are right on the money.

But what is life without adventure? And how will we learn without some expense ?
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The crankset on the Dawes is a unique version that came from a '71-'74 Schwinn Sports Tourer. Check the toe clips, I bet they are marked "Schwinn Approved". The barcons may have come from the same bike as well.
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Originally Posted by shafter View Post
Can't agree with you- Seems only to need:

Cables/Housing
Tires/tubes
Bar tape
Wheels?
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The only thing it really seems to need are wheels with tires. The rest looks like it can be reused. If I found that in my size (and I certainly wouldn't mind finding one) I'd fit some wheels, check if the brakes work, and take it for a gentle spin around the block to see how it feels. Then take it apart, clean and lube, and put it back together again. Apart from the wheels I see no need for other major investments in the pics provided. Some of the parts are really nice and would actually be my preferred choice on a touring bike such as this this, like the Brooks saddle, the TA crank set and the Weinmann brakes.
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jueby , there are plenty of videos to watch on youtube .
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