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1975(?) Dawes Galaxy

Old 09-30-18, 08:28 PM
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1975(?) Dawes Galaxy

I just picked up this Dawes Galaxy. The seller said that his father in law bought it in 1974 or 1975, and it does seem to resemble the one in the 1975 catalog I found online.


However, it has an interesting assemblage of components, many of which I would guess are upgrades from stock

- Huret front derailleur

- Suntour GT rear derailleur (upgrade?)

- Suntour shifters (upgrade?) mounted on the stem (downgrade?)

- Sakae SA crankset (upgrade?)

- Sakae bottom bracket (upgrade?)

- Weinmann center pull brakes

- Shimano hubs (upgrade?)

- Shimano quick release skewers (upgrade?)

- Aluminum (I think) 27" rims (upgrade?)


Does that sound right? Pictures of particular components available on request.


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Old 09-30-18, 08:57 PM
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The factory-stock Dawes Galaxy I saw some years ago had lovely engraved handlebars - does yours?

The Weinmann center pull brakes, GB handlebar stem, and Huret front derailleur may be original. Your front rim looks like an older Weinmann. If the hubs are Normandy you may be able to read a date code from the centers of the hub shells. The date format is mm/yy so 04 78 would be April 1978.

Stronglight steel cottered cranks were original equipment on the example I examined.
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I have found, built and ridden several Dawes Galaxy bicycles, over the years.

Some of the components have been changed out on the OP's Dawes. This Dawes is original(Weinmann brakes, Simplex transmission, Stronglight cottered crank, 27" steel wheels, Normandy hubs, Wrights saddle(usually) a Brooks option seemed to be available, though...
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The factory-stock Dawes Galaxy I saw some years ago had lovely engraved handlebars - does yours?

The Weinmann center pull brakes, GB handlebar stem, and Huret front derailleur may be original. Your front rim looks like an older Weinmann. If the hubs are Normandy you may be able to read a date code from the centers of the hub shells. The date format is mm/yy so 04 78 would be April 1978.

Stronglight steel cottered cranks were original equipment on the example I examined.
The handlebars have the a map of Great Britain etched on them as seen in this thread:
GB MAES "map of Britain" handlebars

Is it a nice feature.

The hubs are Shimano, not sure about the rims - I haven't found any markings, but I haven't looked very closely either. A magnet was not attracted to the rim, so I'm assuming they are aluminum.
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Old 10-01-18, 08:16 AM
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I have found, built and ridden several Dawes Galaxy bicycles, over the years.

Some of the components have been changed out on the OP's Dawes. This Dawes is original(Weinmann brakes, Simplex transmission, Stronglight cottered crank, 27" steel wheels, Normandy hubs, Wrights saddle(usually) a Brooks option seemed to be available, though...
It sounds like the original owner upgraded most of the components. That was nice of him

Have you seen any with Huret front derailleurs? Swapping out a Simplex for a Huret doesn't seem to make a lot of sense.

How would I figure out the max cog size for the rear derailleur? I'm thinking I'd like to get the biggest granny gear on there it can handle. Also, would it be able to handle a 6 speed cassette?

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Old 10-01-18, 09:01 AM
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Early 70s Galaxies had Milremo branded hubs. Not sure through what year tho.
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Congrats on the score! They are nice riders.
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Have you seen any with Huret front derailleurs? Swapping out a Simplex for a Huret doesn't seem to make a lot of sense.
I can honestly say that I have never run across a Galaxy with a Huret derailleur.

"Does it make sense to do so?" You bet. Just about anything else will be better than the plastic Simplex, which was original to the Galaxy unless, of course, you are a purist, like me, then only original will do...
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Swapping out a Simplex pushrod front derailleur that in all likelihood developed the dreaded Delrin crack and fell apart for an inexpensive but reliable and durable Huret makes sense to me!
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"Does it make sense to do so?" You bet. Just about anything else will be better than the plastic Simplex, which was original to the Galaxy unless, of course, you are a purist, like me, then only original will do...
Ah... I was not aware of the plastic bits - I don't think I've ever run into one of those. As a purist, where do you find the OEM baling wire?

I will be thankful for the Huret.
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Good buy! I think all the Galaxy's were Reynolds 531 but straight gauge so not the lightest bikes. Quite nimble handling considering the long wheelbase and relaxed geometry. Very strong dependable touring bikes.
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I believe the older ones (late 60's) had the plastic Simplex derailleurs and they moved on to Huret?
Those are some pretty bikes. What is the bungee cord holding in the second photo - a bottle cage?
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As a purist, where do you find the OEM baling wire?
Sorry, not OEM bailing wire, its that exotic copper stuff. And where did I get it? Two of the cheaper forum members fighting over a penny:-)
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Nice bike. I would replace the stem shifters with barcons and keep the derailleurs.
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Nice bike. I would replace the stem shifters with barcons and keep the derailleurs.
I like that idea. I assume Suntour friction barcons would work?
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For completeness in the list of components, it has Wiemman rims and a Suntour Perfect 14-32t freewheel.

I certainly intend on replacing the chain, and I've always read that freewheels and chains should be replaced together. However, the teeth on this look like they are in pretty decent shape. Should it be replaced anyway?


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Replace the chain with an eight speed master linked one. These chains are lighter and work better, on five, six, seven and eight cog sets, than do the old school ones. I prefer SRAM and that chain works just fine on this mid-fifties cottered crank and five cog freewheel...


As for the cog set? I would use it, assuming the freewheel is not too warn out inside (sloppy and wobbly).
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Well, I am finally "done" overhauling this bike. Besides the completely necessary stuff - general cleaning, chain, tubes, tires, cables, housings, bearings, brake shoes - I also...
- removed the decals that were in bad shape
- replaced the stem shifters with bar end shifters
- replaced the cup and cone bottom bracket with a cartridge
- replaced the pedals with Shimano ones with clips on one side, platform on the other
- replaced the stem with a Velo Orange quill to threadless adapter and a Velo Orange stem
- replaced the handlebars with a Velo Orange crazy bar

I'm pretty happy with it. I'm planning on doing some bike camping with my son, so soon it will also be getting a rack and panniers.



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Looks great. Nice work!
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