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Old 08-02-06, 08:25 PM
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Dawes Touring Bicycle

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I spoke to a woman selling as she desribes a "Dawes English Touring Cycle" I have not seen the bike biut she says it has the following:

531 Frame & Fork
Phil Wood Hubs
Suntour Cylone FD & RD
Tektro BraKe Levers
Weinman Brakes
Cranks Unknown
HEadset Unknown
Concave Wheels (?)
Black
57 cm Frame
"Great Shape"

$250

Is Dawes worth Considering? I don't know much about them. Any opinions experince would be helpful.
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Old 08-02-06, 08:38 PM
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If it fits, I would grab it. I would probably pick it up even if it didn't fit unless it was really big or very small. don
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Old 08-02-06, 09:26 PM
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I remember one of these from the early 70s. The college-aged leader of the AYH bike tour I took in Nova Scotia had one. Nice bike, as I recall.
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Old 08-02-06, 10:46 PM
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wienmann wheels probably 27 inch... very well respected wheels I understand. Nice looking too if you ask me. sounds like it has been cared for too as someone has updated it recently with the new brake levers.
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Old 08-03-06, 04:27 AM
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Dawes make the std English touring bike: the Galaxy which is roughly equivelent to a Trek 520. Pretty much every touring club ride will include a Galaxy in the start lineup. The quality can be OK or very good depending when it was made. Older ones are often better.
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Old 08-04-06, 03:30 AM
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i recently aquired one of these Dawes ladies bikes,a white one with a white simplex "alpha" derailleur , hand made in England , having gone over it from stem to stern i can safely say , tho ladies bikes do nothing much for me,i will be sad to let this one go , its all class as only the English can do (as per -RR, Jag etc etc) i dont know if its worth much but i recon you got a good score !
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Old 08-04-06, 04:06 AM
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If it fits grab it! The frame set is worth that, I wish I still had my Bob Jackson with the 531...

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Old 08-04-06, 05:19 AM
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I still ride my Dawes Double Blue. It was my first "good" bike, purchased in 1981, although when I stripped the frame for a repaint I was shocked by the poor quality of the brazing. Nonetheless, I'd snap up a Galaxy in a heartbeat, if it fit.
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I rode over to look at the bike. The paint is a bit worn as are the decals,but the model is a"Super Galaxy" as best I can tell. It also has a Phil Wood bootom bracket Terry saddle and Specialties TA Triple 1/2 step w/ granny gear, Fenders and front & rear wierd thin wire racks. I told the seller that $150 was my limit and she eventually agreed. She new what she had was nice but had posted a CL add w/ no pics so I was the only one who showed. I pick the bike up tomorrow. Now what to do with it? I have to say I rode my 77 TX 500 Trek over to look at the bike and when I took the Dawes if for a test ride,it was like slipping on a pair of well worn in leather shoes!! It was actually more comfortable than the Trek! I felt like Iwas riding on a lay-z-boy! Oh man I now have way too many bikes!!
Someone stop me before I buy again!! I will try to post some pics. Thanks all for your input.
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Old 08-05-06, 06:28 AM
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Congratulations! I hope you enjoy the ride.
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Great purchase, fender1. I was about to post a reply to your OP suggesting that you buy it until I scrolled down to see that you already did! You should really enjoy that Dawes.
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Old 08-05-06, 07:07 PM
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Go for it! As teambhultima would attest, the only thing better would be an Austrian frame.
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Old 08-08-06, 07:24 AM
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A 531 touring frame will really shift for $250 over there? I have GOT to start selling more things to America......
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