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Old 02-11-07, 07:36 AM
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Dawes Galaxy

Did a bunch of cleanup on my Green Galaxy this week. Any other Dawes out there?
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Old 02-11-07, 07:44 AM
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had one of those in the 80's.......you should love the ride of the 531 tubing.
 
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I bought this exact bike in 1970 ( I was a sophomore in HS)
my dad and I bought the same bike together (2 bikes, same color)
Simplex changers, etc.
Mine got stolen about 18 months later (boo)
I've sort of inherited my dad's as he no longer rides
Unfortunately, it is down to just the frame as it has evolved as a cruiser, single, and fixie.
I'm trying to get a new crank/BB on there and set it up as a SS

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Old 02-11-07, 08:55 AM
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Here's one for sale on craigslist in champaign, IL

https://chambana.craigslist.org/bik/275563261.html


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Old 02-11-07, 10:15 AM
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I have a Dawes Galaxy frameset, early 70's I suspect. It is destined to become a "Club Racer" with an internal geared hub. I have a nice FG hub on the way The paint is in rough shape but that will improve shortly

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Old 02-11-07, 11:51 AM
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I've got a Double Blue that was possibly the last one imported. It was a replacement frame for one that I had purchased in '80 that broke a dropout about four years later. Great bike.
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Old 02-11-07, 12:43 PM
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While we are on the subject of Dawes Galaxy...anybody have a clue how to positively get the year on one? The one I have is a brown color with the oval decals, round head badge, chrome fork tips, chrome rear triangle, no dérailleur hanger and a head light mounting boss on the right fork blade....any takers as to the year?

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Old 02-11-07, 06:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Chuckk
It's hard to date Dawes because all the records were destroyed in a factory fire in 1978.
The last year for the torch headbadge was '75.
The name has been through many owners since '78, the present indignity being Chinese E-bay bikes.
Thanks Chuck,
That narrows it down a bit, so that means mine was probably late 70's but by '77 the headlight boss had disappeared according to the one catalog I have been able to find. When I get the chance I am going to peruse my old Bicycling and Bike World collection and see if I can find any ads from that era. I probably have a couple of catalogs from then too...if I didn't lose them in the deevorce

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I love the look of those old dawes.
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That one on C-List is a freakin' time machine
looks new
Simplex DR and all
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Originally Posted by Sigurdd50
That one on C-List is a freakin' time machine
looks new
Simplex DR and all
I know! ...too bad it is too small or I would have been crying, begging, pleading and whining to get a fellow BF'er to get it and hold it for me

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Old 02-11-07, 08:35 PM
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Too bad those Simplex derailleurs were basically crap...
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That pic brings back memories... I bought a new Dawes Galaxy in "71, in California. Moved to MD in 72 and rode it all over, including several centuries. Bought a Paramount in late "72, but actually liked the Dawes better.. The Dawes went to Germany with me for my last tour in the Air Force, and rode it all over Bavaria. Returned to MD in 74.. and sold the Paramount in '75 or '76.

"Upgraded" the Dawes with new wheels, cotterless crank, new derailluers (Suntour V-gt rear,and Huret front. Also added barcons.

Inherited a bike from my uncle, which turned out to be a Dawes also. The frame was (is) 531DB tubes/forks/stays, so i rattle canned it blue in 78 or so and crossed the parts over from my Galaxy. Most of the components were rusty (steel rims/hubs) but it was built up as a ss/fixte with a flip/flop rear wheel and Williams crankset. I think the wheels were 26 inch... 650B???

I think my uncle's bike is from 1956, since I got a hand me down bike from him when he got a new bike that year, and this was probably that new bike. The hand me down bike had a three cog freewheel, and a wierd lever thingie to shift it....my father took the shifter off and just ran the chain to the center cog...

Anyway, this old Dawes has the lamp boss on the right fork blade, no derailleur hanger, and the bottom bracket shell has a removable insert that is threaded to take the bb cups. The fork rake is quite pronounced also.

The headbadge is enamalled brass (the torch and the "D").

I'll have to get some pics on here. I don't ride it at the moment following a stroke in 2004, which took out the one brain cell needed to ride a bike. My attempts at riding it in the Fall of 2004 are too funny, but even after I relearned the skill, I did not feel safe on this bike... it always was a little twitchy... and now so was I lol. I have a much more stable Kona Dew Deluxe... and my bike handling skills are back to where they were... so I'll have to put a leg over the Dawes one of these days anyway.

I don't know what happened to my 71 Dawes frame... moved several times and it seems to have disappeared......

Thanks for the pic and the memories it brought back.

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I bought this Dawes last year via CL, the seller didn't know much about the bike.
Based on a 1983 date stamp from the brakes, I guess either '83 or '84.
The frame had been repainted and all stickers removed except the Reynolds 531 sticker on the fork.
The seatstay is stamped DAWES.
The components are as follows
Crankset: Super Custom
Front Derailleur: Suntour Cyclone M-II
Rear Derailleur: Suntour Sprint
Freewheel: Suntour
Hubs: Maillard
Rims: Rigida 700c
Brakes: Weinmann 605
Stem: Custom
Handlebars: Premier Marque de Grande Bretagne

If anyone could tell me more I would appreciate it.
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Dawes Cycles UK does still exist - I don't understand how Bikes Direct get to use the name. Here's the real Dawes site.

https://www.dawescycles.com/

The Galaxy is, in my opinion, the best tourer you'll find without buying from a custom builder. I'd wanted one, but they all go for between £130 and £200 here, whereas my Raleigh Royal was £22, even if it isn't quite as good. When I was a kid, Dawes was probably the #2 brand in popularity here behind Raleigh.
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I too have a Dawes Galaxy. Probably from late 80´s or so judging from looks and components. I´m building it up for loaded touring. Progress is recorded in this touring forum thread:
https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/236336-building-tourer.html
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The Galaxy is still made. The frames are TIG welded now, and are not as pretty. Still nice bikes mind
In fact, you can get a super and an ultra galaxy too. It is really the quintessential english tourer.

Goodness knows how bikes direct got the name. When I emailed Dawes about it, they did not seem pleased. I think Dawes currently belongs to Tandem group.
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Originally Posted by acorn_user
The Galaxy is still made. The frames are TIG welded now, and are not as pretty. Still nice bikes mind
In fact, you can get a super and an ultra galaxy too. It is really the quintessential english tourer.

Goodness knows how bikes direct got the name. When I emailed Dawes about it, they did not seem pleased. I think Dawes currently belongs to Tandem group.
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