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Old 03-25-16, 03:46 PM
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Might be, hard to tell if it is a Galaxy model. My take, it's not.
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Old 03-25-16, 04:51 PM
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You're right about that. Did not think they would revamp the Galaxy model that much. I see no decals denoting the name where they usually are.

quite the story about dropping the old headbadge cause their factory burned down, huh?

loss of all records though.

Bulgiers might have a 77 cat to look at.
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Old 03-25-16, 05:10 PM
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
Bulgiers might have a 77 cat to look at.
Ah, you're right. It could be a pacific blue Echelon?

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Old 03-25-16, 07:23 PM
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Interesting possibility. Hope it does not become like one of mine, never to be identified, but loved when I ride it.

Did is the ad one have a braze on brake bridge ?
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Old 03-29-16, 02:32 PM
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At last, finished and ready to ride. Fully overhauled, alloy wheelset with Suze hubs via a Holdsworth Cyclone to replace chrome rims, Suntour barcons, Suntour Cyclone FD & RD(replacing Delrin Simplex), Weinmann levers without turkey wing levers, new alloy seat post to replace the chromed steel post. Brooks Narrow came with the $56 ebay local pickup. Need to order longer TC straps. Based on a quick round the block, I think I like the ride quality of my Raleigh SC MK II better. Maiden voyage later today down to the gym.






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Old 04-03-16, 02:12 PM
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Here is my early 70s (I assume) yellow and blue Galaxy, with new cranks, shifters, derailleurs, pedals, and brakes (the original centerpulls were in good shape, but these dual pivot brakes work much, much better, and it's hilly around here). All the rest of it is original. Got it off Craig's List and once I got going on the drivetrain I kind of kept going. The stock crankset was way too high for hills, and this IRD 46-30 crank is awesome. Also added long cage to the Campy rear derailleur, and it works much better with the 28 cog in back. This is a great riding bike, like a Cadillac. I love the paint scheme and the name "Galaxy" has to be one of the all time great bike names. Now if I could only get my hands on an old Realm Rider ...
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Old 04-03-16, 03:22 PM
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Most excellent!

Love that build, it looks so stately. I think you are correct with the early 70 estimation. I was wondering if I was going to use a Carradice bag with mine or go with a Cannondale bar bag, guess I know which now. Carradice always goes well with a Brooks.

Same colour paint I have on mine though yours is in much better shape. I have those cool end caps on the bars but with be switching out to GB rando bars with Suntour barcons. I will miss those caps!

Bar tape fits right in with the blue bands around the seat tube, I chose that as well.
Drive train is Suntour but crank is TA cyclotourist. The IRD crank looks right at home on your Dawes.

Enjoy the riding, they are smooth.
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
Most excellent!

Love that build, it looks so stately. I think you are correct with the early 70 estimation. I was wondering if I was going to use a Carradice bag with mine or go with a Cannondale bar bag, guess I know which now. Carradice always goes well with a Brooks.

Same colour paint I have on mine though yours is in much better shape. I have those cool end caps on the bars but with be switching out to GB rando bars with Suntour barcons. I will miss those caps!

Bar tape fits right in with the blue bands around the seat tube, I chose that as well.
Drive train is Suntour but crank is TA cyclotourist. The IRD crank looks right at home on your Dawes.

Enjoy the riding, they are smooth.
Thanks! Post some pictures of your Galaxy if you have time. Do you have any information on when the Galaxy was made in the yellow/blue paint? Mostly I see the green and some brown ones.
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Old 04-20-16, 06:59 PM
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Originally Posted by ElTejon View Post
Thanks! Post some pictures of your Galaxy if you have time. Do you have any information on when the Galaxy was made in the yellow/blue paint? Mostly I see the green and some brown ones.
Sorry for the late get back. Info about models were all lost when the records burned in the factory fire.

Yellow does not seem to be a common colour. Mine is in the active build rotation now with the before mentioned GB bar change.

Dang! Pic file fail again.
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Old 05-24-20, 08:41 PM
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
I used 1/8" balls as oj2 reported. It did take a lot!

Bumping this for the 1/8" bearings for the funky TDC headset - at least 50 total for top and bottom --as reading this 2 days ago would have saved me a ton of headache in trying to use the 5/32 bearings that one of the newer (by like a year) TDC ads I was referencing said were the size. 1/8 all the way!

Has anybody noted that the grooved part of the fork (which accepts the keyed washer) is opposite normal forks (i.e. the groove in the fork faces forwards rather than at the rider)?

This complicates the use of a new headset-mounted front cable hanger (housing stop).

I'm noticing this on my 60s/early-70s Galaxy which I got for free as a bare frame/fork/headset without the original cable hanger.
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Old 05-24-20, 09:56 PM
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I refurb'd this '77 a while back.



Thought it was really pretty. Had the coolest Dawes bar end plugs that matched the hoods.

Rather flexy in the rear when mashing up hills, though.
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Old 05-25-20, 10:31 AM
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I have the caps as well, very cool. That’s awesome you have the matching hoods! Rare items I think.
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I commuted to work today and stopped at Dave's Market on the way home. Someone came up to me and said, "That bike is a classic!" I think the Brook saddle probably made him say that, but it made me feel pretty good about a short ride.
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Here's a late 70s or early 80s Galaxy that I bought as a frameset, and built up/sold off as a 3-speed:





And here's an earlier Galaxy that I was going to sell off as a single speed speed but instead sold the frameset to BF member wahoonc:



And here's my latest, what I think is a late 70s/early 80s Super Galaxy tourer. The downtube decal is a replacement:



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Know your post is very old but I have a 70s Dawes I'm refurbishing and need the Dawes & Galaxy decals. Can you remember how/where you got them?

Please & Thanks.
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Know your post is very old but I have a 70s Dawes I'm refurbishing and need the Dawes & Galaxy decals. Can you remember how/where you got them?

Please & Thanks.
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Yeah, that was a long time ago! I don't believe I replaced the decals on that one or the one or two other Dawes bikes that have come through the fleet. Best to check with the usual decal vendors:

https://h-lloyd-cycles.myshopify.com/
https://velocals.com/
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