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Dawes Gaxaxy: How old is it?

Old 04-20-11, 10:44 AM
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Dawes Gaxaxy: How old is it?

I am looking for information on my vintage Dawes Galaxy. It appears to be from the late sixties or early seventies, but that is all I know. Anybody out there who can help?
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Old 04-20-11, 02:10 PM
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It does look like that, but with the Simplex plastic derailleur. I took pictures this afternoon and will post them, but until then this is the serial number: T Y
V1438
I understand that the factory burned with the records in '76.
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Old 04-20-11, 02:39 PM
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Pictures of Dawes Galaxy

These are the best I can get today in dreary New England. Hopefully they are enough to give an idea of what I have.
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Old 04-20-11, 03:02 PM
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The catalogs here (search for dawes) all have Galaxy's with down tube shifters. The one I have also has stem shifters.
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i've got the same one. '75ish.
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Old 04-20-11, 03:47 PM
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These are the best I can get today in dreary New England. Hopefully they are enough to give an idea of what I have.
That is the most professional bike stand I have ever seen. Clean garage.
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Mine has mis-matched Simplex shifters. One is all aluminum and the other is plastic with a stainless covering on the lower half. An original looking cable guide is clamped to the down tube where the shifters would go, so it probably had stem shifters but I am not sure which type.
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I agree! It is a great frame and I will eventually upgrade the derailleurs, wheels, and seat to make a rider out of it. I would like to figure out what I have before I turn it into a project bike.
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That motorcycle stand gets a lot of use!
I hope you are serious about the garage looking clean; my house is on the market and I have been trying to clean it and at least keep it tidy despite having a lot of stuff in there.
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heh FinnSwede

I had a similar Dawes Galaxy, bought it new in 1969 from Pops Bicycles in Santa Ana, California, I was only 18 years old and I rode that thing everywhere, great bicycle, I had a Huret derraillieur on mine. I never did get comfortable with that Brooks Saddle, that was a constant source of butt pain.
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Hey Phil,

You either have a good memory or still have the bike! Mine has the awful plastic Simplex derailleurs as I mentioned above, and an Ideal seat which looks old enough to be OE. My seat has a hard plastic base covered by leather which seems newer than your Brooks.
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I know that Dawes was using either Huret or Simplex derailleurs at that time, I was lucky mine was the Huret. I had a mileage counter put on the front wheel when I first bought that bike in 1969, I had it up too 5,000 miles. I wish I still had the bike but it's been gone for 10 years now. The bike had a Brooks saddle from new, what a wonderful ass torture device.... Never did fit me.
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That is the most professional bike stand I have ever seen. Clean garage.
Little hard to tune up the bike on a stand like that but otherwise a great idea.
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