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Dawes 80's vintage Giro 500 - any opinions welcome, esp. owners of same/similar

Old 09-04-12, 04:58 PM
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Dawes 80's vintage Giro 500 - any opinions welcome, esp. owners of same/similar

After a wait of about four years to accumulate funds and prompted by finally getting fed up with riding the Raleigh Airlite I had settled for despite it's being a good 2" too large in the frame (it was such a bargain I couldn't resist and knew no better at the time)....

I have finally managed to secure myself a new road ride (my everyday is a tourer)...

Hopefully the Ebay listing still comes up from this link


I parted with 225 on this, which was my maximum bid, and (hopefully, not collecting until weekend so as yet unseen, apart from listing) this is a snip because seller advises it has extremely low mileage....

I'm pretty thrilled but all attempts to learn more about the specifics have turned up pretty much a blank via google at least, main reason being the name "Giro 500" remains current for the top end Dawes road bike.

I have always regretted the sale of my Dawes Galaxy about 35 years ago.... I am hoping this will put the world to rights with my bicycle karma!

But I am nervous - not sure I could stand it to have to start saving up again (and waiting) for a sweet road ride....

All opinions welcome - both specific to the bike or in general to my experience....
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Pardon me "bumping" thread - but I have a highly specific question

When you look at the picture here

the pedals are clipless and look to me not to be original,

But when I now look here at this picture

the pedals appear to be cleated!

opinions please?

I know the Dawes galaxy I bought a little earlier than this model came with clips, they were nice shiny chrome ones (made a mess of my leather shoes though!)
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Old 09-08-12, 11:53 AM
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Anyone interested can "read all about it" with pics over here in the 50+ forum,; now I am the proud owner of one of these beasts, a cromo road picture in blue, check it out!
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She's lovely, mate!

Got a ride report?
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I am not sure why no one replied to this earlier but perhaps because there did not seem to be a question.

I do hate be the bearer of this news but that does not look like an '80s bike to me. The unicrown fork, tigged frame, and the vertical drops all look like current production to me. Wether the pedals are OEM is not important since none of the other parts would be original if this was actually an '80s bike.








The pedals look yo me like a plastic quill/platform hybrid that could have clips and straps installed on them.
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many thanks Bianchigirl (incidentally that is one bike I would die for, a bianchi from those days, with the original paintwork.... like your "Trofeo" (had to stop looking at your flikr after I saw that, was turning a sort of "Bianchi" colour with envy to be honest!))

You clearly know more about bikes than I, but if you cross check the current pics and post-purchase report over here, then look at my query post on this exact subject over here you'll see I did a litle digging also here where I looked into the history of Dawes...

Now call me naive if you wish, but surely the combination of the downtuve decal and the Wikipedia for Dawes have to leave me to deduce a birthday for that frame back in the 80's?

Someone tell me I am wrong, I do not mind, I would, however, like to know how old the beast is!]

Look forward to hearing back... and please do not think I am being argumantative or disrespectful Bianchgirl, I am off to try and work out what a tigged frame and unicrown head are! (At least I know what a vertical drop is!).

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...Got a ride report?
Thankyou very much Bryce, nice to know she looks pretty! I only rode for fit, and I am highly risk averse so will not ride in earnest until expert service done by my must trusted bike shop - booked for 20th September and I am counting the days already! Expect to report good things, having trouble sticking to my rules and not riding to be honest, so keep tinkering with bits as displacement activity!

Will be such a pleasure after my previous road ride, not least because my previous airflite alu and did not fit me!

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well I must be wrong then and Dawes was the first to start mass producing frames with luggless construction and unicrown forks. They must have also had a inside line to shimano to get daul pivot brakes and STI shifter years before the pro teams even had them.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
well I must be wrong then...
not at all - I am just back from a visit to the local velodrome where they were having a bicycle "jumble sale" and one of the older people there remembers this model, and could place it with a provenance of 92,3,4, or so. He corrected the wikkipedia too and advised they were still "knocking out bikes" in the UK right up to 1999 or therteabouts.

I meant no offence by my investigations - it was sold to me as 80's vintage and retro, but the fact is I am happier it is 90's, I wanted the grifters a little and the lugless frame is prettier.

The guy at the velodrome had a good memory, he also quoted the price at that time as 499.99 so with me paying 225 it has held it's value reasonably well, for a bike of it's type. You might think I paid too much, but fact is I'm happy enough.

I did a little more detective work, because it came with a cycling computer fitted, this was a sigma model from 2003, so my theory is that is when it was last actively ridden. The seller tells me he bought it from a lady in Oxford, so I guess could have been her sons? I suspect I am third owner and he rode it very little...

Anyway, many thanks for your input and would you say his placement in the first half of the nineties bears out with all those things you observed?

I have come to a road bike from a background of only ever owning one bike, and that bike has been variously a clunker, a Dawes Galaxy, a Ridgeback MTB, another clunker, the Airlite, then a Ridgeback Voyage (thanks to my partner!) so all these things are new to me you see, hence my ignorance as to when they developed - even though I am older than (some?) of them!
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Originally Posted by KvltBryce View Post
...Got a ride report?
actually I could not resist and tweaked all the things I needed to early this morning to take it for a spin down to the velodrome a couple of miles away, not to ride the track of course, but just see how the ride was.

The indexing needs minor adjustment, and the ratios are a little tough on an old geezer like me for the climbs at least, but it buzzes along at 25-30 very nicely. Such a sweet feeling after the aluminium Raleigh Airlite it is replacing, I much prefer it and that is not only for the fit.

On the down side it is weighing in at 25lbs finally kitted out as I like it, with Lezyne pump, water bottle, and cycling computer (came with it and a nice bonus as it meets my needs better than any of the others I own and is wireless, just needed batteries).

Only seven and a half miles, I was pottering around and adjusting and enjoying myself and talking with people about the bike or a couple of novices who wanted some route guidance.

I'm going to need to make some changes to the rear ringset for serious ascending, that apart it rides like a dream for me, all I want to do now is get fit enough to do it justice.
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