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Old 02-06-13, 07:57 PM
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I am interested in buying this bike, can anyone tell me more about it?
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Old 02-11-13, 03:00 AM
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Originally Posted by HadleyGrass View Post
I am interested in buying this bike, can anyone tell me more about it?
Looks like a mid-late 1970's model and from the one photograph supplied, looks to be in very good condition. The T.A. chainset is of very high quality. These are very well built bikes, specifically designed for touring - i.e. comfortable and good to ride for long distances when laden with front and rear panniers. It will be heavier than a modern lightweight racing machine, but don't let that put you off, as it's not designed for racing. If touring, the only things I would change are the brake shoes (for kool stops) and the old high slung front pannier rack. If you can find a way to fit low-rider front racks, the bike will handle better when laden as the centre of gravity will be lower. If the price is fair, I'd buy it. If it's black (which it looks to be), that's a bonus as any chips can be easily touched in with black enamel paint.

Good luck and let us know if you decide to buy it.
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Old 02-11-13, 07:02 AM
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Old 02-28-16, 07:52 AM
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Old 02-28-16, 07:54 AM
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Old 04-27-16, 09:41 AM
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Just became the owner of a 1997 531 Tour series Galaxy. Looking forward to getting it this weekend. Lovely British racing green and bar ends. Think it may have been one of the last decent frames? Does anyone have any more info on this year/model?
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Old 06-29-16, 11:45 PM
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Hi everyone, Im new to this forum and just wanted to share with you all my latest purchase!! So I was walking round my local garden center with my wife and I noticed they had a 'bike corner' where a man who used to be a race mechanic sells second hand bikes that he fully strips down and rebuilds and where needed replaces cables etc.. Anyway, I noticed this 1992 part 1 Dawes Galaxy Tour in immaculate condition with Mavic A319 wheels and shimano Deore groupset. I couldn't believe he was only asking 90!!! Being from Yorkshire I had to try my hand at a bit of bargaining and I ended up giving him 85 for it!!!! I feel like this is a steal! the mudguards and pannier rack wouldn't have cost much less than that alone!!! I cant tell you all how happy I am with this purchase! Ill be cycling this steed around the Yorkshire wolds way at the end of July! I cant wait to rack up the miles on this new addition to my bike family!!! The pics don't do justice to how amazing the condition of this bike is!!
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Old 06-30-16, 01:35 AM
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I'd appreciate it more if it looked like it'd been touring.
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Old 06-30-16, 03:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Caretaker View Post
I'd appreciate it more if it looked like it'd been touring.


The man I bought it from said he acquired this off an old guy who had used it for touring regularly so it actually has been touring but just really well looked after. So many people on this forum seem to reply with negative comments, I don't know why I bothered sharing in the first place to be honest. Anyway I'm really happy with the bike and it rides superb so I suppose that's all that counts.
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Old 06-30-16, 03:26 PM
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Well I appreciate it. Dawes were advertised in the bike magazines but for some reason then never had much distribution in the US, and as a result are fairly rare. Thanks for sharing. I am a sucker for green sparkle paint.
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Old 06-30-16, 06:05 PM
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Originally Posted by carlosgibson View Post
The man I bought it from said he acquired this off an old guy who had used it for touring regularly so it actually has been touring but just really well looked after. So many people on this forum seem to reply with negative comments, I don't know why I bothered sharing in the first place to be honest. Anyway I'm really happy with the bike and it rides superb so I suppose that's all that counts.
Not negative, just constructive criticism. Enjoy touring on it.
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Old 07-01-16, 12:14 AM
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I'm actually looking to buy a Dawes Galaxy (from around the late 70s to mid 80s?). I can't find one. There are plenty on the web, but none of them ship to the US. Anybody selling here in the states?
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Old 07-01-16, 02:43 AM
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Originally Posted by HadleyGrass View Post
I am interested in buying this bike, can anyone tell me more about it?
it's step up from the galaxy better gear. looks pretty old but i bet it's still a cracking bike.
if everything works as it should and the price is right buy it as long as its the proper size for u.
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Old 07-01-16, 04:45 AM
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Love them. I looked around here in the States for a place that sells them but couldn't find one. Otherwise I would have bought one.
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Old 07-01-16, 05:16 AM
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Originally Posted by carlosgibson View Post
Hi everyone, Im new to this forum and just wanted to share with you all my latest purchase!! So I was walking round my local garden center with my wife and I noticed they had a 'bike corner' where a man who used to be a race mechanic sells second hand bikes that he fully strips down and rebuilds and where needed replaces cables etc.. Anyway, I noticed this 1992 part 1 Dawes Galaxy Tour in immaculate condition with Mavic A319 wheels and shimano Deore groupset. I couldn't believe he was only asking 90!!! Being from Yorkshire I had to try my hand at a bit of bargaining and I ended up giving him 85 for it!!!! I feel like this is a steal! the mudguards and pannier rack wouldn't have cost much less than that alone!!! I cant tell you all how happy I am with this purchase! Ill be cycling this steed around the Yorkshire wolds way at the end of July! I cant wait to rack up the miles on this new addition to my bike family!!! The pics don't do justice to how amazing the condition of this bike is!!
Nice! I think you got a great deal.
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Old 07-26-16, 09:18 AM
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A lovely rebuild

Originally Posted by carlosgibson View Post
The man I bought it from said he acquired this off an old guy who had used it for touring regularly so it actually has been touring but just really well looked after. So many people on this forum seem to reply with negative comments, I don't know why I bothered sharing in the first place to be honest. Anyway I'm really happy with the bike and it rides superb so I suppose that's all that counts.
I just joined to see pics of other Galaxies as i just got a chook shed find circa 88? 531 mixte in pea green which will need a full rebuild around frame post headset cranks and lovely old shimano cantilevers. I thought it had rust spots on the top tubes but a quick rub shows it is probably just chicken poo. I hope to have it back to a condition which would equally disappoint your critic. It is apparent that the seller of your bicycle does what he does for the love of a job well done and to provide a beautiful ride to a deserving soul rather than for profit. Well done for pointing out that using a piece of equipment does not need to be obviated by scarring it. I'm sure a tourer would brush the bugs out of their teeth at the end of the day so one should not be made feel inadequate because they have a clean well cared for bike. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 08-02-16, 04:01 PM
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Old 09-10-16, 06:52 PM
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Ladies Dawes 2014 Tourer

Hi guys,

Desperately trying to track one down to purchase - love the bike just couldnt afford it at the time it came out. Can anyone help at all?

Thanks,
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Re message # 29...

I had almost exactly the same bike as that, even the same colour. Bought it second hand in London in around 1990.

I took it everywhere, was a great bike.



A few years after I bought it, the frame developed a crack near the headstock. I contacted Dawes and they replaced the frame & fork, free of charge, even though it had been a second hand buy for me.

So I had a shiny new bike, and I spent a bit of cash on a new saddle, cables etc.

It was a really nice ride.

Then in summer 1998; some gobsh**e stole it.

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Old 09-18-17, 06:44 AM
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Another 1970s Dawes galaxy

Picked up this Galaxy a few weeks back slapped on some new tires from a local bike shop, rewrapped the bars with the neon tape (soon to be replaced with cloth. Checked shifting, brakes and the bike is ready for a ride. Bike looks original. Love the Dawes legwork! Had a mid to late 70s Galaxy that was my commuting bike till the BB shell separated from the seat tube!
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Old 09-18-17, 06:21 PM
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Originally Posted by OldFatBastard View Post
Picked up this Galaxy a few weeks back slapped on some new tires from a local bike shop, rewrapped the bars with the neon tape (soon to be replaced with cloth. Checked shifting, brakes and the bike is ready for a ride. Bike looks original. Love the Dawes legwork! Had a mid to late 70s Galaxy that was my commuting bike till the BB shell separated from the seat tube!
Nice! Are those rings on the rack just a place to hook bags, or are they some part of the mount?
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Old 09-19-17, 06:39 AM
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Rings are there to hook bags. Steel is a solid 1/4", not certain if it is original, but have seen pics of older touring bike with similar racks. My MEC 30L and 54L panniers fit perfectly!
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Old 06-23-20, 07:58 AM
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Just a picked up a Super Galaxy from the mid-80s in very good shape. Looks barely ridden, all original. Will post pics one of these days. The question is going to be whether to upgrade the components...
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