Query on a Dawes

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  1. Bob Flemming

    Bob Flemming Guest

    I have a Dawes bike to look at tomorrow. I know this much: 25in, Reyolds 531 steel frame,
    Campagnola gears, 6 freewheel and 4 ring front chainset [?], cantilever brakes.....and I think it's
    about 15 yrs old.

    Being 6ft 3in, the fact that it's a 25in frame is what attracts me first of all.

    The guy is starting the price at 100 quid, which might be a bit more than I can spend right now
    [last of big bike spenders!], but if it's worth it, then I might be able to get the cash.

    My question is: has anybody any idea what this bike might be? It has cantilever brakes, so it can't
    be that old, might it be an old tourer? Has the 4 ring chainset been added subsequently I wonder?

    What else might I want to look for when I go and take a view, to help me place this bike? Any ideas
    would be welcome.

    Many thanks

    Bob
     
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  2. Just Zis Guy

    Just Zis Guy Guest

    Michael Green wrote:

    > Does EVERYBODY on this NG have a Dawes Galaxy?

    Not any more - I grew out of mine in my mid 20s :)

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  3. "David Damerell" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Michael Green <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >>- I am a little taller than you and ride a 25" (or it might even be 25.5") frame Dawes Galaxy
    > >Does EVERYBODY on this NG have a Dawes Galaxy?
    >
    > No I have 2 but prefer the older one

    Cliff
     
  4. I've never seen 4 front chain rings. Let us know if it works.

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    "Bob Flemming" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >
    > I have a Dawes bike to look at tomorrow. I know this much: 25in, Reyolds 531 steel frame,
    > Campagnola gears, 6 freewheel and 4 ring front chainset [?], cantilever brakes.....and I think
    > it's about 15 yrs old.
    >
    > Being 6ft 3in, the fact that it's a 25in frame is what attracts me first of all.
    >
    > The guy is starting the price at 100 quid, which might be a bit more than I can spend right now
    > [last of big bike spenders!], but if it's worth it, then I might be able to get the cash.
    >
    > My question is: has anybody any idea what this bike might be? It has cantilever brakes, so it
    > can't be that old, might it be an old tourer? Has the 4 ring chainset been added subsequently
    > I wonder?
    >
    > What else might I want to look for when I go and take a view, to help me place this bike? Any
    > ideas would be welcome.
    >
    > Many thanks
    >
    > Bob
     
  5. A.Lee

    A.Lee Guest

    Bob Flemming <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I have a Dawes bike to look at tomorrow. I know this much: 25in, Reyolds 531 steel frame,
    > Campagnola gears, 6 freewheel and 4 ring front chainset [?], cantilever brakes.....and I think
    > it's about 15 yrs old.
    >
    > Being 6ft 3in, the fact that it's a 25in frame is what attracts me first of all.
    >
    > The guy is starting the price at 100 quid.

    I sold a similar 7speed 23" Galaxy a few years ago for £75, and it was immaculate. Unless this one
    is in excellent condition, I wouldnt pay any more than £50. If it has a 6 speed freewheel, it will
    be older than 15 years.I bought my Galaxy in 1983, and that was 6 speed (7 speed had come out then
    and I upgraded) it will likely have 27" wheels, I know tyres are available for 27", but there is not
    much choice,and they are not stocked in many shops, so it would be another £50 ish to upgrade the
    wheels. I've never heard of a 4 ring crank,though one may have been available,but I doubt it. Alan.

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  6. Rg

    Rg Guest

    "Bob Flemming" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >
    > I have a Dawes bike to look at tomorrow. I know this much: 25in, Reyolds 531 steel frame,
    > Campagnola gears, 6 freewheel and 4 ring front chainset [?], cantilever brakes.....and I think
    > it's about 15 yrs old.

    At the risk of stating the obvious - does it not have the model name on the decals ? - that may go
    some way to identifying it.

    You are right on the size aspect - I am a little taller than you and ride a 25" (or it might even be
    25.5") frame Dawes Galaxy from the late 1970s era [Bought on eBay for £50 and refurbished with 700
    wheels etc - at low cost, some new parts and some robbed from another old Dawes]

    The real bargain was a bead blast and excellent powder coat for £20, with £15 for a new set
    of decals.

    RG

    BTW - don't bother to ask Dawes if they can date the bike from the frame number a) they don't reply,
    and b) they don't have the records anyway!

    .... snip
     
  7. Pete Biggs

    Pete Biggs Guest

    A.Lee wrote:
    > I've never heard of a 4 ring crank,though one may have been available,but I doubt it.

    Yes there was one. I've never seen one but I've read about a quadruple chainset.

    ~PB
     
  8. Bob Flemming

    Bob Flemming Guest

    >I sold a similar 7speed 23" Galaxy a few years ago for £75, and it was immaculate. Unless this one
    >is in excellent condition, I wouldnt pay any more than £50. If it has a 6 speed freewheel, it will
    >be older than 15 years.I bought my Galaxy in 1983, and that was 6 speed (7 speed had come out then
    >and I upgraded) it will likely have 27" wheels,

    Yes, it certainly has got 27" wheels, although the wheels looked in quite good condition, but I take
    your point about tyre availability.

    It is being sold by a freind of the owner [who has had to retire to a residential home], so he is
    only carrying out selling instructions by him, but I'd be really surprised if he got anywhere near
    the asking price. It was an ok bike, but as well as wheel issue, the saddle was ready for the bin,
    front mudguard missing, and the front chainset was really worn, so all in all, I left a feeble £30
    quid bid on it [which I might not even take anyway], hoped he got a buyer and took me leave.

    And the four-cog crank set? It was a standard three wheel set - a misprint in the advert :)

    Anyway, thanks for the replies.

    bob

    >I know tyres are available for 27", but there is not much choice,and they are not stocked in many
    >shops, so it would be another £50 ish to upgrade the wheels. I've never heard of a 4 ring
    >crank,though one may have been available,but I doubt it. Alan.
     
  9. - I am a little taller than you and ride a
    > 25" (or it might even be 25.5") frame Dawes Galaxy
    Does EVERYBODY on this NG have a Dawes Galaxy?
     
  10. Tony W

    Tony W Guest

    "Bob Flemming" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Yes, it certainly has got 27" wheels, although the wheels looked in quite good condition, but I
    > take your point about tyre availability.

    My six speed Galaxy early 80's vintage has most definitely 700c wheels.

    T
     
  11. Michael Green <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>- I am a little taller than you and ride a 25" (or it might even be 25.5") frame Dawes Galaxy
    >Does EVERYBODY on this NG have a Dawes Galaxy?

    No; the rest of us are just considering buying one.
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  12. Tony W

    Tony W Guest

    "Michael Green" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > - I am a little taller than you and ride a
    > > 25" (or it might even be 25.5") frame Dawes Galaxy
    > Does EVERYBODY on this NG have a Dawes Galaxy?

    Just the lucky ones.

    T
     
  13. Just Zis Guy

    Just Zis Guy Guest

    On Mon, 13 Jan 2003 21:18:31 -0000, "Tony W" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >> Yes, it certainly has got 27" wheels, although the wheels looked in quite good condition, but I
    >> take your point about tyre availability.

    >My six speed Galaxy early 80's vintage has most definitely 700c wheels.

    Not that big a deal anyway - if you care enough to want to clean it up you can build new ones,
    otherwise 27" tyres are available mail order; just buy a spare or two.

    FWIW and old Dawes frame is usually a tough beast and pleasant to ride, but it sounds like this one
    will require some TLC - the bid seems about right.

    Guy
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  14. Just Zis Guy

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    On 15 Jan 2003 20:00:06 GMT, [email protected] (wafflycathcsdirtycatlitter) wrote:

    >No - I've got a Biachi San Remo and a Raleigh Pioneer Trail.

    Little does she know that, if you carefully peel of bits of the lettering, the Raleigh Pioneer Trail
    is really a Dawes Galaxy in disguise!

    Guy
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  15. Toby Barrett

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  16. Peter Clinch

    Peter Clinch Guest

    David Damerell wrote:
    > Michael Green <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>>- I am a little taller than you and ride a 25" (or it might even be 25.5") frame Dawes Galaxy
    >>
    >>Does EVERYBODY on this NG have a Dawes Galaxy?
    >
    > No; the rest of us are just considering buying one.

    Almost... I used to aspire to a G or SuperG, but have been seduced by Dark Side machinery for
    touring now, so I no longer drool and dream about them. I still admire ones I come across as sound
    pieces of machinery, though.

    Pete.
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  17. "Clifford Griffiths" <[email protected]> writes:
    > "David Damerell" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:xko*[email protected]...
    > > Michael Green <[email protected]> wrote:
    > > >>- I am a little taller than you and ride a 25" (or it might even be 25.5") frame Dawes Galaxy
    > > >Does EVERYBODY on this NG have a Dawes Galaxy?
    > >
    > > No I have 2 but prefer the older one
    >
    > Cliff

    I think that's some sort of a record for broken quoting. David did not say "No I have 2 but prefer
    the older one". I assume you did.
     
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