Dawes Galaxy 2000-2009

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Re: Dawes Galaxy 2000-2009

Postby mumbojumbo » 18 Sep 2020, 7:54pm

I did not buy bike as my offer was rejected and as said before bike felt dead.Good for load-bearing but would not work on lenthy ride of over 50-60 miles.Wanted it for my son-would rather buy frame built by decent outfit.

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Re: Dawes Galaxy 2000-2009

Postby speedsixdave » 18 Sep 2020, 9:20pm

Brucey wrote:the '1982' picture below is well before 1982.

You can see the 1982 catalogue here



Mrs speedsixdave has the 1982 Lady Galaxy, as seen in that catalogue, with the twin tubes. It is spectacularly whippy, such that I'm amazed it ever got beyond the prototype stage. But it's pretty light!
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Re: Dawes Galaxy 2000-2009

Postby whoof » 20 Sep 2020, 9:50am

Not a Galaxy but a Sardar on ebay collection from Bath 11 hours left currently £100

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DAWES-Green- ... ect=mobile

Nothing to do with me just seemed a possibility for someone looking for a touring bike.

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Re: Dawes Galaxy 2000-2009

Postby markjohnobrien » 20 Sep 2020, 2:44pm

Saw it: but I’ve got too many bikes...

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Re: Dawes Galaxy 2000-2009

Postby steady eddy » 21 Sep 2020, 4:25pm

I have a ten year old steel framed galaxy made in Vietnam. It is fine. I have ridden it 800 miles with no problems - large but jointed tubes no visible welding. If you want one I could be persuaded to sell it. I am in Norfolk.

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Re: Dawes Galaxy 2000-2009

Postby willcee » 21 Sep 2020, 10:27pm

Back in the day Dawes were good builders, Norris Lockley, who traded as Bespoke Cycles in Settle said his father and mother both rode Dawes and he rated them in the early years as a very good OTP clubmans machine.. about 12 years since I was given a very light 23'' frameset by an old cycle Mechanic , it has Dawes hall marks in the frame construction but we just couldn't prove its heritage.. I refinished it reasonably in black and gold and it rides way above its value , built originally for 27's I used it with periodish kit until a friend made an offer after trying it on a ride, he sold it back last year to me, it now sports really good 700 wheels and a full modern Claris groupset.. its deep drop brakes are its only folly... but i don't use it enough nowadays to warrant spending on better calipers.. sorry they have gone by the wayside like many others will if this crap keeps business in jeopardy...will

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Re: Dawes Galaxy 2000-2009

Postby Brucey » 14 Oct 2020, 1:23pm

scrimper wrote:
Brucey wrote:it is pretty much all true in various years. However in some cases frames made overseas might have been better rather than worse than UK built ones; only a few days ago I was looking at a broken dawes galaxy fork (from an early 1990s bike) it was quite clear to me that the main reason it had broken was that it hadn't been properly brazed.


In fairness to Dawes that could happen to any cycle not just UK built ones. I have 3 Dawes 531 cycles, a Mirage racer from 1975, super Galaxy from 1980 and a Super galaxy from 1989, all are still fine and are ridden regularly. I doubt very much that far east manufactured alloy frames will still be good after 45 year. :)

well it wouldn't have been the first badly brazed fork I have seen from Dawes but when I looked more closely at the fork in question, I realised I had done Dawes a disservice in this case. It became clear that the failure had initiated in the fork crown itself, adjacent to the crown race seating. The fork crown had been machined (presumably in the factory where they made the fork crowns) to accept the crown race, and they had simply overdone it, leaving the hollow crown less than 1mm wall thickness at a point that was quite highly stressed. This part cracked first and the failure then propagated round the rest of the fork crown until one leg of the fork dropped off.

It looked like bad brazing at first, but actually it wasn't any such thing.

Any pics of your Dawes?