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1971 Dawes Galaxy

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Reynolds 531 / 23" / 1971

GB handlebars and original stem; the original GB handlebars were engraved, but I like these period GB randonnee bars

Stock Dawes Galaxy fork and headset

NOS 1978 Normandy hub / new 27" alloy rim / Michelin World Tour

NOS 1978 Normandy hub / new 27" alloy rim / Michelin World Tour

Nervar cottered crank with new spindle and bearings

Avocet / microadjust seat post

Atom pedals with Christophe clips, on loan from my 1978 AD SLE / Shimano chain

Simplex Prestige shifters and derailleurs, correct year and model for this bike

Weinmann center pull brakes, the same as the originals

SunTour Perfect 5 gear cluster / Nervar 52/40 / Simplex Prestige Criterium front derailleur replacing Simplex Prestige

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I bought the frame from the son of the original owner. The bike was originally purchased at Turin Bicycle Co-op in Chicago. The frame had all the nicks and scratches you would expect from a bike of this age, and the only parts included were the GB stem and the original Nervar chainrings and cranks. The worst thing was that the ornate head badge was damaged. I bought the correct head badge from the UK, and gradually acquired the proper parts. I had the frame cold set to 126 mm at Yellow Jersey so I would have a wider choice of hubs, and they helped with other bits, like brazing front rack mounting points on the fork, and sourcing a new bottom bracket spindle and press fitting the assembled BB. I did extensive filing and sanding on the frame, and repainted it, masking and preserving the decals. There is still details to finish such as highlighting the lugs with gold and finding the right racks to make it a complete cyclotourist. I spent a lot of time on this bike because of its history, as its said to be the first "off the peg" touring bicycle. It was a favorite model with the members of the renowned British CTC cycling club. I also was enthusiastic about this restoration because the frame is said to be handmade ... though of course not custom built or bepoke. A blog about this continuing restoration can be followed at http://vintagedawesgalaxy.blogspot.com/

People who friended this bike Splined, campystamp, Reynolds753, moik, LesE

Blog about this restoration is available

A blog about this continuing restoration can be followed by subscribing to http://vintagedawesgalaxy.blogspot.com

Logo restoration

I have restored the white paint in the Dawes logo on the down tube, and have left the black outlines alone for now. There are several ways one could go on restoring old logos. 1) Leave it alone. Let it be part of the patina of the bike. 2) Conserve the logo. That would involve touching it up in areas that would prevent or delay flaking, as the white paint was doing on this bike. 3) Clear coat the entire frame. I have never done this, but there might be a semi-gloss clear coat that would seal the logos and frame decals as they are now without making the bike too shiny. 4) Repaint the entire frame and have all new logos and decals made and applied. I could do this, using Adobe Illustrator to recreate the logos, but the whole project would become more expensive, and bike would be less original.
--Kirt Murray

Photo of Dawes Galaxy

The Simplex Prestige derailleurs worked perfectly on the first test rides. The rear derailleur is especially smooth. This derailleur is used, but is the best of several that I bought locally and on ebay.



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