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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 10:08 am 
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This is my first rebuild post and I have to admit I haven’t taken as many pictures of the strip and rebuild as some do, so I hope people are happy to use their imagination! I bought this 1976 Dawes Galaxy for 45 Euros from an American girl near Toulon (I live in France) a few months ago. This photo is the one she put in the ad:

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I went round to collect it a few weeks after it was first advertised and it hadn’t moved since the photo was taken… Just as well it was summer and there hadn’t been any rain. I cycled round Europe when I was 19 and a Dawes Galaxy was the only non-MTB on my shortlist of possible bikes to use (the other two were a Trek something or other with all the useful lugs, and an orange Clockwork, which I eventually opted for and still have). But I digress. The American girl told me her father had used his when he worked in London years ago. It was original even down to the tyres. I did some Internet research and found a 1976 Dawes catalogue, with what seems to be this model. I might be out by a couple of years but it’s more or less from the mid-Seventies anyway. Anything brown and gold generally is…
I got it home and the following day I had a look at it.

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Just needed a good clean really, and the usual consumables replaced. I took it to pieces and went over everything. There was a lot of gunk all over everything, the chain went into the bin as did the brake and gear cables. And the tyres and tubes – and the day after the bin men came and took all that away I discovered that 28-622 tyres (27”) aren’t sold in France. Bugger. If I’d known that I’d have kept the originals just to avoid putting bare rims on the garage floor. I ordered some tyres and tubes from the UK.
I degunged the frame and it looked quite good once it wasn’t caked in muck. I cleaned up the Nervar chainset and removed the bottom bracket. I was going to put it back on but I had a nice Stronglight chainset that didn’t have a bike to go on, and I preferred the look of that. So I replaced the original BB with a modern one and on went the Stronglight. I think the Stronglight is late ‘Eighties so my concours trophy has gone out of the window but there you are. The pedals came up quite well and I added some new Christophe toeclips and straps.
Then I cleaned up the Weinmann centre-pulls and was quite pleased with them too. I found some Weinmann levers with good condition hoods on eBay for not much money and bought them to replace the original levers that had those horizontal attachments so that you can brake without having to reach for the drops. (If anybody can tell me the correct term…). The seat was replaced with a Selle Italia but that will be replaced by something else once I’ve decided what to use. New cables went on and I cleaned the derailleurs and half-cleaned the wheels but then decided to put it all back together as I was looking forward to a ride. This is how it is now:

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I put white bar tape on as it's all I had knocking around but will replace it with brown or black. Might look for a Brooks to match the eventual bar tape but I'm wary of too much brown...


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 10:37 am 
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Sweet ride, especially for 45 euros.
It's a deal, it's a steal, it's a sale of the .............................................! :lol:
I think the white bar tape looks quite good (while it's nice and clean) but the saddle looks out.
You might be right about too much brown if you go for brown tape and a brooks.
Would a white saddle look to modern?


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 10:44 am 
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I think it would. I might go for a black Brooks though - the original was a cheapo copy but looked alright.

The alternative (to reduce the "brown" factor) is to get the frame resprayed a different colour. But I have a few respray projects building up and the cost is going to get out of control. I like the gloss brown to be honest - the gold decals are a bit rough and scratched though so I might bin them.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 12:23 pm 
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The frame looks far too good to do anything to it. I would leave it exactly as is, even the decals.
Just get the finishing kit matched up for best effect.
Maybe a honey brooks and matching tape. If you buy a honey B17 and decide you don't like it I promise to buy it off you for £20. :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 12:31 pm 
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Yeah, you might be right about the finishing kit making all the difference. I'll certainly try a couple of combinations before peeling anything off.

Thanks for the Brooks offer - did you used to work for Bernie Madoff by any chance? :D


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:17 am 
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Great story and lovely bike! Where are these bargains when I am looking for them?


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 10:54 pm 
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That's a lovely bike. I really like the original chainset and would have kept that on if it was my bike.
I'm interested in the 28 x 622 tyres you mention though. Were the ones you got from the UK that size or are they 32 x 622? If 28 x 622 I'd REALLY like to know where you got them. I suspect they are 32's though and guess that may be why you left the guards off.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 3:01 pm 
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My mistake - they are 32-630, not 28-622. I asked for 27" x 1.25 and this is what he had. The ebay seller I got them from is called "highonbikes" and I'm sure he can tell you if he has the ones you're after. Good seller, in case you think about using him. The tyres I bought were Michelin World Tour and the tubes are Conti Tour 28.

I left the mudguards off because I live in Southern France and it doesn't rain very much... 8)

I've just seen the '74 Viscount Aerospace in another thread and am very inspired by the combination of black cloth bar tape and a dark brown Brooks. Might go for that.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:51 pm 
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Rich34 wrote:
My mistake - they are 32-630, not 28-622. I asked for 27" x 1.25 and this is what he had. The ebay seller I got them from is called "highonbikes" and I'm sure he can tell you if he has the ones you're after.

He hasn't, I've already asked. 32-630 is 27 x 1-1/4 whereas 28-630 is 27 x 1-1/8. Doesn't sound much but I really struggle with 1-1/4's in my Raleigh Royal. Only Conti seem to make a 1-1/8 any more but they are soooo ugly and look wrong in a retro bike. My only hope is to find some NOS from somewhere but I'm not holding my breath.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:19 pm 
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And finally with black cotton bar tape to replace the modern white stuff, and the original saddle again. I'm ordering a black B17 to replace that.

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