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VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:late 70s DAWES posted by: Rich on 2/9/2006 at 6:45:32 PM
Anyone know what models DAWES made in their touring bikes of the late 70s.
I had one with 531 main tubes, sun tour equipped weinman rims, but damned if I can remember what model it was.
I know it wasn't the Galaxy.
The bike was stolen in the mid 80s and all but forgotten untill someone brought up the DAWES brand at a recent swap meet.
I e-mailed the DAWES site but got nada in response.
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          RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:���late 70s DAWESposted by julien on 9/2/2008 at 8:30:38 AM
HELP HELP !
Hi all this interesting.
I have a DAWES that looks like the GALAXY, but is called
"Warwick" anyone knows about it?

Has 531 reynolds,Weinmann brakes but Shimano 600 series all the way 10 speed.
THANKS
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          RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:���late 70s DAWESposted by julien on 9/2/2008 at 8:31:56 AM
HELP HELP !
Hi all this interesting.
I have a DAWES that looks like the GALAXY, but is called
"Warwick" anyone knows about it?

Has 531 reynolds,Weinmann brakes but Shimano 600 series all the way 10 speed.
THANKS
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          RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:late 70s DAWESposted by schwing on 11/19/2008 at 11:01:16 PM
anyone know a flat bar/ hybrid dawes- easy street? frame has v brake mounts. Still lugged frame but unicrown style fork
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          RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:late 70s DAWESposted by JONathan on 2/10/2006 at 1:23:06 AM
I have one "REALMRIDER" from the '70's. Has Weinmann "Vainqueur" cp brakes, cottered Nervar crankset, Simplex derailers avec white plastic downtube shifters. Half-chrome forks...I have a decent photo workup if you want some pics. Closeups of all details. It was nicely crafted, despite the bikeboom pedigree, and the ride is excellent. I can't compare the "Galaxy" to it as yet. Need to finish the restoration of the "G". The "RR" may have been 531, but no stickers to say it was the tubing that was used. I think it was a notch below the Galaxy, so possibly it was regular tubing, nothing special. Craftmanship was superb just as on the Galaxy.
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          RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:late 70s DAWESposted by Dick in FL on 2/10/2006 at 6:33:08 AM
We must form a Dawes Society. Mine is a 23" framed woman's 10-speed with Simplex and Weinmann sidepulls. It is the largest woman's bicycle I have ever seen. And the tubing is massive. The lower down tube is larger than the upper and equal in diameter to the seat tube. (Big diameter chain and seat stays as well.) A decal on the downtube has 3 stars and says Supertube. Other details: fenders which my brother cannibalized before presenting the bike to me, reversed brake controls (no extension levers); downtube shifters, cotterless cranks, alloy wheels, Presta valves. The model name is Shadow. A bike like this will allow a guy to keep on pedaling for a few more years before submitting to a hip replacement. As is normal around here, the bike is practically mint. (Much loved or much hated?)
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          RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:late 70s DAWESposted by steve on 12/29/2006 at 6:33:18 AM
can any one tell me please is supetube a 531 i have a red fireball the brakes stamped 84 . and a warwick in dark green with also supertube on it with 531 forks and do they hold any value thanks
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          RE:RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:late 70s DAWESposted by spanner48 on 5/8/2007 at 6:21:23 AM
I have a 1952 Dawes 'Sports', also decalled *** Supertube. Seattube diameter is the standard 1 1/8'' (28.6mm in new money). Seatpost diameter is 26.4mm - indicating a tubing wall thickness of 1.1mm. So probably it is plain gauge (or possibly single-butted) chrome-molybdenum. Roughly equivalent to Reynolds 500.
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          RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:late 70s DAWESposted by Sam on 7/9/2007 at 12:50:32 AM
Hi, I have a 1975 Dawes Super Galaxy which I think I bought off spanner48 above (same Ebay name!). Milremo rims, weinmann brakes, Sun tour shifters mounted on stem, Sun tour shifters, 23" Reynolds 531 Frame with Nervex investment cast lugs! Just wanna thanks to Giles (maybe the guy above) for the bike, by the way the Brooks B5N died this week, went out on it and the front leather portion ripped off! EEEK. But I'll be gettin a new one.
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          RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: late 70s DAWESposted by Lisa on 7/28/2007 at 9:55:13 AM
I have my Dad's 1968 Dawes Realm Rider. I turned it into a fixed gear and I ride it all over Los Angeles. It is the best bike ever, a perfect fit, super comfy, and beautiful.
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          RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:late 70s DAWESposted by Rich on 8/6/2007 at 5:56:26 AM
Well,more than a year later I now know my Dawes was the Echelon series and the colour was Atlantic Blue (only colour for that model)
Now I'm on a serious hunt to find one 55/56cm-211/2" (brochure lists 19 1/2 21 1/2 23 1/2 25)in vgc to showroom condition
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          RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:late 70s DAWESposted by stu on 8/24/2007 at 7:49:42 AM
Good morning!
New to the group as I just found a nice old Dawes at a yard sale last weekend and trying to discover the vintage. It has some nice features such as headtube oilers with Cloisonne headbage, Alatet headset, Simplex suicide shifter on front and a 4 speed cluster/fixed hub (Normandy font and rear)with a very vintage Simplex Juy shifter(like a Tour de France?)with the stop having a spoke holder on the chainstay, Baylis Wiley BB with a nice lockring feature, etc. The frame is deep blue, with a white headtube and white on the seat tube. Any ideas what it could be? I can pot a pic if you want to see it.Thanks!
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          RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:early 70s DAWESposted by Scott on 6/18/2008 at 5:29:34 PM
The one thing I'de like just about most in the world these days would be a 1971 Dawes "10-speed", around 56cm/22 1/2". I had an opportunity to pick one up on ebay some years back, but I let the chance slip, and have never seen another like it since. Anybody got one of these out in the garage?
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          RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:late 70s DAWESposted by steve on 7/29/2008 at 2:03:58 PM
I had a 10 speed Dawes " Dapper" when i was a kid and it was as fast as hell, Killed all my mates bikes by 3rd gear.
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          RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:late 70s DAWESposted by Chris Cummings on 8/2/2008 at 6:22:30 PM
I recently aquired back my Dawes Galaxy my parents purchased for me around 1973. My parents had sold it to a friend when he went to college. He moved back and GAVE it back to me. How cool is that? The one thing I loved about the bike was the beautiful etching on the handlebars. People always commented on it. I was 14 and very lucky to have a bike like that. The bike is in pretty good shape. I have considered restoring it. Just don't know where to start. But a least all the pieces are there intact.
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          RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:late 70s DAWESposted by John on 8/13/2008 at 3:13:41 AM
I have a couple of 70/80's vintage Dawes bikes, & when I spoke to Dawes back in 1984 they said that all the Reynolds 531 frames they made then with a brazed on fitting for rear centre pull brake were Galaxy frames, though sometimes marketed under other names. My first had simplex shifters, & Nervar chainset, Weinmann brakes, and according to Dawes was sold under the "Double Five Special" lable, a friend of mine also had a Double Five, which was just Hi-Ten framed, but had the old plastic Simplex rear changer (until it got so worn we had to replace it)
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          RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:late 70s DAWESposted by Paul on 10/7/2008 at 7:01:32 AM
Hi,

I am trying to locate an early Dawes Galaxy for personal use,I always wanted one in the 1970s but was not lucky enough to be able to afford one.

Condition does not have to be top knotch it is to be used and scars are to be expected!

Any help gratefully received.

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          RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:late 70s DAWESposted by Paul on 10/7/2008 at 7:02:08 AM
Hi,

I am trying to locate an early Dawes Galaxy for personal use,I always wanted one in the 1970s but was not lucky enough to be able to afford one.

Condition does not have to be top knotch it is to be used and scars are to be expected!

Any help gratefully received.

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          RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:���late 70s DAWESposted by steve on 11/10/2008 at 1:18:42 PM
hi a warwick is from 1984 and is a nice comfy frame not worth a great deal iv got a fireball same steel
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          RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:late 70s DAWESposted by lenin on 12/13/2008 at 7:33:23 AM
can anyone please give me any info about the DAWES londener /grosevnor a70s i guess small touring bike it is in complete original working condition please help me ,the company bring new meaning to historical innaccuracy cheers
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          RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:late 70s DAWESposted by Martine on 5/19/2009 at 8:56:26 PM
I am trying to find a dawes galaxy from the late 70's or 1980,
It is for me. Mine was stolen then I was 14. I am 5.3 so a smal one.
It was the very nicest bike I have ever owned. I want to replace it or close.
Please Help anyone.


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          RE:RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:���late 70s DAWESposted by Tom on 5/29/2009 at 4:38:51 AM
I have a Galaxy I am the original owner. It was purchased in 1970.It is the same bike as in the link below. I would like to sell it for $225.00. I live in Howell, Mi 48843

http://oldtenspeedgallery.com/owner-submitted/jasons-dawes-galaxy/
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          RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS: late 70s DAWESposted by Tom on 5/29/2009 at 4:40:41 AM
Contact me @ 11zz@myway.com
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          RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:late 70s DAWESposted by Jon on 11/23/2009 at 4:41:19 PM
hi chaps! I buy and sell bikes but sometimes something really interesting comes along. I've just acquired a Dawes Ladies racing bike which is almost certainly pre-war. Although I'm in the UK this bike has front and rear brake cables reversed which is common on the Continent. The other thing that is unusual for the UK pre-war is that this Dawes has a three speed aluminium Simplex 'Champion de Monde' derailleur complete with skinny 'The Simplex' shifter. Derailleurs were a rare sight in pre-war Britain and were banned from club sport until '39, I have been led to believe...Making this machine possibly sold abroad and re-imported later.
Mudguards are Bluemells Duplex 'No-weights' in perfect condition which go appropriately with the 531 frame and lightweight dunlop racing rims. It needs 2 new inner tubes, two new handlebar grips and a couple of spring cable guides to make it fully ready to ride but has lost most of it's chrome plating including the front forks. ...Oh...spokes are ultra thin and were painted black.
My dilemma is simple...The mudguards alone are worth breaking the bike for...And it's my business after all...But it's a complete, properly exotic pre-war lightweight. Sadly, the likelyhood of finding a woman who appreciates such a thing...or more relevently for Ebay...TWO women who do so (otherwise one doesn't have an auction) are slim! Basically, as far as Ebay is concerned, if it's got pull back bars and a wicker basket it's worth 150...Doesn't matter if it's a gorgeous '61 BSA or a nasty Chinese knock-off...I want someone to buy this who can appreciate and revel in the fact that they are riding a 1939 competition machine...But hey ho....
Anyway...Anyone got any leads or info on pre-war stuff...
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          RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:late 70s DAWESposted by Tod Z on 2/1/2010 at 9:18:15 AM
I am in search of a late 60's early 70's Dawes Galaxy I think (Green and Gold?). I bought one new in High School(around 1970)and would like to find one preferanly to restore. Let me know if you can provide any info.
Thx
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          RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:late 70s DAWESposted by james marko on 3/16/2010 at 6:01:27 PM
does any one know where i can get a headset race for a early 70/s dawes galaxey bike i live here in new jersey usa please email me let me know it rides nice
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          RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:late 70s DAWESposted by james marko on 3/16/2010 at 6:02:44 PM
does any one know where i can get a headset race for a early 70/s dawes galaxey bike i live here in new jersey usa please email me let me know it rides nice jamesmarko@rocketmail.com
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          RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:late 70s DAWESposted by Jeff on 4/24/2010 at 9:35:23 PM
This is an interesting topic and is the most I have found on the early Dawes bikes. I just picked up what I believe is a 1949(that is the date on the Sturmey Archer rear hub) it also has the Hiduminium side pull brakes. Would love to see some pictures of early examples like mine.
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          RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:late 70s DAWESposted by Tony Gartland on 4/27/2010 at 2:10:44 AM
Hello, I had a DAWES in the early 80's but I forget its name. It had a brown and gold frame, quick release wheels and a SUPER comfortable gear ratio.....it was stolen..can anybody help with the name please???
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          RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:late 70s DAWESposted by Guy Z on 5/23/2010 at 8:41:38 AM
My wife has a Dawes she bought in 1969 or 1970. Men's bike, smaller frame, 10-speed, light blue with gold. Needs love. Anyone interested?
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          RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:late 70s DAWESposted by brian baker on 6/16/2010 at 3:43:57 AM
Im looking for a rear wheel for a Dawes Gents Racing Bike the size is 28inch, if possible it needs the gearing cassette.
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          RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:late 70s DAWESposted by Kirk on 7/4/2010 at 3:14:00 AM
I just picked up a very nice Dawes Galaxy (Green, looks to be from about 1970) at a yard sale for $5 !!!

On Tuesday, I begin overhauling the bike...although it appears to be just about perfect. Even the rims are straight and true.

I will probably strip the bike, bead blast the frame...and re-paint (leaving the chrome sections alone and re-doing the green parts. I hope I can find or make water decals to replace the originals.

I will also probably replace the cottered crank with something a bit more up to date.

Should be fun!

--Kirk in MN
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          RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:late 70s DAWESposted by rosalee on 7/25/2010 at 9:21:49 PM
my husband has a mint condition dawes 10 speed reynolds 25" 531 tube frame. original owner bought in 1970 handle bars have etchings would like to know worth. thanks
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          RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:late 70s DAWESposted by Ed on 9/15/2010 at 7:24:53 AM
Hi Ive just bought a Dawes Dalesman, pretty old. has weinmann brakes, benelux drivetrain witha suicide front shifter and some pretty nice rigida rims.

Anyone got any idea as to how old this might be?

Cant find any info anywhere! The guy I bought it off said he's had it for 30 years and his brother had it for several years before that.

Cheers

Ed
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          RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:late 70s DAWESposted by 248-802-8460 on 11/28/2010 at 11:40:50 PM
FOR SALE Red Galaxy, 10 speed. Needs chain and rear del. Some tlc needed. Clean bike and perfect for winter project.
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          RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:late 70s DAWESposted by Chris on 3/13/2011 at 5:15:41 PM
Hullo all

I have a Dawes Warwick that I bought new in about 1984, from a Dawes dealer in Shrewsbury (UK). I remember a bike magazine review at the time called it "a good superior commuter or basic tourer". I might still have the Dawes brochure somewhere - will try and find it.

Chris
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          RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:late 70s DAWESposted by rick on 5/1/2011 at 3:39:49 AM
I saw a 1970s galaxy on craigslist today in the SFbay areaif anyone is interested
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          RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:late 70s DAWESposted by R0B on 5/17/2011 at 9:23:53 PM
I've got a Dawes Galaxy 10 speed, 27" Bicycle made in the early 70's. It's been in my sisters storage for about 25 years and then been in my extra bedroom for about another 12 years just collecting dust. With a little elbowgrease the leather seat, plastic break cables and the handle bar tape can make this bike look almost brand new.

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          RE:VINTAGE LIGHTWEIGHTS:late 70s DAWESposted by Bob on 7/21/2011 at 8:01:58 PM
I have a near mint 1972 Dawes Galaxy that my brother bought brand new for school. He rode it to school all the time. Then he rode it to College all the time. He handed it down to his son and his son rode it for a while. I got it from him and have had it put up for years. I rode it today. It still rides like brand new. This bike is all original from top to bottom. It has everything in tact. Has the plugs on the end of the grips, has the original tape on the bars, mint Brooks B-15 saddle, even has a Schwinn head lamp that is mounted on the left side fork and works like brand new. It has a Pletscher rack "Made in Switzerland" on the back. I rode it today and all gears switch and brakes work. I am cleaning it now and can send pics. It is the green and gold Galaxy. A Real Beauty. Anyone that is interested in a true near mint classic bike like this, I am taking offers. I will send pics on request.
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