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Tell us some more about the wheels and tyres.Did they work well in the conditions you encountered?

State the frame and fork material and method of construction. Maybe I've been spoiled by riding bikes with discs, but the Shimano cantis seemed weak and gutless with no bite. They built excellent bikes for tourists… and for Youth Hostellers… and for Clubmen…. Anything further to say about the bike in conclusion? This year see's the upgrade to 30 speed with Shimanos' brand new 10 speed Tiagra gears so now there are enough gears to take you almost anywhere. Tell us about the materials used in the frame and fork? Rims Alex XT19 double wall alloy with eyelets. Unflashy but a solid and reassuring companion. Was it lively, neutral or unresponsive? A sensible mix of classic bits - Deore hubs and Schwalbe Marathon tyres. Tell us some more about the drivetrain. To define what DAWES meant to the sporting family cyclist, one had only to visit the annual Cyclists Touring Club (CTC) Rally, held in June on the Knavesmire at York. This Dawes Galaxy retro bike, made from Reynolds 531 steel tubing, is a classic touring bicycle from the early 80s. Tell us some more about the handling. If you're thinking of buying this product using a cashback deal why not use the Top Cashback page and get some top cashback while helping to support your favourite independent cycling website. Feels quite short from seat to bars, but that may well be because the bars are set so high. 631 is a popular material for long distance frames, being just a bit stronger than 520 and providing a comfortable ride without sacrificing strength. The tyres in particular impressed me - they roll better than you might expect and are showing very little sign of wear.

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How did it compare to other bikes of the same stated size? This Dawes Galaxy is a touring bike which is perfect for everyday riding as well as all terrain excursions. It was almost as though, at a certain time in the firm’s history, the company owed its existence to the CTC members who bought their faithful bikes. Facebook Tell us how you felt about the ride quality. Yes - I was unimpressed with the Shimano canti brakes. Get the latest road bike reviews, news, race results, and much more by signing up for the Roadbikereview Newsletter, Get the latest roadbike reviews, news, race results, and much more by signing up for the Roadbikereview Newsletter. Did any part of the bike feel too stiff or too flexible?

Tell us about the build quality and finish of the frame and fork? Alex rims are sturdy too. The forks use butted chromoly blades that make for a smooth but reliably strong ride for the longest journeys. The shallow drop bars (FSA Wing Compact) are a favourite of mine and make it easy to cruise on the drops without putting your back in jeopardy. I'd be inclined to try some different brake blocks, but a swap to some different brakes at point of purchase might be worth considering. 64cm Dawes Galaxy SOLD: For Sale & Auction: 17: 6 Nov 2019: F: Dawes Galaxy Touring bike: Vintage & Classic Bikes: 7: 10 Sep 2019: Dawes Galaxy: Vintage & Classic Bikes: 8: 15 Jul 2019: Tandem Resurrection - Dawes Super Galaxy Twin: Tandem & Other Bikes: 2: 26 Feb 2019 Terms and conditions of use. Overall I enjoyed riding the Super Galaxy. They also have a reputation for being highly p*nct*re resistant. How was the bike in terms of height and reach? The latest iteration continues that noble tradition. What do the manufacturers say about it?

It's incredibly high - even with the (butt ugly) adjustable stem set at its lowest, the bars are a full 5cm higher than they are on the Raleigh Sojourn I tested earlier this year. Generations have passed, empires have crumbled and George Hincapie's varicose veins have finally retired, but the Dawes Galaxy is still trundling around the globe bringing colourful panniers and expedition beards to grateful villagers in far-flung parts - and if someone hasn't started a travel memoir with the words 'a long time ago and on a Galaxy far, far away' then they jolly well should.

Big tyres iron out bumps and the frame builds in comfort with raked steel fork and compact design. 48cm Frame Reynolds 631 double butted tubing Classic Green colour. This tubeset is super tough which means the wall thickness can be reduced to save weight without reducing overall strength. Tiagra shifters perform well, and are excellent value. A change of pad might improve matters. Would you change the wheels or tyres? Charles F Dawes set up Dawes Cycles Ltd in 1926 in Birmingham in the West Midlands., Twitter Fully set-up, fully working and ready to ride… Has only been used for a magazine photo shoot. Website design, Please note pedals and bottle cage not included. Whether that is a problem is entirely up to you, but the plain-jane Galaxy has bar-end shifters which solve the problem as well as offering a lower-tech option for those tricky arse-end-of-nowhere repairs. Tech, reviews: tech [at] © 2008–present unless otherwise stated. This Dawes Galaxy retro bike, made from Reynolds 531 steel tubing, is a classic touring bicycle from the early 80s. Now equipped with 30 speed Shimano Tiagra gears with bar end shifters, Shimano cantilever brakes, Tubus Logo carrier, Alex double wall eyeletted rims, Shimano hubs and Schwalbe tyres. The Galaxy has changed shape over the years and the current crop (in three flavours, plain, Super and Ultra) all have a compact frame, 631 steel for the Galaxy and Super, 853 for the Ultra. Dawes Galaxy Classic 2014 Good condition. Our mission is to bring you all the news that’s relevant to you as a cyclist, independent reviews, impartial buying advice and more. The Galaxy is a great touring bike and the best known for a good reason. It's a sturdy beast, but by no means dull and it should last a lifetime. The saddle, a Selle Italia Flite FLX, suffered a weird injury during a brief intermission in the testing (the bike went to some chap in York for a month or so) so I swapped it out for a Brooks, but it felt comfy enough when I did use it and was the saddle of choice for my mate Andy during his LEJOG last year.

The structured training plans on TrainerRoad are absolutely brilliant and would be ideal for your purposes to get started on straight away. That's not quite as low as the 20" that the Surly LHT sported, but it was low enough to get me up the demented goat-track of Peppardon Hill on this years Dartmoor Devil and it's plenty low enough for a loaded tourer. Comment on any other components (good or bad). Did it feel efficient? Best Cycling Website, BikeBiz Awards 2018, in: Specialized, Canyon and Giant increase bike prices, in: Near Miss of the Day 493: Close pass on cyclists two abreast, in: British Cycling urges government to allow small group rides, in: Surrey withdraws support for RideLondon, in: Pro releases new range of premium tools, in: FFWD launch new aero road and gravel wheels, in: Cycling UK urges government for clarity on cycling rules, in: What training plan to prepare for starting HR zone training. At least, I think that's what it means and while there's a whole debate to be had about the merits of different steels and whether the numbers mean a great deal in the Real World(TM). The drivetrain is a mix of road and MTB with Tiagra shifters and mechs controlling a 48/38/26 Deore chainset. How did the bike feel overall?

Weight 14 kilos Bar End Shifters Collect or can deliver within 20 miles of Reading You can't play football in the lockdown but luckily for us you can get out on your bike.... Endura aren't going to like that Pro logo. would you recommend any changes? Was the bike comfortable to ride? How would the controls work for larger or smaller riders? They stopped me, eventually, but I found myself moving from the tops to the drops in order to pull harder on the levers. If so, was it a problem? They were poor, with modest stopping power and no bite.

The one thing I didn't like was the brakes. I'd be hard pushed to spot much difference between the different grades.

If you get stopped, just put your Cummings mask on. Your subscription will help us to do more. I can't think of anything that I'd change so far as comfort is concerned. We try to ensure every bike is well suited to the rider, as a result we have included the following as a guideline for the ideal rider: For general enquiries The bars themselves are pretty narrow (40cm) which means that fitting a bar-bag is going to be a real challenge, given that the Tiagra shifters still have side-exiting cables. Terms and conditions | Anything you particularly did or didn't like? Schwalbe Marathons are very hard wearing. © Copyright 2020 VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved. Any components which didn't work well together? The only downside is the feeble brakes, but that's a problem that can be overcome. Any particularly good or bad components? The legendary Galaxy features a legendary tubeset from Reynolds – 631. As a subscriber you can read ad-free, from as little as £1.99. What I do know is that the Super Galaxy does have a very nice ride although quite a lot of that might be down to the 32mm Schwalbe Marathon tyres. The Galaxy has changed shape over the years and the current crop (in three flavours, plain, Super and Ultra) all have a compact frame, 631 steel for the Galaxy and Super, 853 for the Ultra. I've been testing the Super for a large proportion of the year and having racked up well over 700 miles I can confidently say that it's a very nice bike and I'd happily own one. Even in the Rally’s heydey, when there would be displays of handbuilt frames by Woodrup, Mercian and Carlton, there would be hundreds of cyclists arriving on their Galaxies and Super Galaxies. Charles F Dawes set up Dawes Cycles Ltd in 1926 in Birmingham in the West Midlands. Not quite as tiny as the Surly LHT I tested recently, but still enough to get you up walls. Touch wood that hasn't been fully tested yet, because they also have a reputation for being a complete pig to remove and fit. As you might have gathered, the Super Galaxy isn't exactly built for speed. Well made and tidy with a tough paint job. The revenue from adverts helps to fund our site. Wide gear range Freewheel 11-34 Chain set 48-36-24 Excellent for hill climbing. Advertising, commercial: sales [at] road.ccView our media pack.

The forks use butted chromoly blades that make for a smooth but reliably strong ride for the longest journeys. Tell us about the geometry of the frame and fork? All material © Farrelly Atkinson (F-At) Limited, Unit 7b Green Park Station BA11JB.

The ladies version is equipped with a ladies specific Sporttourer FLX gel saddle and narrow road bars. We’ve noticed you’re using an ad blocker.

Anything else you want to say about the componentry? The wheels are a reliable mix - our old friend Deore provides the hubs while the rims are Alex XT19s and the tyres are the tourist's favourite, the Schwalbe Marathon.

The handling is as steady as you'd expect from a touring bike but it's still enjoyable to ride.