I should call this George Washington's bike...
is my 1970(?) Dawes Galaxy. It belonged to a friend's father who
bought it new and used it to commute 10 miles to and from work.
I bought it in late November 2009 after it had been stored in the
rafters for about 30 years. The only original parts are the frame,
the forks and the stem - everything else had to be replaced. The
frame (531 Reynolds) was bead blasted and powder coated a metallic
dark green (the original brown was nothing short of horrendous);
the metallic shows more in the pictures than in real life. The mechanic
at the LBS pinstriped all of the lugs. Both wheels were replaced
with 700c so it would be easier to buy tubes and tires. Gearing
was upgraded from 10 to 14 speed. The down tube shifters were replaced
with bar-end shifters. The saddle is a honey-colored Brooks B17
and the bar tape is brown Velo Orange tape (we missed on matching
it with the saddle, but I don't notice it when I'm riding). The
original brown fenders were replaced with the aluminum units, seen
here. I was going to replace the decals, but cannot find any that
are period correct (the oldest I can find are late 70's/early 80's).
I still have the original handlebars with the etching, but unfortunately
they are a) cracked and b) too narrow for me, thus they are hanging
in the garage.
also notice that there is virtually no seat post showing. This bike
is about 5cm too large for me, I reckon, so IÕm going with the "French"
goal was not to restore the bike, but to repair and upgrade while
retaining the classic look. I think we did a good job.
Santa Clara, CA