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Dawes Galaxy touring bike, good condition for age
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two scratches on seat tube paint and the signs of normal wear you would expect from a Galaxy used

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Condition: Used
Seller notes: two scratches on seat tube paint and the signs of normal wear you would expect from a Galaxy used for touring. I have the original receipt from Evernden Cycles in Paddock Wood, Kent.
Brand: Dawes Wheel Size: 700C
Type: Touring Bike Frame Material: Steel
Frame Size: 22.5ins Frame Colour: Red
Brake Type: All Caliper
This is my trusty Dawes Galaxy tourer, which I found to be reliable, and comfortable. I am being made redundant so my plans for cycle touring have changed, that is why I am selling it.

I've used it for only a few tours and it has behaved itself very well. I used it for my touring: a week down the Loire in France carrying camping kit, a few days in Norfolk (unloaded, we returned to base each night) two weeks across France carrying camping kit back from the Med to the Channel, a week in Holland (unloaded riding) and two weeks riding from Gibraltar to Madrid in January on a lightly-loaded trip because we were staying in hotels. So the use I have given it would be described as infrequent, and with luggage. 

I bought it from a friend of mine who bought it brand new in 1998, used it for two years (not heavily laden) but when fatherhood arrived it spent 10 years at the back of his garage and he sold it to me three years ago. I still have the original receipt (see the photos) and I'll pass a photocopy on to you (with his name and address blacked out which seems only polite). I replaced the brake blocks, the tyres and the innertubes, plus the cables. The rear brake blocks are brand new because I wore the old ones down on the Spain trip, so have put Koolstop Salmon blocks on because friends tell me they work best in the wet and they last. You will also get a spare set of the same blocks (see the photograph) that I bought to put on the front, but the front brakes work pretty well so I haven't bothered to replace those blocks. The rear brakes also have new cable inner and outer, because I thought it was a good idea. The handlebar tape is thicker than usual because I bought some "Bar Phat" tape, which comes with gel pads and put that over the original red bar tape, which makes for a more comfortable ride.

The bike currently has an adjustable stem fitted, you loosen an Allen bolt and the stem goes up or down, which means you can lower or raise the handlebars. It came with the original quill stem, which you will also get, but I preferred to have the handlebars a bit higher than the quill stem would allow. It doesn't take long to refit the quill stem, although you would need to take all the handlebar tape off and put it back. 

As for sizing, the original receipt says the bike is a 57cm frame, and that is the distance I measured from the middle of the crank to the point where the seatpost enters the frame. I measured what I think is called the "standover height" from the ground to the top of the crossbar and it is 82cm. I am 6ft 2in and my inside leg for trousers is 32ins, (sorry about mixing metric and Imperial) and the saddle is set for my height and you can see there is a fair bit of seatpost showing, so if your legs are longer you will probably find this a bit small. As for the armlength and position of the handlebars, I measured from the front of the seatpost to the rear of the stem and it is 53cm.

Most of my riding is done on a Thorn Audax Mk 3 bike but that is not strong enough to carry luggage so I use the Galaxy for touring, but hardly ever get on it in the course of a normal year, apart from the tours. The helpful baggage handlers managed to scratch the frame on the return flight from Madrid in January, and I had planned to paint this over but on reflection I think it is fairer to sell it as it is, so you can see the scratches, which go through the top layer of paint. Apart from that, it has the normal marks you would expect of a bike of that age.

The pedals are Shimano, clips on one side and flat on the other. The chainwheels and the cassette and chain are original equipment, and not been messed with at all. The gears change OK, the bar end shifters are very reliable. After a trip I used to clean the chain in Swarfega degreaser then put dry chain lube on it. The rubber of the brake hoods is old and battered and I have put black insulating tape on it. The rear rack shows some wear on its shiny silver surface where my Ortlieb panniers have been and its pretty solid - I've had two loaded Ortleib panniers, a tent, camping mat and groundsheet protector on and it's been fine. The Marathon Pluses are in OK condition, There are a few spare spokes held on to the top tube with black insulating tape in case I ever needed them. The hubs have a small grease inlet in them, the idea is you pump grease into them and the bearings stay greased. There are two bottle cages attached to the frame. There is a "spacer bar" attached just above the front mudguard to put lights on. There is a wired trip computer on it, please remind me to include in the packing the spare battery for this.

There is no reserve on this and I'll accept a return within three days of getting it if it is not as described. I'll dismantle it and put it in a cardboard bike box from my local shop and arrange the delivery to you. If you live in Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, the Isle of Wight and the Scottish Highlands and Islands regions it'll cost you more than the "normal" £35 postage. If you live near me, I'll deliver it to you by car for free.

I think that is about all, if you have any questions, please let me know.  

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