Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Galaxy gets a makeover… part II

Picked this up from Armourtex this afternoon, the green paint is great and the pearl lacquer really glistens in the sun. It’s currently at LMNH’s having the headset installed, but here’s a quick teaser:


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The Galaxy gets a makeover…

I’ve had my Dawes Galaxy which I bought s/h from a CTC forum member for a couple of years now (see my earlier posts), with a selection of nice but reliable parts. Here it is when last rideable on a short tour:
But for the last year it had been sitting out of action with a cracked headtube. About 5 months ago I got Ryan at Oak Cycles to repair it, which he did brilliantly – thoroughly recommended, since when it has been languishing ontop of the wardrobe awaiting funds to get it powdercoated at Armourtex.

I dropped it in yesterday, the chosen colour being RAL 6035 with a pearl gloss Lacquer.

Now i just have the task of cleaning the box of parts – all in a fairly sorry state – so I can stick it all together once the frame is done. The build will involve all the previous bits (full list to come), plus new consumables – tape, pads, cables etc… and possibly some Nitto noodle rando bars. Some of my inspiration is detailed in this post.

 Stronglight 170mm Touring Triple 48/38/28
Shimano 105 rear derailleur – Shimano RX100 front derailleur

Shimano RX100 downtube shifters

Avid Shorty 6 cantilver brakes

Tektro touring pedals with MKS (njs!) toeclips

3TTT stem with possibly 3ttt ergo bars and unknown brake levers

Campagnolo lowflange road hubs laced to (F) Alesa 917 rim and (R) Mavic Open Sport rim

There’s also a blackburn rear rack, cheap seatpost with either a flite max or a charge bucket, and some black plastic mudguards.

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Bespoked Bristol 2013

I admit these photos area  little late, but none the less here are a selection of my shots from Bespoked Bristol 2013 back in March. It was a great show with the hall jam packed with fabulous bicycles and frames of all shapes and sizes. What was really impressive was the consistent high level of quality across all the stands, from the established Roberts, Rourke, Hewitt et al… to the younger generation Oak, Feather, Donhou etc…

I’ll definitely be back next year!

The rest of my set can be seen on Fickr

Roberts Cycles

Reynolds Tubing

Era Cycles

Oak Cycles

Columbus Tubing

Gunnar Bikes

Oak Cycles


The rest of my set can be seen on Fickr

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