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Trying to find my racing bike manufacturer
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Hi all. I'm trying to find who made my old racing bike, it has Reynolds 531 tubing, Shimano 'Titelist' 6 speed, Sugino Maxy crank, Normandy alloy wheels which I think are dated 1977 from the code on…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pete May 7, 2012.

 

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Pete replied to Pete's discussion Trying to find my racing bike manufacturer
"Many thanks Allen - that's great to find a photo that's so similar.  I think that may clinch it as you say, and I certainly hope it could be a Falcon.  By pure chance I discovered a relation of a friend used to work at the Falcon…"
May 7, 2012
Pete replied to Pete's discussion Trying to find my racing bike manufacturer
"There's no sign of holes for a head tube badge, either still there or filled.   My gut feel after looking at photos of other bikes with the wraparound seat stays, and because of the components fitted, is that the odds are slightly in…"
May 5, 2012
Comrade Cycles replied to Pete's discussion Trying to find my racing bike manufacturer
"The Ralieghs tend to have sharper, more distinctive, cuts on the lugs. Especially frames built with 531."
May 5, 2012
Comrade Cycles replied to Pete's discussion Trying to find my racing bike manufacturer
"Good call Michael. Possibly a Raleigh made Rampar? They glued the headbadges. That seat stay/seat tube wrap is pretty distinctive. Although I can't say I've seen or noticed it on Rampar branded bikes."
May 5, 2012
Michael A replied to Pete's discussion Trying to find my racing bike manufacturer
"If it was a raleigh it would have had a head tube badge or at least the holes from where one once lived."
May 4, 2012
Comrade Cycles replied to Pete's discussion Trying to find my racing bike manufacturer
"I'm gonna agree with Mike. That looks very Raleigh Gran Sport or Gran Prix."
May 4, 2012
Pete commented on Pete's photo
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Pete's bike - lug under seat and worn 531 sticker

"Many thanks - I originally thought it was a Falcon going by the components fitted, and the wrap around seat stays are anothe pointer to it possibly being a Falcon.  Appreciate your efforts, thanks!  Will carry on looking as it would…"
May 4, 2012
Mike Fiasco replied to Pete's discussion Trying to find my racing bike manufacturer
"I have a Raleigh Gran Sport that has a wraparound lug like on your bike.  It's also 531.  The Sugino Super Maxy crank was a common upgrade for people who wanted to swap out their stock cottered cranks back in those times."
May 4, 2012
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May 4, 2012
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May 4, 2012
S.Presley☠ commented on Pete's photo
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Pete's bike - lug under seat and worn 531 sticker

"I've been googling for way to long to find a frame that looks like yours. I finally realized that "reynolds 531" is only the type of tubing and not the manufacture of the frame. The way the rear down tube wraps above the top tube is…"
May 4, 2012
S.Presley☠ commented on Pete's photo
May 4, 2012
Cameron 7.5 mi replied to Pete's discussion Trying to find my racing bike manufacturer
"Since you bought it in the UK, you might want to post it to the BBC: http://www.thechainlink.org/group/bbc"
May 4, 2012
Cameron 7.5 mi replied to Pete's discussion Trying to find my racing bike manufacturer
"This seat stay detail looks fairly unique, but isn't anything I recognize. http://www.thechainlink.org/photo/pete-s-bike-lug-under-seat-and-worn-531-sticker"
May 4, 2012
Pete replied to Pete's discussion Trying to find my racing bike manufacturer
"Photos added - do the photos give any clue to manufacturer?  My best guess from components is that the frame dates from mid to late 1970s.   Reynolds 531 tubing - are the lugs distinctive of any particular manufacturer?  Would…"
May 4, 2012
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Trying to find who made my racing bike, it has Reynolds 531 tubing, Shimano 6 speed, Sugino Maxy crank, Normandy alloy wheels which I think are dated 1977 from the code on the hubs. Fitted with Weinmann centrepulls with extra 'safety levers'. Frame serial number 63169. Would love to know who made it or where to find out! Possibly Falcon? Cheers

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