| I recently acquired an older French bike and am hoping to collect some information.|
Does any of this sound familiar to you?
Reynolds 531 butted tubing
Reynolds Taper-Gauge HM SR Fork
There does appear to be a bracket for a front derailleur, but no derailleur itself.
The stem has a double bolt clamp and it’s label is in script. It may say Unid or Unic and also Brevete.
The Front hub is labeled Edco and has two large wing nuts which I assume are the predecessor to quick release systems.
Brake Levers: MAFAC
Rear Shifter: Huret
Platform Pedals: Berthet Lyotard made in France
Downtube: "La Sportive"
Head Tube: Decal with an old Sailing Battleship Top Tube: "Type Course"
Seat Tube: another ship decal and "Paris"
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Eagle which looks too new for the bike
Bottom Bracket Stamp: Nervex 61 o 64 o 022 2(in small type) E38
I have an older girl's Huffy bicycle with banana seat and it's "name" is "Dream Girl". I can't seem to find anything about it. Can anyone help? I'll try and get a picture soon.
| I picked this bike up at a swap meet years ago. I am not sure of the maker nor of the year. It is a steel lugged full chrome frame with blue Shimano racing decals on the down tube. It is has full Shimano 600 components. Araya rims (clinchers). I have not been able to find out anything on this bike. Please help or this bike will soon become a fixed gear beater. Thanks, Chris|
| One or two (maybe the same) "Shimano" bikes have turned up on Ebay over the last few years. They seem to have been good quality frames (built by ?) intended to showcase Shimano components. I got a Guerciotti this spring w/600 group on it that also sported a big vinyl "Shimano" on the top tube. (I couldn't stand it and removed it) Take photos of the frame construction details, post 'em on the net, and see if anyone recognizes it.|
| Here's a subjective and maybe controversial method of deciding.|
Are the dropouts forged or stamped. If stamped...beater. If forged and are also "vertical", then the fixie may be more difficult to setup.
Does it have a frame sticker suggesting butted tubing? If not...beater.
Is the chrome rusting and pitted. If yes...beater.
Does the bike weigh more than 24 lbs? If so...beater.
Ebay the 600 components to finance the building of a rear fixed wheel.
| Around here (Boston) you can get fixed/free machine built wheels w/ss spokes, Weinmann rim, and IRO hub for about $50.|
| I am adding the serial #, if that might help. |
It is M2H11278
The drop outs are forged, and horizontal. The chrome is ok, but someone started to remove it and paint some of it. The dropouts are also stamped Shimano. Does anyone have an Idea of who the manufacturer was? I dont believe shimano made frames. Thanks
| I just acquired a Raleigh that doesn't seem to fit any US models for 1972. The serial number is G3073 and the bike has a 26.8 seatpost that seems to fit so I thought the frame was straight guage Reynolds 531 which should have a seatpost of 26.4 but the fork is identical to my 1972 Professional as is the TTT Record stem like the Professional. The bike had Campagnolo NR derailleurs. There is no sign of chrome on the fork tips or stays and the fork does not have the chrome trim at the bridge of a Professional. The chain stays are identical to an older Super Course and has the same cable brazons as a Super Course. Does anyone have a catalog of home market bikes that might explain the bike? |
I believe the bike has been repainted to its current metalic blue and other than a butted 531 Reynolds sticker on the fork there are no decals which would help.
I can post pictures but I don't think they will help.
| I suspect that what you have is a repainted Gran Sport. They are often found showing signs of hard use (like mine) and would be a prime candidate for a repainting. They were, I think, the lowest-grade early-'70s Raleigh to have a full 531DB frame, and most of the Carlton/Raleighs seem to have the same cable brazeons. Try making a tiny scrape in the paint where the forks/stays should be chromed; I suspect that they were painted over after chrome went out of fashion.|
You don't say how the stays "are identical to an older Super Course", but I suppose you mean that the dropouts are plain - no derailleur mounting boss. The 1973 catalog showed the Gran Sport with boss-equipped Simplex dropouts, but mine has plain dropouts, as do other Gran Sports that I've seen, both on the road or on eBay. (Frank Berto, in "The Dancing Chain" notes that Huret and Simplex couldn't agree on specifications for derailleur bosses, and I would guess that it was simpler to use a plain dropout with a mounting plate for the derailleur.)
If it is a Gran Sport, you have a good frame. Mine is a very well-liked commuter, now fitted with a Sturmey 5-speed hub.
| I have recently purchased and am restoring a CCM formula 1 mens 10 speed road racer (style) bike. I am not sure when it was built.I did not see any numbers under the crank housing.|
The shifters are on the down tube. And it does NOT have the
add-on brake-levers that allow you to brake when using the horizontal bart of the bars. pic/craigslist/Mi/lansing/Bikes
or I would be happy to e-mail a pic to anyone (for dating the cycle) thanks, Hugh