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The.Gren

Member since Aug 2014 • Last active Feb 2020
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Old fossil living in Reading - mostly MTB, but I love a bit of 531

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    eBay 5% off with "PARTY5" seems to work on most stuff.

    Min price £50
    Max discount £50.

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    We had a discussion on setting up these coil spring jobbies a few pages back - that should save you a few minutes and many cuss-words ;-)

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    Trying to upload files using the forum link is not working !?
    OK created an imgur account.... shoud be 3 iages, please let me know if you can't see them.
    Thanks again for your help.


    interesting high and narrow chainstay profile at the BB.

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    Thanks for the input, I got a rather insistant with the Dulux emusion on the BB and out popped "E 5816" as a frame number, which is matched on the fork stem.

    What I've found on the web =
    C.Butler
    January 1950 – October 1956, first two numbers = year, next = month.
    November 1956 – July 1958, in receiver so a black hole !?
    January 1959 – Mid 1967, Holdsworth ownership, sequential until about 31000
    So it's not a Claude unless they made frames when in receivership, in which case it'd be a Jan 1958, #6.

    Hobbs
    Starting 1947, a letter indicates the month A-L. Then a four or five digit number, the first digit indicates the year. Thus number A7151, was built in January 1947.
    In 1950's the system simply used the prefix 0, 1, 2 or 3.
    But they stopped making frames in 1953 - so a 5 as the year would not fit !?
    Also I understand they used to stamp the number on the dropout.
    So it may not be one of them :-(

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    Anyone wanna play guess the frame builder ??
    Full lugless construction, grease nipple bb, pencil thin seat stays, very flattened chain stays.

    I'll pull the forks to look for a number later as the BB and ends ain't giving away any secrets.
    Guessing it's a Butler or Hobbs, or ???

    Trying to upload more pics, but 'taint easy.

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    At least Adolf only tried to take what wasn't his, and we won it back. Angela gave away what wasn't hers to give, and you will never regain it.

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    Well you are in luck ! You could easily build 99% the same thing based on a Dawes Galaxy, or more recent frame, for about 25% of that price ;-)

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    If you soaked the transfers in water - why would you then use a brush soaked in lacquer to move them about ? Sorry if dumb question, but I'm about to do the same.

    Love the bike, patina belongs on these machines! I can't stand all these fucktards making everything as new, it takes the bike's soul away IMHO.

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    The flat coiled spring was good at grabbing mud and creating a grinding compound. I wonder if there is any wear inside the windings of the spring causing friction, or just enough to make it hessitate to accomodate the next cog - did that make any sense !?

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