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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 4:34 pm 
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A friend of mine has just acquired this lovely piece of bicycle

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No apparent markings, frame number etc, but is nicely made, and has nice kit too, mostly shimano 600. I'm not 100% certain the 600 stuff is original

So, can anyone tell me more about it?


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 4:41 pm 
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Looks like a Raleigh / Carlton etc 80's vintage. Is here a frame number on it anywhere ?

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 4:45 pm 
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I havent been able to locate one as yet.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 5:21 pm 
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Down the seat tube near the seat cluster, Non-drive side rear drop out? lugs are a Crespera lookalike, brakes are nutted so early eighties.

Does the seat post have a size stamped on it?

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 5:37 pm 
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Unfortunately it's not at my house any more. I'll have another look next time i see my friend. I'm inclined to agree with you having doine a bit of digging.

while it was here i weighed it at 23lb

the rourke decals look old, and they look legit too. My suspicion is it may have been refinished there at some stage - do/did rourke ever do the "Argos thing" of putting their brand on stuff they repainted?


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 8:07 pm 
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cce wrote:
do/did rourke ever do the "Argos thing" of putting their brand on stuff they repainted?


Yes, they do, I have seen a couple of bikes that are definitely not Rourke but have the Rourke decals. Also, I thought all Rourke made frames had wraparound seat stays.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 8:46 pm 
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NeilM wrote:
cce wrote:
do/did rourke ever do the "Argos thing" of putting their brand on stuff they repainted?


Yes, they do, I have seen a couple of bikes that are definitely not Rourke but have the Rourke decals. Also, I thought all Rourke made frames had wraparound seat stays.


I'm sure Rourke always do wrap around seat stays on their own frames:

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 11:13 pm 
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http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=52490

As mentioned on another site it's unlikely to be a Rourke..

Rourke's have other seat stay treatments but for the most part they are wrap round, semi wrap round and chamfered in or shot in ..

I guess you are not andy-ski?

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:12 am 
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No i'm not. It belongs to a friend of mine, who bought it from someone she works with, who I dont think is called andy either. so it looks like it's been on the move


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 8:16 am 
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100% not a Rourkie.

They wouldn't brand one of their own resprays with Rourke decals either.


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